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Director of ‘Old Boy’ brings us the best series of the year with ‘The Sympathizer’ – a pulse-pounding masterpiece filled with mastery and emotion.

“The Vietnam War is known as the American War in Vietnam.” With this epigraph, the HBO Max series, The Sympathizer, begins, offering a cinematic and engaging experience for viewers until 2024.

The main character, known only as the Captain, is a complex individual with multiple dualities. He is half Vietnamese and half French, a member of the South Vietnamese secret police and a mole for the communist forces. As a Vietnamese refugee in Los Angeles, he struggles with his loyalties as he navigates a new life.

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the series follows the Captain’s confession in a post-war Vietnamese re-education camp, highlighting the impact of memory on personal narratives.

Directed by Park Chan-wook and co-showrunner Don McKellar, the series explores the act of remembering through the Captain’s memories, adding depth and context to the narrative.

Despite the brilliant cast, including Robert Downey Jr., some viewers may find his portrayal of multiple characters distracting. The series also touches on serious themes such as war, colonization, racism, and identity crises with a satirical and humorous tone.

The visual style of the series is a feast for the eyes, with stunning cinematography and editing that enhances the storytelling. The series shifts tone under the direction of Marc Munden, delving into the Captain’s present in the re-education camp.

Overall, The Sympathizer offers a compelling and thought-provoking viewing experience, setting a high standard for future series to come. New episodes are available on HBO Max, with the latest premieres scheduled for May 26.

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