S. Korean Action Noir ‘Asura : The City of Madness’ Gets Big Buzz Ahead of Its Release

Following Beat (1997), City of The Rising Sun (1999) and Musa The Warrior (2001), Korean maestro Kim Sung-soo, who last made the influenza thriller The Flu, has teamed up again with Jung Woo-sung (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) for this epic crime-action Asura: The City of Madness. Jung was most recently seen in Don’t Forget Me and The Divine Move and plays one of the meatiest roles of his career in the film.

As if he wasn’t busy enough already, Hwang Jung-min, whose hit streak includes Na Hong-jin’s mystery thriller The Wailing and the legal thriller A Violent Prosecutor, got his teeth into his new role as a corrupt mayor.

Kwak Do-won most recently appeared alongside Hwang in The Wailing.

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Synopsis: Detective Han Do-kyung (Jung Woo-sung), who for years has been secretly doing dirty work for the crooked mayor Park Sung-bae (Hwang Jung-min), is now pressured by a ferocious prosecutor Kim Cha-in (Kwak Do-won) to enlist in an investigation against the mayor. Feeling trapped, Han persuades his young partner Moon Sun-mo (Ju Ji-hoon) to take over his work for the mayor, but things start to get tangled in unpredictable ways. The bad guys vie with one another and only the most evil survives in this dog-eat-dog world.

Balancing breathtaking scale with intricately sculpted characters, Asura: The City of Madness is an absorbing, superbly crafted work of entertainment, wrote TIFF programmer Giovanna Fulvi.

Ornamented with a heavyweight lineup of stars, including Jung Woo-sung, Hwang Jung-min, Kwak Do-won, Ju Ji-hoon and Jung Man-sik, Asura: The City of Madness will be distributed by CJ Entertainment and have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival which runs Sep 8-18.

Source: CJ Entertainment