Supervisor Kim’s hunt ends in the opposite direction. Surprisingly, there is little drama or tension. Inspector Ryu and Detective Lee have already done the hard part by managing brute force to get out of a van. Then once they start threatening them, they’ll be killers with the Giant Truck, Patrolman Oh and Detective Yang (played by Cha Se Won), despite Inspector Ryo’s stated motive to keep them out of this whole mess.
It turns out that Inspector Ryo didn’t want to tell Detective Yang because Detective Yang is married and has a lot of kids. But in a refreshing departure from the usual excerpts, there’s plenty of humor in the hospital scenes. Most of it is made of the powerful chemistry of Patrolman Oh and Detective Yang, as well as the strange humorous parallels between Detective Yang’s wife and Inspector Ryu, who are revered by Detective Yang in similar ways.
Character building moments like these really stand out – as does Inspector Ryo’s visit to Detective Lee’s apartment, where they almost instantly revert to old habits. “bad and crazy” He is surprisingly cute even when K isn’t around. We only really see him in the comedic follow-up to the first scene enclosed in a truck. And while I can remember the pain Inspector Ryu and K felt due to being locked in the van, I completely lost track of the actual course of the investigation which led to Superintendent Kim backing down.
While this characterization may be charming, it really underscores how the main story steamed and made the episode seem a lot longer than it actually was. Then we get to the post-script, which basically just serves to prove that Inspector Ryo is going to have to get some actual treatment for the split personality issues. But the entire scene in the psychiatrist’s office is exceptionally mysterious and ominous.
Overall, the episode is disrupted by trying to segment the criminal investigation and character development angles in the story. Inspector Ryo has always been a compelling character because his primary struggle is more of being a corrupt cop out of laziness than lack of any particular morals. Overcoming this laziness through hard detective work is his main salvation. The action cop stuff is a lot like eye candy, but in this case it didn’t pull me in.
William Schwartz review
“bad and crazy” directed by Yoo Seon Dong, written by Kim Sae is goodand features Lee Dong WookAnd Wee Ha JunAnd Han Ji YeonAnd Cha Hak YeonAnd Kang Ae SimAnd Kim Dae Gun. Broadcasting Information in Korea: 12/17/2021~ Broadcasting now, Fri, Sat 22:40 on tvN.
Team writer. He has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, and has lived in South Korea since 2011. He started in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema’s 2016 summer travel diary series, and is settled Currently in Anyang. He has good tips for using the public bus system in South Korea. William Schwartz can be contacted at email@example.com. He also has an alternate at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future films to review.
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