Director Lee Byeong-heon (TWENTY) returns with his latest comic caper and South Korean box-office smash hit EXTREME JOB. A zippy, charming and very silly police comedy, the film debuted in South Korea in February of this year and soon became one of the biggest box office hits of all time, racking a whopping 15 million admissions.
When a crack five member police drug squad get the scoop on a major criminal organization, it seems to be the break of their careers. But, there’s a catch—they need to go undercover as restauranteurs who open a fried chicken joint in order to surveil these nefarious activities next door, only to see the business take off and their cover threatened by its success by becoming the hottest eatery in town! Will the team stay cool under the deep fried pressure?
Director Lee establishes a breezy balance between complex action scenes and goofy workplace comedy, seeding quirks, relationships and rivalries into the squad that pay off throughout the film. As in any great comedy, the story grows more complicated as it unfolds, and as EXTREME JOB unfolds more and more hijinks, a couple of its stars emerge as MVPs: Ryu Seung-ryong (Netflix’s PSYCHOKINESIS and KINGDOM), gets to play against his usual stoic presence as the exasperated captain, while actress Lee Hanee is triumphant as his taciturn right hand, wielding a deadpan demeanor akin to Stephanie Beatriz’s Rosa character from BROOKLYN NINE-NINE.
*synopsis provided by HIFF at https://fp.hiff.org/films/detail/extreme_job_2019
I was laughing so hard I almost cried. This movie was simply amazing! I went into this movie with a healthy dose of skepticism, as different people find different things funny. This movie was laugh out loud funny. The action and drama was so engaging, that by the end of the movie I thought the movie was close captioned instead of translated.
Strongest points- Character selection, character development, and simplicity. I think that It is really hard to make characters believable, but this movie done an amazing job. I think that the character selection made the difference, that activated “the suspension of disbelief.” Comedy and cross culture comedy are hard to pull off, but somehow this movie did. Character development, I liked how throughout the movie (not just at the beginning we were learning about the characters. It was awesome to me how there were ‘Easter Eggs’ that gave you hints as to who the main characters were, and their skills. It was awesome to me as well how the Detective told us about the characters as the fight scene was happening. Simplicity was awesome in this movie. What I mean is that there were five main locations (detective office, restaurant, home, and hide out, shipyard), which means lower cost to make. I like how this movie hit on a personal level, magnifying the little and daily struggles that we all face such as relationship problems, inter-clique issues, teamwork and the meaning of ‘team/family.’ I can’t say enough about this movie. I like how the movie in cooperated modern technology such as the uses of a cell phone to play a siren, TV news programing to promote or tear down a business. One thing I can say is a friend from Korea is looking for this movie to buy me a copy so that I can share this experience with others!