The President’s Last Bang (2005)

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Director: Im Sang Soo
Casts: Han Suk Kyu, Baek Yun Shik, Song Jae Ho, Kim Eung Soo, Jo Eun Ji, Kim Yun Ah, Kim Sang Ho, and Bong Tae Gyu
Genre: Mystery
Running Time: 105 minutes
Certi: 15 (South Korea)

In 1961, South Korean President Park Chung Hee gained the power through military coup. He has ruled for 18 years with dictatorial power. However, in October 1979, students and civilians call for democracy and protested Park’s ruling but the military crush over the protesters easily. Then, on the October 26, 1769, is the day of the president’s assassination. While the president is having dinner with his chief bodyguard, chief secretary, and two female escorts, the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) decided to assassinate the President. With his two comrades, Director Kim, ensured that the power of the president will end which will bring democracy to the society.

Director Kim is the man who tries to kill the president for the sake of society’s democracy. He must have got fed up with the president’s ruling power that he decides to do something about it. It was a good film in understanding what really happened under President Park’s power. At the beginning, the introduction gives the viewers an overall history about what actually happened after President Park ruled the power.

The action scenes are quite real and shocking that some people in the KCIA building got shot. I’m sure the group of people, who wants to do good for the society, has no choice but to do it. They think they have a way with it but they were caught and……you actually know what happens next. The victims and witnesses who saw the assassination were terribly shocked and I do feel sorry for the ladies who have to go through in keeping their mouth shut.

All I could say is that the group has gone mad even though they are doing something good. However, I think that’s what actually happened that time when all they could do is just shoot each other and not discuss like a proper political person. President Park should have considered the society with a sensible heart instead of not exploiting them. The storyline was flowing really well because there were a lot scenes where go from one place to another. So, I wasn’t feeling the connection with the story.

It is a good film to understand what actually happen including President Park’s assassination. It is good to know that there is reason why he has to be killed. I do feel sorry for the people who have to go through this. The shooting scenes and the mission to cover up the President’s death was good. Unfortunately, the storyline was a bit stagnant and lack of smoothness in this film.

Rating: 7/10

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