Kim Jee-woon’s sophomore effort is a brilliantly crafted & well balanced comedy set in the world of professional wrestling. Powered by Song Kang-ho’s impressive performance and covering the themes of job frustration, identity, self-esteem, passion & transformation, The Foul King (Banchikwang) is an amusing ride that never discards its human attributes.
Written & directed by Kim Jee-woon, his second collaboration with Song Kang-ho is more reserved & reflective when compared to their previous outing, for the duo make sure the story is engaging & full of laughter but also thoughtful & relatable. The film takes its time to set up the premise and unfolds at a slower pace but the interest is never lost.
Coming to the performances, Song Kang-ho steers The Foul King past finish line almost single-handedly and delivers a smashing showcase that gets more n more compelling as plot progresses. His antics in the ring are no doubt a treat to watch but it’s the transformation that his character undergoes and how finely the actor articulates it that leaves a lasting impression. And he’s finely supported by the rest of the cast.