From start to finish, “The Drug King” is an entertaining movie. The acting is uniformly strong, and there is an engaging story in every scene. It’s often lost in the typical overdone stereotypes, tired characters, and missed plot developments that the film can get sometimes repetitive. The main issue is simple to resolve however it could be that the characters are more complex than what the viewer thinks. The film is an enjoyable action story with a cast of characters that are very likable.
Russell Brand plays the role of David Kleinfeld, the main character. He is transformed from a shady drug dealer to become a kingpin of the drug industry. There are many aspects 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 assume the intimidating responsibility of the drug kingpin position. Kleinfeld is convicted of murder in 1968. Kleinfeld claims to be a street rat who does “what other people do”. Although he is wrongfully jailed for 18 years, he manages to surrender to the police and admits to the murder.
Brand portrays David Kleinfeld, the most morally upright character you could ever hope to lead. We discover that his family was suffering from hunger during the Korean War and that he had to work to support them. When he comes home and finds that his family is no more, and he realizes that it is his responsibility to rise above the circumstances to achieve anything important in his life. He decides to start his own drug business, making use of his connections and wealth to help him succeed.
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 until he subliminally convinces South Korean police and American agents that he is a drug lord. After Kleinfeld has proven his point and is able to convince authorities that Kleinfeld is innocent, using all methods available to him. One of his strategies for convincing involves laying an untrue trail of evidence that will lead the authorities in the wrong direction.
The main theme of the film is the loss of trust between police officers and the drug kingpin. It is interesting to observe that this theme is apparent throughout south Korea’s recent past, where the former regime was widely accused of inefficiency and corruption. At the beginning Kim Il Sung’s idealistic vision appears to dominate the country, but soon corruption became the norm. The lesson to learn is that, although the government may appear to be doing well, it usually is up to the citizens (led by the song yang-ho) to clean house.
เจ้าพ่อสองหน้า Although the film is set in Seoul, many viewers have criticised it for its heavy emphasis on the characters from the North. Particularly the song Kang-ho which means “cocaine,” is played repeatedly by the characters, even making their own television commercial using the same theme. Some have claimed that this is an advertising spot for a film, however others pointed out that the drug kingpin was wearing the same outfit as the uniforms of elite soldiers in North Korea. Though rumors have circulated suggesting that Kim Jong-il was enthralled by the idea, no one knows for sure.
No matter what the critics have to say the film received an enthusiastic reception from the majority of viewers, as it depicted the life of an ordinary North Korean citizen under the administration of a corrupt and corrupt government. It’s a reminder the human situation for those who don’t live on the peninsula, and scenes are shown where convicts are transported across the border in buses. The film does not discuss the topic of drugs in depth however the significance of the song is evident. Of course, the question of how much influence the Chinese political system has over its population cannot be answered without referring to the current situation.
There is no doubt that the movie “Cocaine” will continue to receive widespread attention from the American public. If it does help to illustrate the increasing problems that the Western world and America have in their relationship with drugs remains to be determined. The question of whether or whether the Chinese government will see the film as an attempt to hide the Chinese role in the drug trade is to be determined. Perhaps the public will be more aware of the connection following the rise of the Korean Yakuza boss.