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For The Emperor (2014/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: B Extras: C- Film: B-

A disgraced baseball player gets taken in by the local mafia loan sharks. As he collects loans and debts he begins to rapidly rise through the ranks, but the higher he rises, the more danger comes from within their own ranks. There can be only Emperor and all the various leaders and mob bosses isn't going to let the new guy get it so easily. Lee Hwan was thrown out of the major league baseball after he was caught in an illegal sports gambling ring for cheating and rigging the games and he'll deal with the fallout in Sang Jun Park's For The Emperor (2014).

Taken in by the local mob boss, Lee learns he has a knack for hitting other things than a baseball. Un-tempted by money or power, his boss begins to see his potential and help him rapidly rise through the ranks, but his he grooming him for to become the next King or the next pawn for him to step on? His only weakness is the beautiful mistress of the mob, but when she disappears can he go against the very man who's taken him underneath his wing and trained him, or does his loyalty run deeper?

This movie was like watching a Korean version of Sherlock/Benedict Cumberbatch look alike with brutal martial art fighting; expect serious violence. It is seems to point out Koreans value loyalty on to death, even when betrayed by their own boss/leaders, if one one remains loyal, loyalty will always be rewarded. Not always original, but delivers the genre goods.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is on the blue side, but tends to look great throughout, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix may not impress that much, but is still well mixed, recorded and always offering something in its surrounds if a bit overdone. Extra include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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