'The Last Godfather' Movie Not About Joe Massino

Filmed in America and in English, the film "The Last Godfather" features Korean star-director-writer Shim Hyung-rae as the love-child orphan of a 1950s Mafia don called to the States to take over the family business, according to a review in the L.A. Times.

After one quick joke that the 50-something Shim looks a bit old, the film moves into letting him just do what one might expect from a man-child character based around his high-water, high-waisted pants, bumbling antics and odd predilection for gags involving his shoes.

Rather than make a fuss over the storytelling, Shim prefers to keep it simple — two crime families are at war — and just let the performers carry the movie with mugging and banter.

For that task Shim has assembled a real wrecking crew of characters actors, including Michael Rispoli, John Pinette, Blake Clark, Jon Polito and erstwhile Kevin Smith sidekickJason Mewes. For an ingénue love interest he has cast Jocelin Donahue from "The House of the Devil" and as the don/father no less than Harvey Keitel (who has to hold a straight face when another character uses the phrase "Mean Streets").

Actually, for his part Keitel is neither as embarrassing nor as detached as Robert De Niro in some of his comedic-paycheck parts, and he seems to be enjoying himself, at least, and in one moment gamely rolls on the floor in mock grief.


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