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13 February 1999 (South Korea) See more »
North and South Korean superspys battle and fall in love. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Best of Korean Cinema #6 – Kang Je-Kyu
 (From SoundOnSight. 2 December 2012, 11:06 AM, PST)

Korea boxoffice remains solid
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 29 October 2002)

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Surprisingly good movie. Worth watching. See more (91 total) »


  (in credits order)

Suk-kyu Han ... Jong Won Yu

Min-sik Choi ... Mu-young Park

Yunjin Kim ... Myung-hyun Lee / Bang-hee Lee (as Yoon-jin Kim)

Kang-ho Song ... Jang-gil Lee
Johnny Kim ... Dae-Ho Jung (as Derek Kim)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeong-min Hwang
Hyeong-seong Jang
Su-ro Kim
Seung-Shin Lee
Yong-woo Park ... Sik

Directed by
Je-kyu Kang  (as Je-gyu Kang)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Je-kyu Kang  writer (as Je-gyu Kang)

Produced by
Moo-Rim Byun .... producer
Kwan-hak Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Dong-jun Lee 
Cinematography by
Sung-Bok Kim 
Film Editing by
Gok-ji Park 
Sound Department
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Thanos Kazakos .... adr recordist
Doo-hong Jung .... stunt coordinator
Editorial Department
Na-young Nam .... negative editor
Music Department
Sang-joon Hwang .... music department
Other crew
Johnny Kim .... advisor (as Derek Kim)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shiri" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title), Hong Kong (English title)
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Rated R for strong violence and some language
125 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Choi Min-sik (actor Mu-young Park) keeps using the term "Nam Han" (which translates to 'South Korea') instead of the term "Nam Chosun" (which translates to 'South Chosun' - a term used by North Koreans)See more »
Movie Connections:
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good movie. Worth watching., 10 June 2002
Author: muckiduck from California, USA

I found this movie at Blockbusters in the DVD section. Although I am of Korean background, I have not heard of this movie prior to finding it at Blockbusters. I rented it out of curiosity... the short description on the jacket seemed interesting enough. I only found out after watching the movie that it was such a big hit in Korea a few years ago. Watching the movie, it reminded me of "The Rock", "La Femme Nikita/Point of No Return", and "Heat".. All these were previously mentioned in other comments, and I agree that some of the scenes in Swiri (or Shiri) weren't very original in that regard. Still, the quality of the movie was surprisingly excellent. I also agree a lot of the action sequences in this movie weren't perfect, but then again, so are some of Hollywood's action movies. Some of the special effects were below par as well (the scene where a building blows up wasn't too convincing). Still, I've seen other Korean movies and I must say that Korean films have come a long way.. cinematography, plot, characterization were all done really well. I watched it twice.. once in Korean audio without subtitles, and again with English subtitles. The subtitles, although done very well, does leave out some of the subtleties. I'd say it is a difficult thing, translating dialog without losing something somewhere. Still the acting does fill in the blanks quite well I thought. I thought the acting was excellent.. Knowing a bit about the North/South Korean history would help understand the movie. Also knowing a bit about South Korean perception of the North Korea would also help understand the movie better as well. I thought that the love story in the movie, although it is a type that is very very often used (the tragic type) especially in Korean films, worked well. I thought it was far more convincing than the love between Anakin and Amidala in SW2 AOTC.

Overall, Swiri/Shiri isn't perfect. It isn't without holes. It doesn't compare to Heat (an excellent film). But unlike some of other "Hollywood" movies, that Blockbusters had many more copies of (Black Knight, Joy Ride, Thirteen Ghosts), I was glad to have paid $4.09 to rent it for 5 days. That reminds me. I'd better return my copy since they only had copy. If you can find a copy at your local Blockbusters or a DVD/Video rental place, rent it.

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