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There is No Way to Leave the Assassin Business in The Villainess this November 21st

The Villainess is an upcoming action thriller. From Well Go USA Entertainment, this Korean film involves a female assassin, trained since childhood. Several years into her killing career, Sook-hee (Ok-bin Kim) now wants freedom and will stop at nothing to get it. The Villainess will be available, through several formats, this November. The title, from director Byung-gil Jung, also stars: Jun Sung and Ha-kyun Shin. A preview of the film's home entertainment launch is hosted here. The official trailer was released earlier this year (Aug. '17), for The Villainess. It shows Sook-hee partially via first person camera shooting. Similar to Hardcore Henry's (2015) shooting style, Sook-hee battles several foes on motorcycle or in the air. It looks like there is no end to this killing spree. The Villainess will be available on three formats this November. On November 21st, this action title will show on DVD, Video-on-demand and a Blu-ray/DVD combo.
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‘The Villainess’ Blu-ray Review (2nd Opinion)

Stars: Ok-bin Kim, Seo-hyung Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung Bang | Written and Directed by Byung-gil Jung

It’s been a while since a foreign language movie came out that truly blew me away, probably The Raid being the last one and we all know how much I gush over that movie. The Villainess brings us all the things I loved about The Raid and some intricate clever plot points that echo Infernal Affairs sprinkled with some Nikita… Add all this together and you get a damn good movie, that is in serious danger of being in my Top 5 movies of 2017!

The awesome folks at Arrow Video have brought us a shiny awesome Blu Ray and DVD release of this instant classic and its out today. Spoilers (I normally save this bit till the end): I absolutely recommend this movie to any fan of Korean Cinema, action fight sequences, stunning choreography,
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Film Review: The Villainess: You’ll Root for the Bad Girl & Like It [Nyaff 2017]

The Villainess Review The Villainess (2017) Film Review from the 16th Annual New York Asian Film Festival, a movie directed by Byung-gil Jung, and starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Seo-hyeong Kim, Jun Sung, and Eun-ji jo. The Villainess was, at its face, a tribute to Luc Besson‘s Le Femme Nikita, and the latest [...]

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Blu-ray Review – The Villainess (2017)

The Villainess, 2017.

Directed by Byung-gil Jung.

Starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, and Seo-hyeong Kim.

Synopsis:

A female assassin seeks revenge on the man that killed her father, unaware of the consequences that await her.

Opening with possibly the greatest five minutes of first-person action ever filmed, The Villainess follows in the tradition of recent high-octane Asian action movies like The Raid and Headshot and relentlessly throws exciting set piece after set piece at you as actors and stunt people alike seemingly perform almost superhuman violent theatrics all in the name of entertainment. But The Villainess strings all of these scenes together with a plot that whilst not wholly original, does draw on the revenge genre and presents it all in a stylish way, adding in elements of neo-noir, classic kung-fu and a dark undercurrent of almost horror movie proportions .

The Villainess breaks down into three very distinct acts,
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Movie Review – The Villainess (2017)

The Villainess, 2017.

Directed by Byung-gil Jung.

Starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, Seo-hyeong Kim, Eun-ji Jo, and Ye-Ji Min.

Synopsis:

A woman assassin leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks revenge.

The Villainess starts off with one hell of a chaotic fight sequence reminiscent to, Kill Bill, The Raid and Hardcore Henry (the entire extended battle takes place from the first person perspective and is all one highly impressive unbroken take), and is violent and visceral to the extreme complete with blades, guns, and blood painting the walls red. Going in blind, I legitimately thought the whole movie would play out this way, but then things shift into a more conventional structure and narrative. Sook-hee is on a warpath of vengeance until she can bring justice to the man that murdered her father in cold blood.

At the same time, a government agency views Sook-hee as
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Frightfest 2017: ‘The Villainess’ Review

Stars: Ok-bin Kim, Seo-hyung Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung Bang | Written and Directed by Byung-gil Jung

Sook-Hee is a trained assassin who was born to kill. She was just a little girl when the training started in China. And after the death of her mentor, when the chance of starting a new life was given to her, she came to South Korea as a government agent. The National Intelligence Service promised her freedom after ten years of active assignments. So begins her new double life as a theatre actress-come-hit-woman until the dark secrets from her past start to reappear. Then she gets a new mission and it changes everything.

There’s been a lot of hype for The Villainess, ever since it first screened at Cannes; and as an action-movie fan and genre fan I was all ready to buy into that hype. But I should have known better! To
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Frightfest 2017: The Villainess Review: Dir. Byung-gil Jung

The Villainess Review: One women goes on a bone-crunching rampage, and takes us along for the ride, in this South Korean action gem. The Villainess Review

The Villainess, which debuts in the UK at Frightfest ahead of a cinema release on 15th September, is a South Korean masterclass in action. Sook-Hee (Kim Ok-bin) has been raised as a ruthless assassin since the death of her parents. Having fallen in love with her mentor, the pair get married, only for him to perish on their honeymoon. Enraged and grief-stricken, Sook-Hee goes on a one woman rampage, killing all that get in her way before she is detained by, and enlisted by, South Korea’s intelligence agency. The National Intelligence Service promise her freedom after ten years of active assignments. Sook-Hee then begins her new double life as a theatre actress by day, hit-woman by night, until the dark secrets from her past start to reappear.
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Second Trailer for Korean Action Film 'The Villainess' with Ok-bin Kim

"When I receive orders, I assign them. And you kill." Well Go USA has unveiled another official trailer for the badass Korean action film The Villainess, which opens in select theaters (NY & La) this weekend. So if you think this looks good, you can see it now! We've written about this film before and featured a trailer a few months ago. Ok-bin Kim stars as Sook-hee, a trained assassin who tries to become a stage actress after giving 10 years of service as an assassin. But her dark past comes creeping back and she must take things into her own hands to finish her work and be free once and for all. The full cast includes Eun-ji Jo, Seo-hyung Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, and Jun Sung. This trailer is packed full of intense action and quotes from critics, and will leave you more than excited to see this. I'm looking forward to catching it sometime soon.
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Fantasia 2017 – ‘The Villainess’

Warning: You are not prepared for what this movie delivers. I watched The Villainess about a week after I saw Atomic Blonde — which was also part of Fantasia 2017 — and the two have a lot of similarities. On the surface level alone, they’re both about awesome, extremely dangerous women who are working for a shadowy organization, and both movies contain lengthy, seemingly one-take action sequences which are the highlight of the film. In fact, The Villainess has three of those action sequences. But the similarities pretty much end there as Atomic Blonde’s Cold War espionage is more akin to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, whereas The Villainess shares a lot of DNA (including one identical scene) with La Femme Nikita. So while Luc Besson was off making a bloated, sci-fi epic, Byung-gil Jung (Confession of Murder) was reworking the flick that put him on the map in the first place.
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First Trailer for Korean Action Film 'The Villainess' Starring Ok-bin Kim

"Let me show you what you made me into." Well Go USA has released the first official trailer for an action film from Korea titled The Villainess, which premiered out-of-competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. I heard some rave reviews of this and I definitely want to check it out. Ok-bin Kim stars as Sook-hee, a trained assassin who tries to become a stage actress after giving 10 years of service as an assassin. But her dark past comes creeping back and she must take things into her own hands to finish her work and be free once and for all. The full cast includes Eun-ji Jo, Seo-hyung Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, and Jun Sung. One review from Cannes says that its "dynamically staged, blood-drenched action sequences are a highlight." Based on all the buzz and footage from this trailer, I'm very excited to see this film. Take a look.
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Fantasia Review: ‘The Villainess’ is a Visceral, Convoluted Quest for Vengeance

Writer/director Byung-gil Jung sure knows how to open an action flick. Think Oldboy‘s hallway scene from the first-person perspective of Hardcore Henry spilling over through a non-descript doorway into a wide-open setting for a one-on-twenty bloodbath a la Kill Bill‘s House of Blue Leaves sequence. Only when the orchestrator of this carnage is picked up and shoved headfirst into a mirror does the camera stumble backwards to show Sook-hee’s (Ok-bin Kim) bloodied face and grimace for more. It’s the type of over-the-top, out-of-control set piece most films work towards as a finale nobody will ever forget and we receive it as soon as the lights go down. A breathtaking jump through a window augmented by police sirens in the distance later and this party has only just begun.

If it wasn’t one-take, it was shot to look like it. You become so wrapped up
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The Villainess (2017) Movie Trailer: Ok-bin Kim is a Female John Wick

The Villainess Trailer Byung-gil Jung‘s The Villainess / Ak-Nyeo (2017) movie trailer stars Ok-bin Kim, Seo-hyung Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, and Jun Sung. The Villainess‘ plot synopsis: “Trained to be an assassin in Yanbian, China, from a very young age, Sook-hee has only ever known a life of killing. When South Korea’s Intelligence Agency captures her following [...]

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Review: ‘The Villainess’ Brims With Absorbing, Breathtaking Imagery

As a whistling tune seeps into what seems to pay homage to Oldboy’s corridor scene, with relentless bloodshed and ragged gasps, the opening sequence comes on too strong before viewers can get their bearings. The first 10 minutes of the film are shot in first-person point-of-view, which enables viewers to stay engaged and to be active participants rather than passive sponges.

Sook-hee (played by Kim Ok-bin) regains consciousness in what looks like a psychiatric ward. She storms out of it and wanders in a maze of passages whose doors introduce a different level of reality. Level-headed, Intelligence agency chief Kwon (Kim Seo-hyung) draws, then has Sook-hee sit with a sonogram and encourages her to be a sleeper agent for a decade, in exchange for freedom and a better life, with her child.

Sook-hee’s backstory of having witnessed, as a child, the brutal killing of her father, of extracting her
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New Stills from Korean Action Film ‘The Villainess’ Featuring Kim Ok-bin (Thirst, 2009)

Director: Jung Byung-gil (Confession of Murder, 2012)

Distributor: Next Entertainment World

Cast: Kim Ok-bin (Thirst), Shin Ha-kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), Sung Joon, Kim Seo-hyung

Plot:

Sook-hee, a trained assassin, takes revenge on the men who murdered her husband. After losing consciousness, she awakes at the National Intelligence Service. The Nis wants her to undertake confidential missions, but Sook-hee initially refuses. However, Sook-hee decides to accept her new identity as Yeon-soo in order to stay alive. Under her new identity, she meets Hyun-soo, and they dream of starting a family. However, on the day of their wedding, she is assigned a new mission that changes everything.

The Villainess, due out in June, will make its premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, which takes place May 17–28.

Sources: Next Entertainment World, Cine21
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‘Pluto’ Blu-ray Review (Third Window Films)

Stars: Da-wit Lee, Jun Sung, Kim Kkobbi | Written and Directed by Su-won Shin

Su-won Shin (Reinbou) writes and directs Pluto, a film about social expectation and obsession in the form of a dark thriller which twists and turns through a series of flashback sequences intermingled with our main story, a style that works brilliantly with a pace that all comes to a tense conclusion.

The image of how far a certain group of teenage high school students are willing to go to in order to guarantee themselves a place in an illustrious university is looked at through the eyes of Kim June (Da-wit Lee), a transfer student who, after receiving devastating results in his first set of exams, discovers a secret sect of students who share notebooks which contain incredibly important information that allow them to pass exams with ease. In order for him to join the group, they set
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'Let It Go' 24 Ways: The Complete Guide to Frozen's Internet Domination

'Let It Go' 24 Ways: The Complete Guide to Frozen's Internet Domination
Frozen's hit song is called "Let It Go," but this catchy tune isn't going anywhere. Between Frozen's box-office success and the deluge of frigid weather, "Let It Go" has become the anthem of the season. This perfect storm reached a new peak with the ballad's Academy Award win for Best Original Song, making writer Robert Lopez the youngest Egot ever. Related: Watch the Oscars Performance of 'Let It Go'Throughout it all, fans have fed "Let It Go" fever by churning out their own versions of Idina Menzel's (or is it Adele Dazim's?) ode to self-empowerment. Batman villains,
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The Best "Let It Go" Covers

Help Me!!!

I've fallen in a YouTube hole of "Let it Go" covers. And really, I have so many more important things to do and articles to write and encroaching deadlines. There are a lot of terrible off-pitch covers all over YouTube though "The Worst" of the covers is obviously Demi Lovato's. Many covers are kind of good but i'm not quite sure about them and there's even a drag version or two one with very hit and miss jokes (but the "the fears that once controlled me" bit in Dixie Lynn Cartwright's is priceless)

But these three I find impressive.

Elizabeth Saw with just the piano and played by ear... which is so cool because it's not exact but the flourishes feel right

Jun Sung Angh with just a violin

And the best vocals I've heard apart from Idina...

Sonnet Son - no mic, editing, no autotuning but
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