Asura: City of Madness

Kim Sungsoo

IFFR 2017

Limelight

  • 136'
  • South Korea
  • 2016
Whether he made this hard crime film with comic undertones as criticism of the corruption scandals that ravaged South Korea in recent years, only Kim Sungsoo knows. He was undoubtedly inspired by them. The backdrop is the fictional city of Annam, where detective Han Dokyung sorts out the dirty business caused by the thoroughly corrupt Mayor. Possibly to pay for the care of his terminally sick wife; possibly because he is himself rotten to the core. Han is very busy. The Mayor will stop at nothing to rake in profits from a huge real estate project. There are lots of bodies. Han gets noticed by Internal Affairs as he seems to be involved in the death of a colleague and the disappearance of a prosecution witness. 
Endless darkness filled with bullets, knives, axes and people who lose it for no reason; our guide a misanthrope who has to uphold the law, but who would prefer to blow up the whole city.
Director
Kim Sungsoo
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
136'
Medium
DCP
Language
Korean
Producers
Han Jaeduk, Kang Hyun, Kim Jeongmin
Production Company
Sanai Pictures
Sales
CJ Entertainment
Screenplay
Kim Sungsoo
Cinematography
Lee Mogae
Editor
Kim Sangbum, Kim Jaebum
Production Design
Jang Geunyeong
Sound Design
Kim Changsub
Music
Lee Jaejin
Cast
Jung Woosung, Hwang Jungmin, Ju Jihoon, Kwak Dowon, Jung Mansik, Yoon Jihye, Kim Haegon
Local Distributor
Splendid Film