Conclusion: New World is a complexly structured and rather dense entertainment, and so it requires the kind of close attention that some filmgoers aren't willing to invest. For those who can navigate the admittedly confusing first half hour or so, the film pays off in spades—and then some.
Summary: 'New World' certainly isn't offering anything the world hasn't seen in terms of undercover cops and the criminal organizations they're attempting to infiltrate, but what it lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in style and presentation.
Excerpt: Bestowed with a somewhat novel twist, Park Hoon-jung's New World employs the good-guy/bad-guy power dynamic of the typical cop-gangster flick and treats it as the primary source of the story's intrigue.
Summary: Austrian-Hungarian helmer Paul Rosdy ("The Port of Last Resort") tours a now-vanished Central European empire in "New World." Pic throws older accounts of the empire's cities up against interviews with current residents and contempo-shot scenes.