For those who were impressed by the action thriller film Baby Driver, a filmmaker from South Korea is trying to raise a similar theme through Special Delivery (Teuksong). The result is not bad at all. Park Dae-min directs this South Korean action thriller film with young stars such as Park So-dam and Jung Hyeon-jun, who we know through the Oscar-winning film, Parasite, then Song Sae-byeok, and Kim Eui-sung. Special Delivery, released earlier this year, is currently the fourth highest-grossing film in South Korea.

Eun-ha (So-dam) is a reliable female driver who sends goods or people from one location to another. She never once failed to do her job. As usual, she got an assignment to pick up a client and drop at one location one day. Unexpectedly, everything changes when the client turns out a boy (Hyeon-jun) who a group of gangsters is chasing him. The boy is carrying a safe key containing millions of dollars, and the chase begins.

The opening segment is so entertaining that it will surely impress the audience—not inferior to Hollywood films. Korean films are now on par with Hollywood films for the technical side. Unfortunately, such a promising premise is not strong enough to maintain the tension to the climax. One or two moments seem to waste time and make the plot predictable. The subplot inserts that contain the issue of corrupt police, the action of “defects” (North Korea), to the chemistry between Eun-ha and Seo-Won become an interesting gimmick. The ending was also very satisfying for the audience.

Special Delivery is the Korean version of “Baby Driver” with some impressive action moments and a thriller side. His technical achievements from all sides, be it camera, editing, music, are very well established. So far, this film has one of the best car chase scenes outside of Hollywood films. With an even more solid story, it feels like it’s just a matter of time before South Korean mainstream cinema aligns with Hollywood.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.

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