Watch Nowhere to Hide
- 1 hr 52 min
Nowhere to Hide is a gritty Korean crime drama about the pursuit of a drug kingpin. Detective Woo (Park Joong Hoon) appears to a humble, disheveled police officer, but his scruffy looks hide his violent nature and sharp intellect. Woo, his partner Kim (Jang Doug-Kun) and a team of fellow detectives are on the hunt for Chang Sungmin (Ahn Sung-Ki), a murderous criminal who heads a drug operation. Sungmin has killed a rival drug dealer in the middle of Seoul's popular shopping centers, and the public pressure to capture the killer is intense. This stylistic thriller uses colorful imagery to observe the players in this dark game of cat and mouse. Sungmin has the ability to seemingly disappear in broad daylight. The beleaguered cops follow his trail throughout the big city, on passenger trains and in wild nightclubs, but Sungmin always manages to escape their traps. During an interrogation of one of Sungmin's partners in crime, Kim goes too far and accidentally kills the suspect. The cold-hearted Woo encourages the team to participate in a snowball fight to get their minds off the death. As the weeks drag on, the police detectives and the criminal gang begin to seem more similar than different, with plenty of violence and rule breaking to get their work done. Woo finally corners Sungmin alone, and the criminal and cop have only their fists to win their final battle against one another. This 1999 film, directed by Korean auteur Lee Myung-se combines heavy violence with creative and colorful camera work and jump-cut editing to tell its story, but the brutal depiction of police work may be best suited to mature audiences. The film received recognition at the Sydney Asia Pacific and Sundance Film Festivals, as well as becoming a huge box office hit in Korea.