Director's cut version of the movie "Inside Men". The re-released version contains additional footage accounting for 50 more minutes.
Lee Kang Hee, an editorialist of the influential conservative newspaper puts a congressman, Jang Pil Woo to the position of a leading candidate for President using the power of the press. Behind this, there was his secret deal with the paper’s biggest sponsor. Ahn Sang Goo, a political henchman, who supported Lee and Jang, gets his hand cut as the price when he gets caught pocketing the record on the sponsor’s slush fund. Woo Jang Hoon, an ambitious prosecutor, starts to investigate the relationship with Jang and the sponsor believing it is the only chance he has to make it to the top. While getting down to the grassroots on the case, Woo meets Ah,n who has been deliberately planning his revenge. Now, the war among the one blinded for power, the one hell-bent on vengeance, and the one eager for success starts.
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Not going into too much depth, I would just like to say that INSIDE MEN is really entertaining. For the first time I watched a 3 hours long movie with so much interest. Yes, it's the director's cut I watched. Long, but no dull moments. The performances of all actors, including my favourite Lee Byung-hun are excellent. He rightly won the best actor award for this movie.
The film's visuals need a special appreciation as we hardly come across political thrillers with good visuals. Surprisingly, INSIDE MEN has terrific visuals that keep you engaged. The story and screenplay are excellent, the dialogues are too good. The action scenes are well filmed and executed. Cinematography is top notch and many beautifully filmed shots will be in your mind forever.
Overall, INSIDE MEN is a political thriller which is highly recommended. Needless to say, South Korean filmmakers prove themselves great yet again.