Liam Stephens’s review published on Letterboxd:
Oh my god. This is without a doubt one of the greatest movies I’ve seen see in my entire life. I can’t even begin to express why this is just so breath-taking. Apologies if this review is all over the place, I’m writing this immediately after finishing it. To start off, the amount of dedication put into this movie is absolutely insane. How Choi Min-sik actually ate raw squid and filmed the entire corridor scene in one take with only 17 attempts is beyond me. Speaking of the corridor scene, it was the best scene in the movie and also the more realistic fight scene I’ve ever watched. The characters actually get hurt and miss, stumble and stagger whilst fighting and it makes it feel so real. The camera movements were just top notch and I think that’s what made me enjoy all the scenes so much. The remake really is the most shameful thing and is nowhere remotely close to this. The story is so intriguing and I’m so glad I watched this alone because I got so immersed that I don’t think I ever took my eyes off the screen. The ending is just shocking and I actually gasped out loud to myself when I witnessed it. Park Chan-wook is such a phenomenal director and he made it so realistic with a strong message where nobody wins no matter what happens. This is definitely one of the best foreign movies I’ve seen and I know I haven’t seen a lot, however I will be watching so much more after watching this. To finish off, no matter who you are, go ahead and watch this movie because it’s a defined masterpiece.