“Hit-and-Run Squad” (South Korean Movie) Review
“Hit-and-Run Squad” [뺑반 Bbaengban] is a 2019 South Korean investigative movie with a running time of approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Warning: This is NOT your typical Korean romcom drama, but a R rated crime/action movie. So…proceed accordingly.
- Gong Hyo-Jin as Police Lieutenant Eun Si-Yeon
- Ryu Jun-Yeol as Police Constable Seo Min-Jae [Kim Min-Jae]
- Jo Jung-Suk as Jung Jae-Cheol
- Yum Jung-Ah as Yoo Ji-Hyun
- Jeon Hye-Jin as Woo Sun-Young
- Lee Sung-Min as Jung-Jae
- Sun Seok-Goo as Gi Tae-Ho
- Key as Dong-Soo
With big names such as the ones listed above, it should come as no surprise that this is a masterpiece. Despite the cliché trope of police corruption, it is the character interpretation that made this one worthwhile watching.
Jo Jung-Suk’s portrayal as the story’s antagonist impressed me especially. A long time admirer of his acting abilities, his interpretation of a villain solidified my high regards for his skills.
Eun Si-Yeon (Gong Hyo-Jin) is a member of the regional investigation unit at the South Korean National Police Agency. Her team, lead by her superior Yoo Ji-Hyun (Yum-Jung-Ah), has been working on a high profile case involving corruption within the police itself. However, the team fails in their mission, resulting in its disbandment. Police Lieutenant Si-Yeon subsequently receives a transfer order to the Incheon hit-and-run division. As the name indicates, they are in charge of investigating Hit-and-Run incidents.
Initially taken aback by her new unit’s unconventional way of doing things, Si-Yeon soon comes to acknowledge her colleagues abilities. She inevitably becomes close to her team leader Woo Sun-Young (Jeon Hye-Jin), and Police Constable Seo Min-Jae (Ryu Jun-Yeol).
It isn’t long before Si-Yeon learns about repeat hit-and-run incidents involving powerful former Formula One racer Jung Jae-Cheol (Jo Jung-Suk). Due to Jae-Cheol’s wealth and connections, the team has been unable to bring him to justice. Turns out this is not the first time Si-Yeon hears about Jung Jae-Cheol and his involvement in shady dealings. He happens to be the very criminal her previous team was trying to put away. Suspected of bribery involving high officials within the police force, her team kept eyes on the spoiled CEO of JC Motors has long .
Old friendships get put to the test and new alliances are formed in this fast paced story following a dedicated police unit.
Someone prepare the popcorn [read “Ramyeon”].
Until next time,