‘Cocaine’ Movie Goes Global
“The Drug King” is a truly entertaining film from beginning to end. The acting is all-time strong, and there’s an intriguing story behind everything that happens. It’s often lost in the typical overdone stereotypes, tired characters, and unfinished plot elements that the film can get a bit repetitive at times. The main issue is simple to solve but it could be that the characters are more complicated than most people think. Whatever the reason, the film is still a highly enjoyable action film with some loved characters.
moviefree8k Russell Brand plays the role of David Kleinfeld, the main character. He transforms from a low-life drug dealer into a kingpin in the world of drugs. His distinctiveness is due to many elements, including his street smarts and ambition, his manipulative skills and obviously the wealth that makes it possible for him to assume the intimidating role of the drug kingpin. Kleinfeld is convicted of murder in 1968. He claims to be just an ordinary person who does “what people do”. Although he is wrongfully detained for 18 years, he manages to turn himself in to the police and admits to the murder.
Brand plays David Kleinfeld, the most morally upright character you could ask for to play the role of. We discover that his family was starving during the Korean War and that he was forced to work to help them. He returns home to discover that his family is dead and realizes he must be able to rise above his circumstances in order to make an impact in his life. So, he begins the task of running his own drug company and tries to figure out how to ensure its success, while making use of his connections and wealth to achieve the same.
While David Kleinfeld may appear to be a nice guy in the film however, we soon learn that he cannot succeed until he subliminally convinces South Korean police and American agents that he is a drug lord. Once he has made this claim, he attempts to convince authorities that he is innocent using the various ways available to him. One of his persuasive strategies is to create a false trail that will take authorities in the wrong direction.
The movie’s main theme is the loss 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 corruption and inefficiency. In the beginning Kim Il Sung’s optimism appears to dominate the country, but eventually corruption overtook it. The lesson to be learned is that, although the government may appear to be doing well, it usually falls to the people (led by the song yang-ho) to keep the house clean.
While the film is set in Seoul Many viewers have been critical of it due to its emphasis on characters from the North. The characters even made their own commercial on TV using the same theme, which plays over Kang-ho, the song in North Korea for “cocaine.” Some have suggested that this was just an advertisement for a movie, but others have pointed out that the drug kingpin is wearing an identical outfit to the uniforms of elite soldiers in North Korea. While rumors have circulated that Kim Jong-il was obsessed with the idea, nobody knows for sure.
No matter what the critics have to say the film received an enthusiastic reception from the majority of people who watched it, as it depicted the daily life of a North Korean citizen under the rule of a corrupt government. For those of us who are not on the peninsula it is interesting to note that there are scenes of buses being used to transport convicts across the border, while the song sung by the “Doo-si” girl is being played simultaneously is a powerful reminder of the human state of affairs. Although the topic of drugs isn’t addressed in depth in the film, the message is evident. The current situation can’t be used to answer the question about how much influence China’s governing system has over its citizens.
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 whether it highlights the growing problems in the relationship between the West and America with drugs. It remains to be determined if the Chinese government will see the film as an attempt to whitewashing the Chinese role in drug trade. With the rise of the Korean yakuza boss, perhaps the public will be ready to make the correlation.