MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 489 this week

Swiri (1999)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 6,326 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 90 user | 64 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

North and South Korean superspys battle and fall in love.

Director:

(as Je-gyu Kang)

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 29 Jan 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 27 Dec 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 02 Apr 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Swiri (1999)

Swiri (1999) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Swiri.
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Eraser (1996)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An avenging cop seeks out his brother's killer and falls for the daughter of a businessman who is involved in a money-deal with his father.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stars: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington
Blood Work (2002)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart
Spartan (2004)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

Director: David Mamet
Stars: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy
Backdraft (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two Chicago firefighter brothers who don't get along have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro
Unleashed (2005)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.

Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Jet Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear. Detective Park Doo-Man and Detective Cho... See full summary »

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim
Four Brothers (2005)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Four brothers look to avenge their mother's death.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Suk-kyu Han ...
Jong Won Yu
...
Mu-young Park
...
Myung-hyun Lee / Bang-hee Lee (as Yoon-jin Kim)
...
Jang-gil Lee
Johnny Kim ...
Dae-Ho Jung (as Derek Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hyeong-seong Jang
Su-ro Kim
Seung-Shin Lee
Yong-woo Park ...
Sik
Edit

Storyline

North Korea's 8th Special Forces hijacks a shipment of CTX, a potent new liquid explosive, and threatens South Korea as part of a plot to re-unify the two countries. Ryu and Lee, special agents of O.P.--South Korea's secret intelligence service--attempt to track down the terrorists and find the CTX. Meanwhile Hee, the 8th's ultra-bad female sniper, resurfaces to wreak havoc and haunt Ryu. Written by Curtis G

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 February 1999 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Swiri  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,156 (USA) (8 February 2002)

Gross:

$97,152 (USA) (22 March 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

German film fans were astonished when this film passed the ratings board FSK (known for its extensive dislike of excessive violence) uncut with a "Not under 16" rating. It was expected that the film would not get a rating at all and had to go for a JK approval from SPIO (Head organization of German film business). See more »

Goofs

For the hijack of the CTX, the hijackers are waiting for the truck as it emerges from a tunnel. This tunnel is there in shots from the ground, but the shots from the helicopter before it lands were clearly filmed elsewhere, as there is no tunnel in sight behind the hijacked truck. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Iris (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Always You
Performed by Jennifer Paige
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Some plot holes but generally a really good thriller
18 May 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Against the background of political tensions between north and south Korea, an elite group of soldiers (the 8th Special Forces) infiltrate the South with the aim of carrying out terrorist attacks. Most worrying of all is the reappearance of deadly assassin Hee in South Korea. Special agents Ryu and Lee are assigned to bring down Hee, however when the group get hold of a hi-tech new explosive they hold Seoul to ransom for $10million. Meanwhile Ryu and Lee realise that there is a mole inside their agency that keeps Hee one step ahead of them.

Other reviewers have said that this film is a good addition to the `heroic bloodshed' genre of Hong Kong cinema, with it's gory bloodshed and bullet ballets. However I personally feel that this is to do the film a disservice – the film doesn't just lift that style but rather delivers a solid thriller story line with plenty of well directed action. The plot is a detective story with the added boost of the terrorist attacks. It has a couple of nice twists along the way that work pretty well. The downside is that the plot occasionally makes minor jumps that are hard to follow, for example an action scene is immediately followed by a scene where the same characters are in a different situation, this happens twice and threw me a little. But these are minor problems. The political arguments are not too complex – one reviewed said to go and read up on Korean history before seeing Shiri, this is far from necessary. It is quite simple but doesn't get in the way of the bigger thriller story line.

The action is not of the slow-mo OTT type seen in The Killer or Hard Boiled but is more like the extended gun battles seen in Heat. Yes, they are a bit OTT but they aren't as heavily stylised as in many HK movies. Instead the tension comes from the excellent direction. Using a handheld camera really makes the gun battles feel intense and very close to where you're sitting. The action does have some HK clichés but these are still well delivered.

The cast are all well Han Suk-Kyu (Ryu) does well with the action as well as the romance subplot with Kim Yoon-jin. The rest of the cast are good – even the comedy odd-ball is good value, compared to the occasional Hollywood comedy character that can be grating.

I haven't seen too many Korean films but this was a particularly good thriller with intense action. Overall I enjoyed this film and fully expect America to pick up on the fact that it has action AND a workable story and commission a remake pretty soon. Wouldn't you rather see the original first?


14 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Terribly Underrated?!?!?! c-streuli
Wrong imdb title bastian002-1
i hate shaky-cam imdb-4267
I liked the music roger-borjesson
Western DVD and Tape Case ZeiramGT
bad shots? winokur89
Discuss Swiri (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?