The Drug King

The Drug King 마약왕
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The Drug King is set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970s, Lee Doo-sam builds an empire as a drug smuggler in the Busan underworld, while public prosecutor Kim In-goo attempts to take down Lee Doo-sam.

  • Movie: The Drug King (English & literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Mayakwang
  • Hangul: 마약왕
  • Director: Woo Min-Ho
  • Writer: Lee Ji-Min, Woo Min-Ho
  • Producer: Kim Jin-Woo
  • Cinematographer: Ko Nak-Sun
  • Release Date: December 19, 2018
  • Runtime: 139 min.
  • Genre: Crime / Drugs / Period-1970
  • Distributor: Showbox

Synopsis

Set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970’s, Lee Doo-Sam (Song Kang-Ho) works for a group who become involved in smuggling high priced items like gold and watches. The government then implements a crackdown. Lee Doo-Sam becomes the scapegoat for his boss and serves time in prison. When he is released, Lee Doo-Sam jumps into the business of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. At a party, he meets lobbyist Kim Jung-A (Bae Doo-Na) who has connections with powerful people. Kim Jung-A joins Lee Doo-Sam’s business venture. Lee Doo-Sam makes incredible profits, but he becomes restless and gets addicted to methamphetamine.

Meanwhile, Prosecutor Kim In-Goo (Cho Jung-Seok) is transferred to the Busan Prosecutors’ Office. While investigating a drug case, he notices Lee Doo-Sam. He targets Lee Doo-Sam and the powerful people who took bribes from him.

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