Extreme Job

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London Korean Film Festival

Followed by a Q&A with the director Lee Byeong-heon, moderated by Anton Bitel


Remember Los Pollos Hermanos, the fast-food outlet in TV’s Breaking Bad that serves as a front for the Southwestern United States’ most lucrative methamphetamine distribution network? That idea is turned on its head in this action comedy feature from director Lee Byeong-heon (What A Man Wants, 2018), as an incompetent and dysfunctional five-person police team takes over a run-down chicken shop in order to observe and infiltrate a drug syndicate’s headquarters across the road. When their special chicken recipe becomes a massive hit with the public, it is a case of stakeout meets takeout, as cooking and crime-busting get ever more confused, until this ensemble of misfits finally learns why they were put together in the first place, and why their leader Captain Ko (Ryu Seung-yong, Seven Years of Night, 2017) has the nickname ‘Zombie’.


“There’s lots of absurdity in what we do,” says Ko – and when it comes to crazy laughs and over-the-top fighting, Extreme Job delivers to order.


Anton Bitel is a freelance film critic and Lecturer in Classical Languages at Oxford University


BBFC rating
15
Year
2019
Running time
111 mins
Country
South Korea
Format
DCP
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Director
Lee Byeongheon
Cast
Ryu Seung-Yong, Lee Hanee, Jin Sun-Kyu

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