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Swiri (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  13 February 1999 (South Korea)
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North and South Korean superspys battle and fall in love.


(as Je-gyu Kang)


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

13 February 1999 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Shiri  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$97,152 (USA) (22 March 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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Great action, very little else
24 October 2003 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

This film has some of the best opening sequences I've ever seen.

Really. I had very high hopes for the remainder of the film watching that sequence, but .. .. the film itself blows hot and cold - the action sequences are very well done, providing you suspend your disbelief or leave it outside the theatre altogether, while the rest of the story tends to plod along. I don't think I missed anything in the subtitles, but the identity of the assassin was a complete shock - but only because it was so unbelievable.

Those of you who suffer from motion sickness, beware - there's a lot of hand carried camera work in here that'll have you reaching for those empty popcorn bags. That goes for anybody sitting in the front 10 rows of the cinema too.

Overall though, this is an enjoyable enough film so long as you don't demand too much of the story line.

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