“The Drug King” is an incredibly entertaining movie from start to finish. The acting is impressive and there is a compelling story in every scene. But, it’s frequently lost in hitting all the clichés that are often re-used, tired character types and other haphazard plot elements that the film gets a bit boring at times. It may be because the main conflict is so easy to resolve or it could be the case that the characters have so much more depth than the viewer is told. The movie is still an enjoyable action film with some very likeable characters.
Russell Brand plays the role of David Kleinfeld, the main character. He is transformed from a shady drug dealer into a kingpin in the drug trade. His uniqueness is due to many elements such as his street-smarts and ambition, his skills in manipulating and obviously the wealth that makes it possible for him to assume the terrifying role of a drug kingpin. Kleinfeld is convicted of murder in 1968. He claims to be just a common man who does “what people do”. He is wrongly sentenced to 18 years, and then turns himself in to the police to confess to the crime.
Brand portrays David Kleinfeld in the movie as the most morally perfect person you could ask to lead in a role like this, and Brand certainly is. We learn that his family was starving during the Korean War and that he had to work to provide for them. When he returns home, his family is no more, and he realizes that the only way to overcome the circumstances to make any meaningful in his life. He decides to begin his own drug company, using his wealth and connections to make it a success.
Although David Kleinfeld may appear to appear to be a nice man in the movie, we soon discover that he is not able to succeed until the subliminal message he delivers convinces South Korean police and American agents that he is a drug lord. After he has made his point then he tries to convince authorities that Kleinfeld is innocent using all methods available to him. One of his strategies for convincing is to create a false trail that will lead authorities in the wrong direction.
The main theme of the film is the lack of trust between police officers and drug kingpins. It is interesting to observe that this theme is apparent throughout the entirety of South Korea’s recent history, where the former regime was widely accused of inefficiency and corruption. In the beginning Kim Il Sung’s optimism seemed to be the dominant force in the country, but eventually corruption became the norm. The lesson to be learned is that, although the government may initially appear to be doing well, it is often falls to the people (led by the song yang-ho) to clean house.
Although the movie is set in Seoul, many viewers have criticized it for its emphasis on characters from the North. The characters even created their own TV commercial with the same theme, playing over Kang-ho, the North Korean song for “cocaine.” While some have suggested that it was merely a promotional for the film however, others have pointed out that the drug kingpin is wearing the same outfit which is a North Korean prison uniform, that is similar to the uniforms of the elite soldiers. Although rumors have circulated that Kim Jong-il was enthralled by the idea, no one knows for certain.
Whatever the critics have to say the film did get an enthusiastic response from the majority of viewers because it depicted the life of a North Korean citizen under the rule of a corrupt government. It’s a reminder the human condition for those of us who don’t live on the peninsula. Scenes are shown in which prisoners are transported across the border by buses. Although the subject of drugs is not tackled in depth in the film, the symbolism is clear. The current state of affairs cannot be used to answer the question about the influence China’s political system has on its people.
There is no doubt that the film “Cocaine” will continue to attract a lot of attention from the American public. It remains to be seen if it demonstrates the growing issues in the relationship between the West and America with drugs. Whether or whether the Chinese government will see the film as an attempt to hide the Chinese role in the trade in drugs remains to be seen. With the rise of the Korean yakuza boss and the rise of the Korean yakuza boss, perhaps the public will be ready to make the correlation. หนัง hd