Seong-Jae, Yu O-Sung, Kang Sung-Jin, Yu Gee-Tae
Four young thugs are bored one night, so they
decide to rob a gas station, just for fun. When they find it has no
money, however, they lock the employees up and stay there for the night,
pumping gas. Once they get the hang of the equipment, the money starts
to flow, and if customers give them any problems, they just take them
This comedy by Kim Sang-jin has taken Korea
completely by surprise. Before it opened, it generated little interest,
with no truly big-name stars and a director whose last movie, Two Cops
3, was considered a disappointment. Once it started playing in theaters,
however, word of mouth together with a strong marketing campaign
eventually turned this film into the hottest feature of the month.
Attack on the Gas Station derives its humor from a
combination of slapstick violence and a tangled, shifting system of
power relations. Most everyone in the film is nursing an ego, small or
large, and the viewer's pleasure lies in watching them all slug it out,
in a desperate attempt to avoid looking weak or ridiculous. However, it
is when the characters do fail and expose their weaknesses that we begin
to feel empathy for them.
The film features two up-and-coming actors in Lee
Sung-jae (Art Museum by the Zoo) and Yoo Oh-sung (The Spy). Both actors
are convincing as the young lawbreakers who eventually come to represent
moral order and decency in the small corner of society that develops at
the gas station.
This movie does perhaps have a hint of social
criticism, with its digs at Korean high school and the local police
force, but at its heart it delights in simple, throwaway humor where
overreacting becomes the norm and Chinese takeout becomes a matter of
life and death.
List Price: US $19.95
English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese
Full Screen, Dolby Digital
- "Adult Material;
Parental Guidance Recommended" (roughly equal to an
MPPA rating of "R") Films rated Category IIB
contain large amounts of violence and/or nudity and
sexual situations in addition to possible explicit
language and adult situations.