Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

Listen up, soldiers, it's time to strap on your AKA47, buckle up your Uzi and get ready to run with the Korean SWANP team - that's special weapons/no plotline to you.

The time is some not-very-far-in-the-future period, where, seemingly it's OK to drop characterisation in favour of atmospherics.

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The plot - what there is of it - involves a renegade man, Goliath (Choi Min-su), who is causing mayhem on the North/South border of the newly reunified Korea, because of his penchant for killing scientists.

Detective Suk (Kim Seung-woo), who has a typically troubled past, is dispatched with his SWAT team and a scientist to do the decent thing and kill him.

There are hints of a plot line, but everything is racing along at such a pace - only lit by the flash of muzzles - that it is difficult to spot it.

Director Jeung Yun-su seems to have been caught between the desire to "do an Arnie", plump for a straightforward shoot-'em-up and the urge to make something more artistic. In the end, this marriage isn't a sound one and while there is some success in the artistic endeavours, they feel cumbersome and out of place in what is essential a video game premise.

Yesterday is going to be shown as one of the late night romps of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Maybe, it will be better after five pints!

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2003
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Korean SWAT team makes a drama out of a crisis.
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Director: Jeong Yun-su

Writer: Jeong Yun-su

Starring: Kim Seung-woo, Kim Yun-jin Kim, Choi Min-su Choi, Kim Seon-a, Jeong So-yeong

Year: 2002

Runtime: 121 minutes

Country: South Korea


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