The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019)

It’s a generalization to be sure, but there are few things finer and more consistently entertaining than South Korean thrillers. From their focus on twisty narratives, knife fights, and frenzied fight action to their unrestrained tonal elasticity, their niche in the world of international cinema is more secure and reliable than most. The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil is the latest Korean export, and it’s a slick thriller and a terrifically entertaining two-hander about enemies forced into an unlikely partnership to bring down a greater evil. It’s also bloody great fun.

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil presents three men, each crossing the line in varied ways, and while it’s clear who the truly vile one is, the point remains that all people are multitudes and capable of more than one thing. There’s a reason there’s no “and” between the cop and the devil.

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