The second directorial feature from Park Hoon-jung, the screenwriter behind The Unjust and I Saw the Devil.
New World is a noirish gangster epic in which undercover cops and shady policemen plot from the shadows to gain control of Korea’s biggest crime syndicate, Goldmoon, when its CEO is killed in a suspicious car accident. With a succession crisis mounting, police chief Kang (Choi Min-sik) launches “Operation New World” in which he hopes to manoeuvre his long-term undercover agent, Lee Ja-sung (Lee Jung-jae), into the top spot by taking out the two main factions led by flashy gangster Jung Chang (Hwang Jun-min) and the unscrupulous Lee Joong-gu (Park Sung-woong).
In this world of habitual double crossing and confused identities, no one can be trusted and the only certainty is betrayal.
Screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival On Tour - see the full film programme here.