After "Platform" (Galter Gaztelo Orutia - 2019) and "Engel" (Bong Joon Ho - 2019), "Composite Game" is the third The most important work of the last two or three years is the world of cinema and television, which uses class differences and social injustices as the basis of its story. It seems that we should now consider this theme as a new wave that has come to the attention of filmmakers. This wave has a few simple rules, creating comprehensible and somewhat superficial and popular stories about poverty and injustice, class differences, and the greed of the rich. These films usually have a straightforward process, their markings are quite clear, and any audience with a little care, can find all the overt and covert messages intended by their creators. Such works, because they touch the hearts of the people, are noticed very quickly and become very popular. Because they become a place to satisfy their repressed hatreds of people who have felt all these injustices and hardships with their flesh and blood and bones. This trend is unlikely to be forgotten any time soon. Huang Dong-hyuk's "Composite Game" is the latest work to reach such a story, a work that has many clichd elements, as well as a few special and spectacular features that set it apart from other such works. "Composite Game" is the story of a middle-aged man named Sung Gye-hoon (Lee Jung Jae) whose life is full of failure, despair and poverty. Having no hope of improving his life, he meets a mysterious man in a metro station who offers to attend a game. Song accepts his offer and realizes that he has entered an interesting game series with 455 other people, with a first prize of about $ 38 million. This game series includes 6 traditional and old Korean games and has a funny trend. The problem is that whoever loses in these games will be killed! Sung and the rest of the participants in the game, knowing that there is no other way to improve their lives, decide to continue it.
A good feature of the "composite game" is its fascinating and suspenseful process. The games have an exciting and spectacular process, and each one brings the excitement of the audience to the peak. Each of the characters who have participated in these games are poor people from the lower classes of society. Interestingly, participants can withdraw from the games at any time by voting. But most of them prefer to take the games to the end. The point of time of the work is that all these killings and violence and cruelty are done consciously and by the choice of the participants. They have reached the bottom line and have no other way to save themselves. This is what the "composite game" audience feels with all their being.
"Composite play" works very well in terms of characterization. As expected, there are a few characters that stand out from the rest and the story focuses more on them. These characters have a good variety and their life story is told very well and patiently. The scary thing about the series is that we know that in these six deadly games, in the end, only one person is going to survive, and all but one of these lovable characters that we see in front of us are going to be killed. From a North Korean refugee to a Pakistani immigrant and an old man with a dangerous tumor in his head, all of these people are going to fight for survival in this deadly game. This gladiatorial rivalry between people from the lowest echelons of society who happen to be friends with each other is one aspect of the series that goes very well.
But not all parts of the "composite game" are as strong. Unfortunately, the series is gradually entering stereotyped sections. The storytelling becomes less predictable. Some side events (such as the secret entry of Officer Huang Joon-ho with Wei-joon into the leadership of these games) seem superfluous and unnecessary. The final surprise that occurs in the final part also seems sudden and unaccounted for, and many examples of its violation can be found. But perhaps the most important flaw of the series is its rhetoric. The filmmaker's intended messages are thrown directly at the audience. There is no justice in the society, the rich are greedy and cruel, the poor have no way to save themselves, in each of the episodes of the series, such messages can be found that are presented in the largest possible way. The rich, who are watching the poor participants play, have put on all the masks of predators such as lions, eagles and bears. In terms of simplicity and grandeur, these symbolisms remind us of school plays! . The games that participants are required to attend are the traditional Korean games themselves. Games from decades ago that are now forgotten. This native look of the filmmaker is perhaps the film's most admirable feature. The "composite game" may be about capitalism and poverty and class differences, but the use of indigenous games is a clever ploy to turn the series into a work about Korea, and for the Korean people. Looking at the history of cinema, we see that all the world's leading filmmakers have made it their main priority to talk about their native environment and the land and families in which they grew up. From Kurosawa, whose works were mostly about Japanese history, or Fellini, who made films about his own life and childhood, to Bergman and Woody Allen, whose entire cinema is summed up in New York. This clever and clever preparation of Huang Dong-Hyuk has made the "composite game" have its own identity and is not an ordinary work.
But it seems that writer and director Huang Dong-Hyuk, with It had another purpose and did not look at it as a fascinating idea. Elsewhere in the film, one of the participants, a young girl, says that these games belong to these backward old men and women, and that we young people do not understand anything about them. This seems to have been the director's main concern. That with the advent of the Internet and the heavy wave of Western culture, Korean genuine traditions and beliefs are disappearing. East Asia is one of the parts of the world that still manages to withstand the cultural invasion of the West, but even there there are signs of change and the disappearance of previous values. The Japanese, who soon realized this danger, discussed it in their anime and tried to preserve these valuable traditions. The Koreans also seem to be realizing this. Thanks to the tremendous popularity of "composite play", we will certainly see more works from Korean cinema in the future, focusing efforts on preserving these traditional values and beliefs.
. Chandor, the American director and select filmmaker, made a film in 2011 called Margin Call, about the onset of the 2007 and 2008 economic crises and their causes and roots. The film is about the activities of the employees of an investment bank on Wall Street who have at least realized the catastrophe ahead. Somewhere in the film, two of these employees enter the elevator with a company employee. These two people are on both sides of the employee. The employee, unaware of the scandal caused by these employees and their managers, has a smile on his face and is completely happy and cheerful. Unaware of the impending catastrophe that will first and foremost take its toll on him and people like him. Without any dialogue and message from Goldarshti, J. . Chandor depicts one of the strongest scenes in the history of cinema about poverty and class divisions and the problems of capitalism.
There is such a thing. We do not have to show some fat and lustful rich people who have a drink in their hands, a mask of a lion and a wolf and a leopard, and from above watch the gladiatorial competition of 456 people from the lower classes of society. "Composite Game" is an attractive and good work, but it is not a masterpiece. At one time, "Clusters of Anger" (John Ford - 1940) and "The Dog Afternoon" (Sydney Lumet - 1975) were made to talk about class differences and social injustices, and now "Squid".
Creator: Huang Dong-hyuk
Actors : Lee Jong-je, Park He-soo, Weiha-jun and
Synopsis: A group of 456 people who share a lot of debt and bad financial conditions are invited to a game in which they must win children's games. The penalty for failure is death.
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