Korean film is growing in many good ways, in ways that set it apart from the mindless tripe that comes out of Hollywood nowadays. "Address Unknown" is a film with a heavy message, a message about the civil war in Korea and how it had touched so many different people in horrific ways and how it still shapes the lives of people today. This is an incredibily violent film too. Many Hollywood-style thrillers have lots of guns and bombs, complete with macho he-men that grimace but this film portrays a level of slow, on-going violence that unmatched in Hollywood. Here, one finds the pain and rage of mixed-race children and their burdens, the petty, evil of dog-man and his debased sense of ethics, a sterotype of the American soldier who seems to never be quite right in his head or heart. One can find the moral degradation that haunts parts of Korea, due to the presence of the American military. True, they are there to protect South Korea but can they protect against the spiritual and moral decay from within?
This is the kind of film that can haunt and stay inside ones head for days afterwards, thus if one wants to see a very meaningful example of Korean cinematography, by all means see this film but be aware that this is one heavy piece of work that can leave a mark. Beware.