Writer: Hoon-Jung Park (Screenplay)
Starring: Min-sik Choi, Man-sik Jeong, Sang-ho Kim, Eun-woo Le, Ren Osugi
Plot: While the Kingdom of Korea is under occupation by the Japanese, an old and experienced hunter is challenged by the hunt of the last tiger.
Runtime: 2 Hours 19 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Difficult Watch
Story: The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale starts as we see how the Japanese have taken part of Korea, the soldiers are being killed off in the forest though, not by people, but by tigers. Goo-gyeong (Jeong) is charged with taking a team to hunt down the tigers.
Facing a tiger smarter than they had come up against before, the task falls on lone hunter Chun Man-duk (Choi) a hunter with decades of experience who has countless kills to his name to free his son.
Thoughts on The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale
Characters – Chun Man-duk is a brilliant hunter, he knows the forest and will catch anything he sets his mind too, he has respect and will not resort to traps to capture the animals. Goo-gyeong is the man tasked with tracking down the tigers, he uses the traps and catches all bar the alpha that uses its intelligence to stay ahead of hunter. He puts countless lives at risk to capture this tiger.
Performances – Min-sik Choi seems to be an actor I am watching a lot recently, he is a wonderfully talented actor and h shows his range he once again. Man-sik Jeong is also great at the military man leading a hunt with no remorse.
Story – This story follows the battle between men and a tiger during war time, we follow to hunters, one that uses the dirty tricks, while the other does things with honour. The tiger itself is out for revenge on the people that kill his family. While this is difficult to watch because it is solely based on hunting an animal down, it does try to play into the idea that the mountain will choose who lives and who dies. We get the connection between the tiger and the hunters, which at times comes of a respect and other times pure hatred towards each other.
Action/Adventure/History – The action sequences when tackling the tiger killing as many men as possible are brutal to watch and seem close to the bear scene in the Revenant. The history of this film comes into question as, you are left to wonder if this is based on the real events.
Settings – The mountain setting shows us the scale of the land the tiger could be roaming in, it is filled with beauty and peril around every corner.
Special Effects – The effects are the hardest part of this film, you couldn’t really have a real tiger for this and the CGI job is difficult and you can tell.
Final Thoughts –This is a beauty story even if it is difficult to watch, showing man and animal can leave next to each other in peace, but war tries to take this away from them.
Overall: Thought Provoking movie