A Dirty Carnival Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Mark Botwright, 24th November 2010.
A Dirty Carnival is one of a continuing trend, a fine example of the growing wealth of talent within the shores of the Korean peninsular. Yu Ha has crafted a thriller that uses crime as a central pivot, but like all truly great gangster cinema, finds the greatest drama in the relationships of characters. With yet another memorable score from Jo Yeong-wook, the nostalgic strains juxtapose well against the brutality of greed and violence, the film resounds with poignancy and the implied tragedy of innocence lost.

The region free disc is a strong hitter, barring a couple of minor issues the picture and sound are both exactly what importers of foreign cinema demand. The extras are without subtitles, but when rated based on their sheer abundance this should prove a real treat to those able to comprehend them.

If you’ve yet to dip your toes into Korean cinema, treat yourself and absorb this. Perhaps formulaic in places, but the intelligence of its creator shines through and with A Dirty Carnival Yu Ha has placed his name firmly in the “one to watch” category.

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