From director Park Ki-hyung who previously had stuck strictly with horror – “Whispering Corridors”, “Secret Tears” and the dreadful “Acacia” - explores a horror of a different kind with this head banging coming of age tale of male bonding and hurt. It is quite effective in its portrayal of the boys that make up the good gang led by the dreamy-eyed Sang-ho (Jeong Gyeong-ho) and his long time friend Jae-gu (Lee Tae-seong) as they are inexorably drawn into savage violence to protect themselves and their honor. Park effectively uses startling idol like close-ups of the boys to give them a heroic comic book status. The blood soaked finale feels horribly sad and inevitable.
My rating for this film: 6.0