V.I.P.

2017 | South Korea | Dir. Park Hoon-jung | 128min

 

SYNOPSIS:

A national intelligence agent, a detective, and a North Korean officer all collide in their attempts to capture a North Korean defector Kim Kwang-il, the son of a key political figure who turns out to be a prime suspect in a serial murder case.

As one might expect from the writer-director of the terrific 2013 gangster drama New World, Park's reasons are political: the son of a powerful businessman, Kim is North Korean royalty and is being protected by the CIA after aiding in his defection to the south. On paper, it sounds like a simple manhunt, but director Park plays intricate games with time and structure, turning a straightforward police investigation into a head-spinning power struggle, keeping us guessing as to whether the despicable Kim will ever get the justice he truly deserves.