Killing Them Softly is a strange cocktail of unusually thoughtful gangsters, stylized violence and unsubtle political satire. If you can get past the wanky title, viewers may be pleasantly surprised by its thoughtful approach to grizzly topics but it is by no means the film it has been marketed to be. Think The New World with more guns.
Inspired by true events and set during the 1920’s, My Way sees Korean country boy Kim Jun-shik struggle to reconcile his aspirations of becoming an Olympic runner with the various forces that conspire to stop him realizing his dreams. If you’re expecting a sleepy art house flick with lots of panning shots and loaded silences you’re in for a disappointment. My Way is a relentlessly high octane affair and serves as a compelling comment on Japan’s fraught and complicated history.