The sights, sounds, automobiles and threads of South Korea within the Nineteen Eighties are on show in Seoul Vibe (Netflix), an motion movie that strikes quick and will get livid as a ragtag crew of younger drivers and low-level lawbreakers agree to assist a legislation enforcement official who’s working exterior the strains to take down a cash laundering operation that reaches into the best echelons of the South Korean authorities.


The Gist: Seoul Vibe opens up in a area far past the South Korean metropolis, with ace driver Dong-wook (Yoo Ah-in of Burning and Hellbound) bouncing a cut-down Chevy pickup throughout a tough desert monitor in 1988 Saudi Arabia, his child brother Joon-ki alongside as videographer and chief engineer. Sure, this gig operating smuggled materials into the inside isn’t precisely authorized. But it’s rattling enjoyable, and it hones Dong-wook’s expertise behind the wheel. Arriving again in Seoul, the boys hook up with taxi driver pal Bok-nam (Lee Kyu-hyung) and uncover their previous neighborhood razed as a part of town’s “upkeep of seen areas” forward of internet hosting the Olympic Games. At least their clubhouse of their late father’s previous auto physique storage hasn’t been demolished. Dong, Joon, and Bok-nam are joined there by resident DJ John (Go Kyung-pyo) and Dong and Joon’s sister Yoon-hee (Park Ju-hyun) as bother arrives within the type of Prosecutor Ahn (Oh Jung-se). He is aware of all about Dong’s unlawful worldwide work, and plans to flee Korea for the hip-hop and flash of Los Angeles. If Dong and his crew will infiltrate the cash laundering operation of underworld kingpin Kang In-sook (Moon So-ri), Ahn will eradicate their felony data and clear the best way for journey visas.

There’s a take a look at if you wish to drive for Seoul’s high unhealthy man. Dong and his fellow child drivers beat their competitors in an unlawful road race, and shortly begin hauling a great deal of laundered money for Kang and Lee (Kim Sung-kyun), her grumbly and suspicious high henchman, all whereas gathering intel on the operation for Ahn. The prosecutor additionally grants them entry to some seized authorities property, and three castoff automobiles turn out to be one deceptively highly effective and souped-up Hyundai Pony pickup. “Drift this automotive with this rhythm, with this vibe,” John says solemnly, handing Dong a customized mixtape.

With profitable runs comes extra standing in Kang’s felony bunch, and money to purchase threads and meals at McDonald’s. But Dong suspects it’s all too good to be true, and Lee is the primary to indicate his hand, taunting the crew together with his sidearms and employed muscle. Dong additionally doesn’t belief Ahn’s sport. “Forgive our crimes? The visas? That’s all bullshit,” he tells John. And even because the child drivers are making strikes to safe incriminating paperwork from Kang’s inside sanctum, Lee is placing the muscle on them. With the Seoul Olympics as a backdrop, all of it comes down to 1 final job, and a sometimes unorthodox play to reveal the true criminals and get away clear.

Ong Seong-wu as Park Joon-gi and Ko Kyung-Pyo as John Woo in 'Seoul Vibe.'
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What Movies Will It Remind You Of? There are a ton of enjoyable callbacks to the Fast saga right here, from Prosecutor Ahn’s unique deployment of Dong-wook’s scrappy driver crew in his investigation – with strings connected relating to their freedom, in fact – and his opening a storage filled with government-seized autos for his or her use, to the prolonged automotive customization sequences and the massive high-speed finale which includes a cargo airplane within the method of Fast & Furious 6


Performance Worth Watching: The chemistry between Dong-wook’s crew in Seoul Vibe is palpable. But Park Ju-hyun, who additionally co-starred within the Netflix sequence Extracurricular, is one in every of its brightest spots as Dong’s youthful sister Yoon-he, whose wits, lighthearted air, and connections with Seoul’s greatest biker gang are a continuing help to the group’s makes an attempt to deliver down Kang’s operation.

Memorable Dialogue: “First, the outer half would be the Pony pick-up, in order that it’ll look cool.” Dong-wook is describing to his crew how they’ll remodel the three automobiles Ahn gave them into one dynamite automobile. “The engine is from the Grandeur, 130 horsepower.” And the inclusion of the Grandeur is a cool easter egg right here: Hyundai, an official sponsor of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, launched the luxurious sedan it developed with Mitsubishi in 1987 particularly to nook the market on well-heeled, company account-having Olympics guests.

Sex and Skin: DJ John and Kang’s private secretary share a night in her resort room, however there’s no humorous enterprise noticed.

Our Take: Start with the irrepressible chemistry of the actors at its core. If you simply think about the sense of driving round city with Dong-wook and his crew, or chilling at their Bbangkku hideout as they skateboard, tinker with autos, and take heed to John’s DJ units, then Seoul Vibe is certainly a hangout film. But then you’ll be able to add within the sense of social euphoria that unfold by means of Seoul and South Korea within the Nineteen Eighties, with widespread financial development, elevated entry to western merchandise – a giant one being Seoul’s first McDonald’s, which Dong-wook and the remaining deal with with hushed reverence – and the worldwide publicity introduced by the nation’s internet hosting of the 1988 Olympic Games. Add in much more area of interest merchandise and signifiers of the period – Jordan 3’s, Kangol buckets, satin Los Angeles Raiders jackets, RUN-DMC-approved shell-toe Adidas, JVC Super VHS Camcorders, threads from Stussy and Hilfiger, and Joon-ki’s completely improbable NASCAR T-shirt that includes Bill Elliott’s #94 Micky D’s Ford – and pair all of that with just a few choose music cues (“You be Illin’” from Run-DMC, “One for the Treble” by Davy DMX) and Seoul Vibe’s adoration for autos of the age, together with Hyundai Sonatas and Pony pick-ups, regional rarities like BMW and Mercedes-Benz sedans, and the Jeep-derived Dong-A Korando, and then toss in up to date cinematic reference factors just like the Fast & Furious movies, the jazzy heist sequences of Steven Soderbergh, and a cartoonish devotion to Guy Ritchie’s sketches of the felony world, and Seoul Vibe has a ton of easygoing type and drip going for it even when the plot turns into sodden and stalled out.

Our Call: STREAM IT. Seoul Vibe is a enjoyable motion romp with devotion in its coronary heart for the heady feel and appear of Nineteen Eighties South Korea. From the start, you already know Dong-wook and his crew will win the day. The enjoyment lies in watching them race to the end.

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