WellGo USA continues to bring the best in Asian cinema to the US and shows no sign of slowing down. Their latest film The Attorney looks to bring a different kind of film from overseas, as opposed to the usual epics shifts the focus to the courtroom but does it have the evidence to make for a good case or will it be a mistrial?
The Attorney follows a lawyer with no clients, connections, or a college degree, but his eye for business and appetite for money make him the most successful lawyer in town. At the peak of his success, a local teenager is falsely accused of a crime, then beaten and tortured while waiting in jail. Shocked by these conditions, he takes the case no one else will and changes the course of his life. This is one of those interesting films based on a true story that initially heads one direction and takes an unexpected turn. For the most part this movie follows this guy as he figures out a way to become the most successful lawyer in the town without stepping into the courtroom and making a better life for himself and his family. This was a well-acted and great story seeing his rise and redemption through some flashbacks to showcase his struggle and seeing his success in the present. While this part of the story works great, it actually serves a higher purpose and sets up for the life changing events that will occur. Once it shifts into the new case he takes on the film goes from being a story of success and redemption to a tense courtroom drama dealing with a piece of history that affected the entire world. The drama is built up great and manages to keep it interesting and fresh without going overboard with any aspect.
This is a great film that packs more than just the court room drama that usually seems to be the focus of these films and allows it to play up more about the lawyer himself and the direction his life went and the struggles both internally and financially he endured. As with a lot of these films you will have to read the subtitles, but this Korean made film is well worth the time.