From beginning to end, “The Drug King” is a fun film. The acting is uniformly strong, and there’s an engaging story in everything that happens. However, it’s so often lost in hitting all the clichés that are often re-used and clichéd character types and other haphazard plot points that the film becomes a bit redundant at times. The main conflict is easy to resolve, but it could also be that the characters are more complicated than most people think. Whatever the reason, the film is still a very watchable action movie with some enjoyable characters.
Russell Brand stars as the main character, David Kleinfeld, who rises from being an innocent drug dealer to become the kingpin of the drug trade. There are many elements to the character that give him his uniqueness, including his street smarts as well as his ambition, manipulative abilities and of course, the wealth that allows him to assume the intimidating responsibility of the drug kingpin position. The movie begins in 1968 when Kleinfeld is arrested on suspicion of murder. He claims to be just an ordinary person who does “what people do”. He is wrongly imprisoned for 18 years before turning himself in to the police to confess to the crime.
Brand portrays David Kleinfeld, the most morally upright person you could ask to be the leader. We learn that his family was suffering from hunger during the Korean War and that he had to work to support them. He returns home to discover that his family is dead and realizes that he has to overcome his circumstances to make a difference in his life. Therefore, he accepts the task of managing his own drug business, doing what he knows how to get it to succeed, and making use of his connections and wealth to achieve the same.
While David Kleinfeld may appear to appear to be a nice man in the movie but we soon discover that he is not able to succeed unless the subliminal message he delivers convinces South Korean police and American agents that he is a drug lord. Once he has successfully made this claim, he attempts to convince authorities that he is innocent using the various ways available to him. One of his persuasive strategies includes planting false evidence that can lead authorities in the wrong direction.
A major theme in the film is the degrading of trust between police officers and the drug kingpin. It is interesting to note that this theme is repeated throughout most of south Korea’s recent history. The former regime was often accused of corruption and inefficiency. Although Kim Il Sung’s optimism seemed to have overtaken the country in the beginning but corruption soon took over. The lesson to learn here is that even though the government may appear to be doing well, it often falls to the people (led by the song yang-ho) to keep the house clean.
Although the movie is set in Seoul however, many viewers have criticised it for its emphasis on characters from the North. In particular the song Kang-ho which means “cocaine,” is played over and over by the characters, even making their own commercial on television that has the same theme. Although some have suggested this was just a commercial for the film, others have pointed out that the drug kingpin is wearing the same outfit that is a North Korean prison uniform, which is identical to uniforms of the elite soldiers. Although rumors have circulated that Kim Jong-il was enthralled by the idea, nobody is certain.
Whatever the critics think the film received an enthusiastic reception from the majority of viewers because it depicted the everyday life of a North Korean citizen under the rule of a corrupt government. It is a reminder of the human condition for those of us who do not reside on the peninsula. Scenes are shown in which prisoners are transported across the border by buses. The film does not address the topic of drugs in depth however the meaning is clear. Of course, the issue of how much influence the Chinese political system has over its citizens cannot be answered without referring to the current state of affairs.
ดูหนังฟรี There is no doubt that the film “Cocaine” will continue to attract a lot of attention from the American public. It remains to be seen whether it illustrates the growing problems in the relationship between the West and America with drugs. Whether or not the Chinese government will see the film as an attempt to smudge the Chinese role in the drug trade is to be seen. With the rise of the Korean yakuza’s boss and the rise of the Korean yakuza boss, perhaps the public will be more ready to make the correlation.