A Company Man

Featured In Issue 180, October 2013

WSR Score3.5
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In A Company Man, Hyeong-do (So Ji-sub) wears a suit and tie like any other rank-and-file white collar worker...except his profession is murder. Seemingly a section chief in the sales division of a metal fabrication company that is actually a front for an organization of hit men, Hyeong-do is regarded as one of the best contract killers in the business. One day he meets a married woman named Su-yeon (Mi-yeon) and instantly falls in love. Feeling guilty about his bloody past, Hyeong-do tries to quit the "manufacturer," to the surprise of his colleagues and his enemies. Seen as the ultimate betrayal, he is immediately hunted down by his former employers. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 04:30), the theatrical trailer, and upfront previews.

The 1080p AVC picture was shot digitally with the Red Epic camera system in anamorphic Panavision®. The picture quality is uneven, due to lighting challenges in certain segments. Otherwise the image quality is quite good, with nicely saturated hues and natural fleshtones. Colors often pop with warmth and vivid intensity. Contrast is well balanced overall with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout. The image also exhibits a pristine appearance. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is excellent, with an aggressive directionalized surround presence. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively rendered, with dynamic energy executed in the more intense segments. The music score is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Deep sub-25 Hz .1 LFE bass is energized during the action sequences. The Korean dialogue is articulate and naturally integrated for the most part. This is a competent sonic experience that sounds dynamic and at times holosonic®. (Gary Reber)