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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Directed by Byung-gil Jung.
Starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, and Seo-hyeong Kim.
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,
Directed by Byung-gil Jung.
Starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, Seo-hyeong Kim, Eun-ji Jo, and Ye-Ji Min.
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
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
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.
If it wasn’t one-take, it was shot to look like it. You become so wrapped up
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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
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Cast: Kim Ok-bin (Thirst), Shin Ha-kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), Sung Joon, Kim Seo-hyung
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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