Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 8th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: South Korea, 2008
Directors: Kwon-tae Ahn, Kyung-Taek Kwak
Writers: Kwon-tae Ahn, Dong-Woo Kim, Kyung-Taek Kwak
Cast: Seung-won Cha, Suk-kyu Han, In-gi Jeong, Ji-seok Kim, Seon-Yeong Kim, Yoon-tae Kim, Byeong-jun Lee, Byung-joon Lee, Jae-goo Lee, Seong-Gyoo Lim, Byeong-wook Son, Young-chang Song
DVD released: May 4th, 2010
Approximate running time: 100 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Korean
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Synopsis: A police captain on the verge of retirement. Is lured back for one more case. When he discovers a criminal mastermind behind a amour car robbery has assumed his identity.
Eye for an Eye is a troubled production that began with one director Kwon-tae Ahn. Who was reportedly replaced half way through the film another director Kyung-Taek Kwak (Friend). And while changing director’s often affects the final product. This does not appear to the case as visually the film retains a constant feel and look that makes it hard to distinguish where one director left off and the other one came in.
Content wise the plot is Eye for an Eye is equal parts revenge, heist caper and police procedural. The film does a great job setting up who everyone is and what their motivations are. Pacing wise everything moves along quick enough with a few twists and turns along the way that keep things interesting. One of the more enjoyable aspects of this production are the characters which populate the story. Especially the film’s protagonist Captain Baek Sung-chan and his nemesis Ahn Hyon-min the mastermind behind an elaborate revenge plot.
Performance wise the entire cast are exceptional in their respective roles. With the most mesmerizing performance coming from Suk-kyu Han (The Scarlet Letter) in the role of Captain Baek Sung-chan. His animated performance dominates every scene he is in.
Even though there is a familiarity to the plot and the characters which populate this film. This actually works for and not against the story at hand. Ultimately what Eye for an Eye lacks in substance it more than makes up for with its abundance of style and cast of colorful characters.
Cinema Epoch presents Eye for an Eye in a anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The image looks clean. There are no problems with compression and the image remains stable throughout. Details look crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Korean. The audio sounds balanced and when it needs to robust. Dialog is always clear and there are no problems with background noise or any other audio defects. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and error free have been included.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 13 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Korean – no English subtitles), a stills gallery and a promo image gallery of titles that are available on DVD from Cinema Epoch. Overall Eye for an Eye gets a strong audio / video presentation from Cinema Epoch.