Part of the Korean Film Festival DC 2017.
Bold, bloody, and chock-full of riveting performances and thrilling action scenes (including a truly awesome car chase), Asura: The City of Madness was inspired by several corruption cases that have made headlines in Korea recently. When a prime piece of real estate in the fictional city of Annam comes on the market, the city’s corrupt mayor will stop at nothing to rake in profits, while a dogged detective tracks his every dirty deed. “Winningly over-the-top . . . what you’d get if you combined The Wire with a really good soap opera” (Simon Abrams, The Village Voice). (Dir.: Kim Sung-su, Korea 2016, 136 min., DCP, Korean with English subtitles)