Also Known As: 뚝방전설 Legend of the Dike, Embankment Legend, Bar Legend
Well, I had high expectations for Ddukbang, primarily because another website said that it was a "Great fight movie" and the sole review on IMDb insisted that it was "engaging" and "the fight scenes are excellent", among other things.
All I can say is that Ddukbang lives up to NONE of these glowing comments. In fact, it's quite bad. Let's put it this way. I've seen 130 action films from China, Japan, Thailand, and Korea. Ddukbang is probably in the bottom 10-15 percentile, which means that of the total 130 action films I've seen, this movie is worse than 110 of them.
First of all, the fighting scenes are horribly choreographed. Take 20 dudes, throw them together in a brawl, then have them execute some basic punches and kicks. Congratulations - you now have an "action sequence" for Ddukbang. Needless to say, it's not even the slightest bit entertaining.
Anyone who is deluded enough to claim that the fight scenes in this film are "excellent" should seriously consider watching some of the other fare from East Asia, preferably So Close, Azumi, Tom Yum Goong, Ong Bak, Fist of Legend, Hard Boiled, Tai Chi Master, or The Legend of Drunken Master, to name only a few. If one wishes to see fight scenes that are driven by an intense storyline and character development, one should refer to Kill Zone, Oldboy, Shiri, or A Bittersweet Life, to name only a few. The fight scenes in Ddukbang are neither choreographically precise nor emotional. They are simply boring and formulaic.
Even more abhorrent is that the final fight is never allowed the finish! The filmmakers cut away just as the lead protagonist and antagonist start getting it on. This is just horrible film-making, plain and simple.
The pacing of the film also suffers. There are a few fights at the beginning and one at the end. The middle 70 minutes are sleep-inducing nothingness. I like slow films with character development (see the latter references above), but for goodness sakes - give me something interesting! Ddukbang offers absolutely nothing except a few funny moments. Not good.
The hype surrounding this film reminds me of Geochilmaru, another obscenely overrated Korean action film that is light on choreography as well as drama. However, Geochilmaru is still better than this turd.