With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THE PRISON is available today

Well Go USA
The Prison
Directed by Na Hyun
Starring Kim Rae-won & Han Suk-kyu
South Korea, 2017, 125 minutes

The South Korean crime thriller The Prison is available today, Tuesday, September 19th, on digital and Blu-ray™ from Well Go USA Entertainment. This review is based on my watching the Blu-ray.

Police Lt. Song Yu-gon (Kim Rae-won, Gangnam Blues), convicted in a hit and run accident, is sent to prison. There he finds that the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate, Jung Ik-ho (Han Suk-kyu, The Berlin File). With the collusion of the warden and guards, and associates on "the outside", Jung sends out select teams of inmates on various criminal assignments. Their status as prisoners provides them with perfect alibis. Song initially runs afoul of his fellow inmates, but eventually chooses to cooperate and become an important member of Jung’s operation.

Disc Specs:
— Audio
   — Korean DTS HDMA 5.1
   — Korean 2.0 Stereo
— Subtitles
   — English
   — Off
— Previews (upcoming or recent Well Go USA releases)
   — The Villainess
   — A Taxi Driver
   — Bluebeard

This testosterone fueled action thriller (there's barely a female in sight) has an interesting, if far-fetched, premise and lots of good action scenes. It may not be a great film, but it surely is a very good one.

AsianCineFest Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars

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