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Swiri (1999)

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North and South Korean superspys battle and fall in love.


(as Je-gyu Kang)


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Su-ro Kim
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(as Seung-Shin Lee)
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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 »


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User Reviews

13 May 2002 | by (Korea) – See all my reviews

This is not a romance, nor an action film. Despite the tragic love scenes and the overrated action scenes -- At the heart of this movie is a desperate cry for peace.

I don't know if the subtitles were flawed or the international audience just don't see the cultural implications, but the movie's final scene brought tears to my eyes. When I read the other comments, all I see is "Hollywood wannabe" and "overrated action scenes" pasted everywhere. Sure the movie dosen't have an incredible impact in its action scenes but the underlying themes and the awesome acting and chemistry between the main actors make this film a must-see.

If you enjoyed this movie, Also see: Joint Security Area, Friend, 2009 Lost Memories

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