Night in Paradise ★★★

"New World" writer & director Park Hoon-jung returns to the realm of organized crime with his latest action/thriller, but after recently expanding his canvas into historical epics ("The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale") and psychic teen sci-fi ("The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion"), this gangland material can't help but feel a bit overly familiar, especially since "Night in Paradise" more or less shares its plot with Kim Jee-woon's modern classic "A Bittersweet Life." But I'd be lying if I said there wasn't catharsis to be found in the film's ultra-bloody denouement.

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