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Quick ("Kwik")

Quebec Premiere
  • South Korea
  • 2011
  • 115 mins
  • DCP
  • Korean
  • English (subtitles)

Every day, Ki-soo (Lee Min-ki) criss-crosses the streets at high speed delivering parcels as a motorcycle messenger, a job he enjoys immensely. However, things get complicated when he learns that a bomb has been planted in the helmet of his new passenger, pop star Ah-rom. Ki-soo must deliver, against his will, a series of explosive packages around the city on the orders of a maniac. If Ki-soo is late, tries to get away or finds himself more than 10 metres from Ah-rom, the helmet will explode…

The premise of Korean film QUICK is reminiscent of that of SPEED, the blockbuster of summer of 1994 — something filmmaker Jo Beom-gu (TROIS FELLAS) makes no attempt to conceal! Backed by Yun Je-gyun, the man behind international successes HAEUNDAE and SEX IS ZERO (which was a big hit at Fantasia in 2004), Jo set himself up with a top-shelf cast consisting of Yoon Je-moon (THE HOST and THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD), Ko Chang-seok (THE HOST, GOING BY THE BOOK), Kang Ye-won (HELLO GHOST) and Kim In-kwon (HAUNTERS). Strap in for an extraordinary motorcycle romp, as insane as it is action-packed, whipping to the four corners of the city while the craziest of chases, stunts and explosions rain down. In this unreal work of mass destruction, Jo has a ball deftly mixing action and humour, a little like Luc Besson did with his popular TAXI franchise. The whole affair doesn’t take itself seriously, not even for a second. With its hyper-charismatic, caricatured characters, rhythmic editing and vivid cinematography, it’s not surprising that the film was a commercial success in Korea. If you’re looking for a dose of pure entertainment and pleasure, as well as an overabundance of wild scenes that fly in the face of realism and common sense, this film is for you! We recommend that you switch your brain to “off” and let yourself succumb to this overdose of mind-boggling, oh-so-fun explosions, chases and car crashes! A guaranteed good time!

— Éric S. Boisvert

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