This post was updated on August 14, 2014 and expanded to a Top 12 in order to make room for some more recent Korean gangster classics.
To get us started in this week's celebration of Korean gangster cinema (Jopok Week on MKC), I've compiled my top 10. However, an interesting question is what constitutes a gangster film? There are a number of films which may have made it onto this list but I wasn't quite sure that they fully fit the bill, such as Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), The Yellow Sea (2010), The Unjust (2010), and Moss (2010).
So what makes a gangster film a gangster film? And more importantly, what are your favorites?
Scroll through the below gallery to find discover our favorites and let us know if you agree.
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