9 Jan 2018

Real (Sa-Rang Lee, 2017)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Boasting handsome production values, huge, sparsely decorated spaces, an identity theft (crisis?) story that reaches new levels of mind-boggling irrationality, as well as the exuberant, 'super-neonized' cinematography that gives Nicolas Winding Refn a good run for his money, Sa-Rang Lee's extremely ambitious debut feature - a sexy and pulpy neo-noir action thriller peppered with hints of science fiction - could be described as The Face of Another meets Lost Highway through Only God Forgives, perfume/Schweppes commercial and The Matrix - a Frankenstein-ish, yet effective amalgam which mostly works despite its excessive running time, primarily thanks to Soo-hyun Kim's magnetic presence and subtly cool dual-role performance.

At psychotherapist's office

Casino grand, Cirque du Soleil-esque opening

Contempo architecture

A room with a view

The masque of glittering death

The cathedral of gambling

The most kaleidoscopic bar in the dreamland of crime

Dance, dance, dance...

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