Hwang Jung-Min is back at it again for A Violent Prosecutor (검사외전), another crime/comedy movie. He’s moved on from the cop role to pick up as a prosecutor in Suwon. Unlike his previous movie Veteran (2015) which focused on the major conglomerates, A Violent Prosecutor takes a peak into corruption at the political level. Great timing with the US election campaigns running now.
The movie takes us to an initially peaceful protest about development on land that is better used for nature. We see Chi-Won (played by Gang Dong-Won) turn up with a bunch of gangsters. The gangsters seem to know a lot about birds, and I’ll leave it at that. Once a fight is initiated we see Chi-Won run off but not before taking a selfie.
This is where Byun Jae-Wook (played by Hwang Jung-Min) comes in. Byun Jae-Wook is an up and coming prosecutor who uses some dirty tactics to get the details he needs for a case related to the protest. Since we mostly see one side of the story, it’s hard not to agree with what he does. I definitely turned a blind eye to it.
As you can see from the above picture, they both end up in prison. Without giving too much away, Byun Jae-Wook is framed for murder and gets a 15 year sentence. Chi-Won finds himself in the yard 5 years later because,..well, plain and simple he’s a con-man.
As with a few films starring Hwang Jung-Min it’s riddled with a number of comedic pieces, though Gang Dong-Won’s character in the movie lends itself to lead more of the laughs (and more of the girls).
Chi-Won as a con man speaks in English for a substantial number of times. Every time he spoke in English the theater would erupt in laughter. Keep in mind the theater was packed with 1st and 2nd generation Koreans. So I had asked my friend if it was the accent (since many studying here wouldn’t have as strong an accent). It was just simply the fact his character was speaking English for no reason other than to look cool. For someone claiming to be from Pennsylvania, it seems like he’s not fooling anyone.
Quite a bit of the movie takes place in the prison with a few of the later scenes in the movie progressing to the outside world. Keeping the movie primarily in one place confines us to the prison walls with Hwang Jung-Min. It also allows us to focus more on the story. Just like a good crime show like CSI, we get to see all the pieces investigative pieces and planning coming together.
As a whole the movie offered a ton of laughs and some suspense. There’s something for the girls, something for the guys, and something for the law lovers.
A Violent Prosecutor is only in Cineplex Theatres until today in Toronto (Empress Walk).