Only because Gangneung isn’t as internationally marketable as one might hope, folks outside the Koreas may take a liking to the latest Jang Hyuk/Yu Oh-seong starrer more aptly with the title, Tomb Of The River, helping earn some appeal. Slated for a local release next month of course, K Movie is repping the film internationally and so it’ll help to keep some eyes on how acquisitions look going forward.
The boss of the biggest crime gang in Gangneung, O, plans to construct the largest resort in Asia. His most trusted underboss Gil-suk (Yu) leads a comfortable life, carrying out O’s orders every day without ever dreaming of betraying him. Min-suk (Jang), a young gangster from Seoul with brains and ambitions, decides to jump into the resort business to build up his own influence. Min-suk uses all sorts of violent and deceitful means to acquire the resort. This puts O’s gang at risk, making Gil-suk hungry for revenge.
‘Twas a story of gangland retribution, led by two of some of the most favorable Korean talents today! If you know these two, then you’re probably keen to select titles like Yu’s roles in Beat (1997), Champion (2002), and both Friend (2001, 2013) films, as well as Jang’s in Volcano High (2002), Empire Of Lust (2015) and Well Go USA’s The Swordsman (2021), and the incentive would seem aplenty for the occasion this time.
Tomb Of The River seems every bit as appropriate, and personally, I’m ready for it.