Master (2016)

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An intellectual crime investigation team goes after company Won Network. The company is involved in a massive fraud case.
Kim Jae Myung is the leader of intellectual crime investigation team. He is smart, charismatic, aggressive and bold to lead the intellectual crime investigation team.
President Jin is the president of Won Network. Park Jang Goon is the Section Chief of Won Network. He is the brains behind Won Network.

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  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
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Maybe because I have a bias for Kim Woo Bin and Lee Byung Hun or the fact that I saw director Ui-seok Jo, Kang Dong Won and Kim Woo Bin during their premiere here in Hong Kong that I enjoyed this film. Or maybe because I have an undying crush for Kim Woo Bin so I liked this film.

Maybe those are clouded my judgement.

But I admit, Master is not a read more perfect film. It certainly helps if you love the actors you are seeing on screen.

Cold Eyes (2013) director, Ui-seok Jo makes the style of Master, a reminiscent of his 2013 hit. Fast-paced, suspense and action-filled. I did enjoy Master a little bit more though, I felt like it has more substance, however questionable it may be.

Lee Byung Hun plays the bad guy (not a first), the CEO of a big company, One Network who is scamming their customers and is involved in fraud cases among others. Kim Woo Bin plays the section chief of communications/technology, a tech-whiz of some sort and Kang Dong Won plays the head of the investigating team. The three have good chemistry—each a talented actor on their own.

No doubt Lee has an actor. My first time to see Kang (and quiet guy during the premiere as well) and crime/action films are not new to him. Kim, this is probably his best role (for me) to date. Though, better characterization would work—given that we have 3 contrasting characters. But I think Ui suffers from that problem regardless.

Kudos though for showing us two badass female characters, played by Uhm Ji-won and Jin Kyung, though they deserve more screen time. And justice for Jin's character.

Master is messy. It starts strong—intriguing even, leading us on, much like Cold Eyes' exposition. But ultimately, things start to get a little bit out-of-place. There is little backbone or sense in how things escalated. They either seem ridiculous or just not how it's supposed to go.

Ui tries to back it up with comic relief which Kim does well and contrasts with Kang's serious demeanour. Lee does it well too.

Yu Eok does well with the cinematography, contrasting Seoul's tall buildings to the Philippines' tropical and cramped houses. Though as a Filipino, it's still a bit disappointing that Tondo (one of the largest squatter areas and poorest is the one chosen to showcase including the poor environment and such, there is so much more to show than that but okay).

Action-wise, it's more intense than Cold Eyes but the latter has better suspense and build-up though the former tried to throw a plot twist that seems wow at first but ridiculous the next...due to the lack of a backbone.

It's not the "exotic" place that would save Master. It's the cast. It's the reason that, despite all its flaws, that I ultimately still enjoyed this.
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    Caspr 28 days ago - edited

    @blueaoichan where did you watch?

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    blueaoichan 29 days ago - edited

    i love this so much ! great storyline and .. pretty long but i didn't even realize it was THAT long bcs this is so fun to watch :)

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    Bonny Jan 10, 2017

    Saw this movie at my local cinemas!! Great action movie to watch on the big screen :)

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    MaryamDH Jan 9, 2017

    I've got two tickets for tomorrow. Yaaay!!!! Very excited!!!!

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    94cy Dec 21, 2016 - edited

    I can't wait to watch this. It's opening on January 6th in my city. Can't wait to see Kang Dongwon (my fave) play a super hot and intellectual investigator!!! Also, Woobin as a hacker is a bonus. Although Lee Byunghun's private life is messy, he's a great actor. Hope the film exceeds my expectations!

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    LeejLicious Oct 4, 2016

    This casstttttt, Kang dong won & Lee Byung Hun!! So anticipating this movieee!

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    frost Aug 12, 2016

    these cast , looks pretty handsome xD

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    Mimo Jul 22, 2016

    woobinie!!! cant wait :)

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    ScarletStar Jul 17, 2016

    This is one hell of an amazing cast, only 3 actors yet but damn, i know it will be great.

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    Seoulsistersopi Jun 7, 2016

    ByungHun, DongWon AND WooBin!! They should've released it on Christmas because for me this is a CHRISTMAS!! 3 of my fav actors in a main role movie together! ahhh!

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    dejawufan Apr 20, 2016

    I didn't even have to read the synopsis to decide that I need to see this movie. I just had to see the three main actors xD

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    yuurei Apr 12, 2016

    I'd watch these three grow potatoes.

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    FadouBebo Feb 1, 2016

    Lee Byung Hun is a great actor with amazing versatility His private life should be kept away from his craft ..His talent is there to speak for him

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    mrwyoo Jan 10, 2016

    that's some powerful main front. but I still don't like byung hun


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  • Release Date:

    Dec 21, 2016
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 23 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 61 users)
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