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Guns and Talks

“Guns and Talks” is an action comedy written and directed by South Korean filmmaker Jang Jin.

On the menu is death or mutilation just say which you prefer and the hit men for hire will deliver. There are lots of laughs in this Korean action comedy and a hefty amount of “suspension of disbelief” is a prerequisite. Also, the absurd situations these atypical wise guys get themselves into are jaw dropping. Everything the director has in his arsenal has been thrown into this movie and you wont have a chance to nod off as the on screen effects are eye popping.

“Guns and Talks” Jang Jin

The plot is simple, four good-looking young men all live in a house together. You could be forgiven for thinking they are all students and at home in their jeans and T-shirts and they do look and behave like students.

But these young men are far from being students. When they go to work they step out in designer suits and take with them some interesting accessories, which are all home made by one of the men’s uncles, along with some serious weaponry.

They operate a successful “hit men for hire” business. Death or mutilation is their game, just say what you want done and they will do it right down to the last detail and like true professionals they sign a formal contract before they start work.

Anyone can contact them and place an order…Ooh, and they have a discount for students!

Everything is done matter-of-factly and nothing is personal. Despite the attention to detail they are not that bright and often behave like love-struck teenagers when they fall for their beautiful victims, which leads to some absurd situations.

Meet the gang: Sang-yeon is the leader, Jung-woo is the explosives expert, Jae-young is the marksman and Sang-yeon’s younger brother Ha-yeon, sometimes the computer wiz, tags along to learn the trade.

On their trail, after they kill a key police informant, is Inspector Cho, who doesn’t exactly play by the book.

The gang never turns a job down but one day Sang-yeon is given an impossible mission, which he can’t refuse. It involves a hit during a sold out performance of Hamlet at the Seoul Arts Centre.

Inspector Cho learns of this and is waiting for them with the police positioned inside the grand opera house.

Will this mission be their last or will Sang-yeon and his atypical wise guys outwit the Inspector?

Korean Film - Korea’s new directing talent, JANG Jin.

Korean Film - Korea’s new directing talent, JANG Jin.

Like most film directors Jang has been influenced by other directors’ work especially, those known for their fast paced action and bloody scenes such as John Woo, Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino.

He plays with different genres and cinematic styles (split-screen, “bullet-time” and slow motion camera) believing the audience will be blown-away when they see these screen effects.

You will need a hefty amount of “suspension of disbelief” to get through this movie and a lot of the film is tongue-in-cheek especially, when the film’s narrator goes on about the morality of the work they do. But not to worry, this is after all, just a comedy.

In the end there are too many loose ends to wrap up and Jang fails to bring them to a satisfactory conclusion.

As in many films they don’t finish when they should and this one is no exception.