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'Fabricated City': Film Review

Indirect social commentary cloaked in action trappings.

Park Kwang-hyun's followup to Korean War drama 'Welcome to Dongmakgol' is a stylishly high-tech revenge thriller.

Playing like an updated version of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy set in the world of online videogames, Park Kwang-hyun's Fabricated City tracks the efforts of a desperate gamer to uncover the forces behind his unjustified imprisonment for murder. Featuring a fast-paced plot and a snappy visual style, Park's absorbing third feature should appeal equally to high-tech enthusiasts and action film fans. 

As the leader of the online videogame combat unit Resurrection, skilled tactician Kwon Yu (Ji Chang-wook) has a reputation for putting his talented team members first, including a rebellious hacker, a persecuted tech whiz and a misfit demolitions expert. In reality, Kwon's life is anything but heroic, as he struggles with chronic unemployment after getting cut from the national taekwondo squad for assaulting a teammate.

Still living at home with his mother, Kwon dodges his responsibilities by spending most of his time at an Internet cafe immersed in the virtual combat world along with the other players. His life turns suddenly surreal however when he's summarily arrested and charged with raping and murdering a minor after returning an abandoned cell phone to a mysterious female caller.

Facing overwhelming forensic evidence but with no recollection of the crimes he's accused of committing, Kwon gets convicted during a disorientingly swift trial. His public defender Min (Oh Jeong-se) encourages him to admit his guilt in hopes of a reduced sentence, but Kwon maintains his innocence, resulting in a life term without parole. Totally unprepared to survive in prison, Kwon is immediately targeted by hardened inmate Ma (Kim Sang-ho) with repeated beatings. Only with the help of a resourceful serial killer does he manage an unlikely escape.

As Kwon attempts to evade a nationwide manhunt, he’s contacted by his old videogame teammates, who have been independently investigating his case, finding evidence of a mysterious underworld organization that may be responsible for his conviction. With the police dragnet closing in and released prisoner Ma relentlessly tracking him down, Kwon and his allies will need to combine forces to avoid arrest and prove his innocence. 

Park's action-oriented script is distinguished by its emphasis on indirect social commentary regarding South Korea's socioeconomic inequalities and the perceived untouchability of social and political elites. It's no coincidence that Kwon and his gamer cohorts are unemployed outsiders seeking retaliation against their more wealthy and powerful adversaries, who are all looking for scapegoats to take the blame for their clandestine crimes.

The unconventional casting of a young woman (Shim Eun-kyung) as the expert hacker from Kwon's online gaming team gathering evidence to exonerate him similarly contradicts social expectations, particularly because of her expertise as a strategic collaborator rather than a typical romantic interest.

Although the film's rapid-fire plotting sometimes seems rather ungainly, Park still delivers plenty of creatively conceived high-tech surveillance sequences, intricately staged car chases and unexpectedly visceral fight scenes without resorting to a hackneyed imitation of videogame aesthetics.

Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Production company: TPS Company
Cast: Ji Chang-wook, Shim Eun-kyung, Ahn Jae-hong, Oh Jeong-se, Kim Sang-ho
Director-screenwriter: Park Kwang-hyun
Producer: Kim Hyun-chol
Executive producer: Jeong Tae-sung
Director of photography: Nam Dong-keun
Production designer: Oh Kyou-tec
Costume designer: Cho Sang-kyung
Music: Kim Tae-seong
Editor: Kim Zino

Not rated, 126 minutes

Credit:  Hollywood Reporter

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[Movie] Ji Chang Wook greets fans again in cinemas for “Fabricated City”


Ji Chang Wook and the cast of “Fabricated City” are up and about again this weekend for yet another round of appearances at cinemas in Seoul. Yesterday, they met audiences at three movie screenings, and the press was there to cover two of the events. 

First off, Ji Chang Wook, Shim Eun Kyung, Kim Sang Ho, Kim Ki Cheon and director Park Gwang Hyun appeared at CGV Apgujeong branch in Gangnam to meet audiences after the movie.


In the evening, Ji Chang Wook, Shim Eun Kyung and the director then headed to Lotte Cinema World Tower for a “Fabricated City” Relay GV event where they answered questions from fans.


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[Event] Special screening of “Fabricated City” in Los Angeles


The fun and games are not over yet, as the folks at CJ Entertainment USA have planned a special screening of “Fabricated City” on 3 March 2017 at 7:00pm at the CGV Madang (Koreatown) in Los Angeles!

In conjunction with the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles and their “Korean Movie Night” series, this screening is free and open to the first 150 attendees to arrive on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please use this EventBrite link to RSVP for a seat:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-screening-of-fabricated-city-tickets-32309378220

Audience members will be able to enter a lucky draw for autographed posters, vouchers for future Korean movies to be screened at the CGV Theatres, and other goodies still in the planning stages.  And that’s not all — a special video will be shown just for this screening featuring Ji Chang Wook and the cast of “Fabricated City” before the movie!

Ji Chang Wook’s Kitchen is happy to partner with CJ Entertainment USA to promote this special screening, and we’ll update this post as more details arrive.  I’ll be there in person, so come on out to say hello and give your support for “Fabricated City”!

Special Thanks To:  CJ Entertainment USA; Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles


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Official Selection, Fantasia International Film Festival 2017 (Quebec, Canada)

FABRICATED CITY ("Jojak-doen Dosi")

001.jpg?v=5fa886adb1b31cc1e3992ce57acea3Rapid-fire… delivers plenty of creatively conceived high-tech surveillance sequences, intricately staged car chases and unexpectedly visceral fight scenes” – Justin Lowe, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Rapid-fire… delivers plenty of creatively conceived high-tech surveillance sequences, intricately staged car chases and unexpectedly visceral fight scenes” – Justin Lowe, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

In the virtual world of multiplayer gaming, Kwon Yu – or “Captain,” as his band of online allies call him – is a fearless master of mayhem, a born leader. In the real world, however, this disgraced former taekwondo champ is a bitter, destitute loser who lives with his mom. That makes him the perfect patsy for a frame-up, and an innocent favour for a stranger leads to Kwon Yu charged for a rape and savage murder he didn’t commit. The evidence against seems compelling, and despite his protests and his mother’s pleading, Kwon Yu is sent to a maximum security prison. Brutalized and all but broken, he clings to the truth – he’s innocent, and someone out there isn’t. It’s going to take everything Kwon Yu’s got to get the justice he deserves.

With 2005’s quirky Korean War comedy WELCOME TO DONGMAKGOL, advertising director Park Kwang-hyun stepped up to filmmaking, finding himself showered with accolades and prestigious awards. It’s been some time since then, but Park is back – and now he’s diving headfirst into the high-budget, excitement-packed techno-thriller. The devious conspiracy with which our hero does battle is intricate, inspired and ingeniously presented; His trials and tribulations, bruising; and the grand denouement a furious yet fine-tuned riot of digital deception and real-world road rage. Rising TV star Ji Chang-wook has all chops needed to handle the rough-and-tumble lead role, backed by a memorable supporting cast. Strap in tight and log on to FABRICATED CITY!

- Rupert Bottenberg

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