The Merciless (2017) poster


  • Movie: The Merciless
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: May 17, 2017
  • Duration: 2 hr. 0 min.
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Tags: Betrayal, Noir, Prison
  • Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)


  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 536 users)
  • Ranked: #736
  • Popularity: #2649
  • Watchers: 1,237

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Aug 23, 2017
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
This is a good cop gangster action movie ..may not be unique in its story but it's the screenplay that made movie more interesting
Performances by the actors is very good esp Im siwan and sol kyung gu
These two lived their roles and raised the bar for this movie
Will definitely recommend this to all those who watch movies of this genre!!
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Jul 23, 2018
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Rewatch Value 9.5
THE MERCILESS always excited me from the beginning; the moment I found out that it had Sol Kyung-gu in it, and that it was an action movie which was officially selected for Cannes Film Festival, I waited for a proper digital release. I watched it last month and had got up from my seat with a feeling of pure satisfaction which only exceptional movies give me.

THE MERCILESS or BULHANDANG is a highly entertaining action movie. It is an exceptional film which combines action, drama and unpredictable plot twists in an unprecedented manner.

The director for sure has done a great job in extracting the best out of his cast as well as crew. The film really delivers on every front: be it the technical aspects or some other, the film rarely lets one down. It's not a boring film, as right after a decent setup in the early minutes, the film starts delivering knockout action sequences and plot twists very well.

Im Si-wan is the star to watch out for in this film. I watched him only in THE ATTORNEY which was a powerful social drama. In this particular film, he does a lot of action and delivers a solid performance. Sol Kyung-gu: don't know why I always run out of words when it comes to praising him! His act is straightaway an award-worthy one. His crazy laughter adds a lot of fun to the proceedings. Other actors like Kim Hee-won are also very impressive; he adds a great comic flavor to this somewhat dark film.

The film impresses with its well choreographed, violent action sequences which stand out as a major highlight of the film. For sure, there is a lot of bad language used in the film which is enough to put off a lot of viewers, but as it progresses, this no longer remains an issue. The atmosphere built by the director and writers pulls the viewer in it and makes him feel like a part of the narrative. The ways the feel gets darker in the second half without getting melodramatic or boring is perhaps one of the best things about the film.

THE MERCILESS is a masterfully crafted action film from South Korea which effectively entertains the viewer with the best stuff it has got. Also with an outstanding climax, the film makes sure viewers don't soon forget it.

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Jun 17, 2018
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Siwan gave justice to his character as well as the other actors. I watched the movie with unexplainable emotion. The plot was perfectly done and and the scenes were magnanimously executed. This Movie would really test your emotions like what happened to me because I love movies that do have a theme of REVENGE and this movie satisfied me in so many ways.

Recommending it again and again to somebody would be an honor for me... this movie deserved a 10/10 rating... WOOOOO!!!!
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Jun 29, 2017
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Overall 6.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 5.0
Hyun-Soo, a disguised police officer, goes to jail and positions himself under the mandachuva's wing there, whose side he remains when the latter is released from prison and reassumes his position as number two in a brigade.
A story that there is nothing particularly interesting about, which follows a trajectory similar to many tales of Korean gangsters and has more than a passing resemblance to "The Prison", which came out only two months ago, but the film manages to stand out through Verve of his staging and the colorful play between his tracks and evidence.
Sliding around a location replete with characters guiding us through a narrative montage that keeps the action sharp and fun over time. It also shows his style of dialogue that, in particular combined with the film, raises the most mundane scenes that are needed to power the plot.

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