Veteran (2015, 베테랑) is an action-comedy cop movie set in Seoul. Even if you’re not big on Korean movies, the story and jokes translate well, and are even Hollywood worthy. We had no idea what to expect going in since we didn’t check the trailer, making everything that much more surprising.
The movie got me interested right from the get-go, with the opening scene of a couple shopping for expensive cars. They make their way passed some BMWs and Audis to a very nice looking white Mercedes, probably S-class. The car will serve as a prop a few minutes later in an intense, and really well choreographed fight scene. This almost got me up out of my chair ready to start training, but having been only 10 minutes in I needed to watch the rest of the movie.
You’ll see a familiar face, Hwang Jung-Min (화정민) who was also in another really good movie we reviewed Ode to My Father (국제시장, 2014). I later learned that he’s the top of the top among Korean Actors right now, a real A-lister with profound talent. Hwang Jung-Min plays Seo Do-Cheol (서도철), a well recognized detective and force to be reckoned. Famous for many busts, Seo Do-Cheol is known as a good fighter and employs unorthodox ways of investigating corruption. Oh Dal-Su (오달수) plays the Team Leader Oh, pretty much the boss of Seo Do-Cheol. Jang Yoon-Ju (장윤주) is Miss Bong, also part of the team as the tom-boyish go-getter. She wasn’t particularly sexy in this role and was always wearing a track suit so we didn’t know she’s actually a model in real life. Just between us, she’s stunning.
The movie touches on a Russian mob and quickly transitions to Yoo Ah-In’s (유아인) character Jo Tae-Oh (조태오). Jo Tae-Oh, the third heir to a conglomerate, is rich and he knows it. Partying like the A-listers, and connections like crazy, Jo Tae-Oh really gives you a character to hate. I hated him so much in this movie, it was weird to see him smiling with the casts in some photos. Great actor, because I still get that dislike feeling when I see his character. Without giving too much away we’ll leave it at that, the rich and corruption.
The only thing I found a little off was that the antagonist in the movie had a Ford Mustang as his bad ass car. The opening scene as we mentioned had some nice European cars. Even the scene with the mustang has a few Mercedes pass by, before Jo Tae-Oh makes an illegal U-turn in his mustang to add to his “I don’t care about laws” attitude. I could understand if it was a Saleen Mustang or even a Shelby, but I guess since it’s a foreign car in Korea it would have still turned heads.
It was fantastic to see the star studded cast with familiar faces. Ryoo Seung-Wan the producer seems to have made good use of all involved. A wiki search reveals a sequel is already being planned. Glad to know we’ve watched 7 of the top 20 highest grossing Korean Films!
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