Night in Paradise

  • 17 Apr - 23 Apr, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

There’s enough irony in the title of Netflix movie Night in Paradise to mow down a roomful of men with a hail of paradoxes. The director Park Hoon-jung deposits an odd little romance at the gooey center of this blood-soaked bonbon of gangster violence, which is relentless in its remorseless grimness. Tae-gu (Tae-goo Eom) business is killing, and business is good. He’s so good; a rival boss tries to poach him from Yang’s (Ho-san Park) employ. Tae-gu is also a kickass brother and uncle, visiting a doctor on the sly to see if he qualifies as a donor for his ailing sister, and doting on his adorable niece. His sister suggests he maybe should stop being a gangster so he can take care of the girl after she dies, and he winces a little at such a cavalier attitude towards death – funny, because he kills people, and also because what he’s about to experience is a Grand Guignol of stabbings, shootings and final breaths drawn. Tragedy occurs in like the first eight minutes, then Tae-gu exacts revenge with a very sharp knife, and the opening title card hasn’t even happened yet. Night in Paradise has style for miles, from a negotiation among bosses to a bracing car chase that turns into a wild roadside rumble.

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