“The Drug King” is a thoroughly enjoyable film from beginning to end. The acting is impressive and there is a compelling story in every scene. But, it’s often lost in hitting the usual clichés and clichéd character types and other haphazard plot points that the film gets a bit boring at times. This could be due to the fact that the main conflict is easily solved or it could be because the characters have so much more depth than the viewer is led to believe. The film is an enjoyable action movie with a lot of very likeable characters.
Russell Brand plays the role of David Kleinfeld, the main character. He rises from a low-life drug dealer to become a kingpin of the drug trade. There are many different elements to the character that give him his distinctness and charm, such as his street savvy, his ambition, his manipulative skills and, of course, the wealth that allows him take on the intimidating task of being a drug kingpin. The movie begins in 1968 when Kleinfeld is arrested on suspicion of murder. Kleinfeld claims to be a street guy who does “what people do”. He is wrongly imprisoned for 18 years, and then turns himself in to police to confess to the crime.
Brand plays David Kleinfeld in the movie as the most morally perfect person you could ask to lead in a role like this, and Brand certainly is. We discover that his family was starving during the Korean War and that he was forced to work to help them. He returns home to discover that his family is dead and realizes that he must rise above his circumstances to make an impact in his life. So, he begins the responsibility of managing his own drug company, doing what he knows how to best get it to succeed, and making use of his wealth and connections to do the same.
While the film may appear to depict David Kleinfeld as a good person, we soon discover that the only way for him to succeed is to subliminally convinces the South Korean police and the American agents who are guarding him that the drug lord is David Kleinfeld. Once he has made the case, he attempts to convince the authorities that he is innocent employing the various methods that are available to him. One of his persuasive strategies is to create an untrue trail that will guide authorities in the wrong direction.
The movie’s main theme is the lack of trust between police officers and drug kingpins. It is interesting to observe that this theme is mirrored throughout much of south Korea’s recent past, where the former regime was widely accused of inefficiency and corruption. At the beginning, Kim Il Sung’s idealism seems to rule the country, but corruption quickly overtook it. The lesson to learn here is that although the government may appear to be doing well, it is often is the responsibility of the people (led by the song yang-ho) to clean house.
While the film is set in and around Seoul, many viewers have criticized it for its heavy focus on the characters in the North. Particularly the song, Kang-ho which means “cocaine,” is played over again by the characters, even making their own television commercial using the same theme. Although some have suggested this was just a commercial for the film some have pointed out that the drug kingpin is wearing the identical outfit that is an official North Korean prison uniform, which is identical to uniforms of the elite soldiers. Although rumors have circulated that Kim Jong-il was obsessed with the idea, nobody knows for certain.
Whatever the critics think, the movie did receive an enthusiastic reception from the majority of viewers, as it depicted the life of an ordinary North Korean citizen under the rule of a corrupt government. ซีรีย์ออนไลน์ It is a reminder of the human state of affairs for those who aren’t on the peninsula that scenes are shown where convicts are transported across the border in buses. The film does not discuss the issue of drugs in depth however the meaning is evident. Of course, the issue of how much influence the Chinese political system has over its people cannot be answered without referring to the current state of affairs.
The American public will continue to pay attention to the movie “Cocaine”. It is to be seen if it illustrates the growing problems in the relationship between the West and America with drugs. It remains to be seen whether the Chinese government will view the film as an attempt at discrediting the Chinese role in the drug trade. With the rise of the Korean yakuza’s boss maybe the public will be prepared to draw the link.