New World is a 2013 South Korean film written and directed by visionary writer Park Hoon-jung. The film stars some of Korean Cinema’s most illustrious and talented actors: the veteran and enormously talented Choi Min-sik; the versatile talents of Hwang Jung-min; and finally the impeccable shapeshifter that is Lee Jung-jae. The film is a Korean version of the Godfather meets the Departed but infinitely better than both.
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The film is dripping with masterful artistry. The cinematography is so careful it is blissful perfection. The film is hauntingly violent and thrilling to the very last second. Without any spoilers I can say that some films are a ride and to quote Inception, you don’t know where it will take you but you know where you hope it will take you. With New World, the film takes you all around and places you high above even your loftiest of hopes. If this sounds like a glowing review, it is because the film is an incandescent star lighting the very cultural institution of cinema. I believe, with firmness and faith, that this film is perfection, every minute, every second, every shot, every word, and every scene are perfect, golden, and majestic — if not violently majestic.