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Film / Deliver Us from Evil (2020)

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Deliver Us from Evil (Korean: 다만 악에서 구하소서; RR: Daman Akeseo Goohasoseo) is a 2020 South Korean action film written and directed by Hong Won-Chan, starring Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jung-jae and Park Jeong-min. The film follows In-nam (played by Hwang), a hitman who plans to retire after completing a final hit, but finds himself linked to a kidnapping case in Thailand and targeted by Ray (played by Lee), the man whose sibling he assassinated. The film was shot in Thailand, South Korea and Japan, with almost 80 percent of the filming done in Thailand. It marks the reunion of Hwang and Lee after their 2013 film New World.

Initially scheduled to open in early July, the film was released in South Korean cinemas on 5 August 2020. It was a commercial success, and a final cut with extended footage was released on 28 October 2020. The film was released in the USA in March 2021.

Tropes pertaining to this film:

  • Ax-Crazy: Ray. Oh, so much.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: the main villains of the movie are: Ray, a Yakuza Enforcer who wants to kill In-nam since the latter killed the former's brother; and Lan, the head of a Thai Organ Smuggling syndicate called Chaopo who kidnaps Yoo-Min since Korean children were healthier to sell organs than Thai children. Lan is also responsible for the death of Yoo-Min's mother, Young Joo.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Both Yui and Yoo-min managed to escape Thailand with In-nam's stash of money, but he had to sacrifice himself to save them and stop Ray's rampage once and for all.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: In-nam is a former hitman who wants to save his estranged daughter from an organ trafficking ring and tries to protect her from Ray, who wants revenge for his brother's death. Ray, meanwhile, is an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight who wants to kill In-nam for his brother's death and he's willing to kill everyone, from the Thai police to the Chaopo's thugs, just to achieve that.
  • The Dreaded: Ever wondered why no Hitman (except for In-nam) is capable of killing Koraeda? The answer is his estranged brother Ray, a Yakuza enforcer who is not only resilient but also deadly as well, capable of easily taking down both police and gangsters. When he and In-Nam meet, the latter can't easily beat the former and has to resort to escape from his clutches.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Ray's reaction to seeing In-Nam? Nothing but pure rage. He also kills Lan's men just to get to In-Nam himself.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When he was fatally wounded by Ray, In-Nam detonates a grenade inside Ray's car, killing both of them. But at least, it gave time for both Yui and Yoo-min to escape.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Played With. Lan lost his Organ Smuggling ring and a lot of his men to In-Nam, Ray, and the Thai Police. Also, the cops may have found out the place where his operations involving Organ Trafficking take place, but since he had a lot of money from other stuff like Illegal Drugs and Weapons Smuggling, he will rebuilt his Organ Smuggling Ring all over again, kidnap more children and recruit new men to protect it from both cops and vengeful hitmen.
  • One-Man Army: Both In-nam and Ray are capable of beating down some of Lan's men and the Thai Police.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The Chaopo's modus operandi is to kidnap children and sell their organs to the highest bidder. If the child is a foreign national, the cost of a child's organ is more expensive than a Thai one.
    • Ray doesn't give a rat's ass about In-nam's daughter. He'll use her as a bait to finish what he started: kill him and avenge his brother.