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The Thieves (2012)

Dodookdeul (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 25 July 2012 (South Korea)
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In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner ... See full summary »


(as Choi Dong Hoon)


(screenplay) (as Choi Dong Hoon), (screenplay) (as Lee Ki Cheol)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Macao Park (as Kim Yunseok)
Popie (as Lee Jungjae)
Pepsee (as Kim Hyesoo)
Yenicall (as Gianna Jun)
Chewingum (as Kim Haesook)
Andrew (as Oh Dalsoo)
Zampano (as Kim Soohyun)
Kwok Cheung Tsang ...
Jonny (as Derek Tsang)
Jin-mo Joo ...
Chief Detective (as Joo Jinmo)
Guk-seo Ki ...
Wei Hong (as Kee Kookseo)
Duk-moon Choi ...
Casino Manager (as Choi Duckmoon)
Gook-hee Chae ...
Madame (as Chae Kukhee)
Soo-jung Ye ...
Tiffany (as Ye Sujeong)
Julie (as Lee Sinje)


In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner Macau Park, who escaped with 68kg of gold several years ago on their last job together. Macau Park brought Chinese thieves as well but little did they know what Macau Park planned for each one of them. His plan takes an unexpected turn when Popeye brings Pepsi, a genius safe-cracker and old flame of Macau Park, to settle the old score. The thieves' target is a $20 million diamond known as 'Tear of the Sun', kept safely away in a casino, brought there to be sold by a notorious Chinese fence. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves. But who will succeed and live to see another day? Written by wikipedia

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All for the money. One for the revenge. Every man for himself.


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Release Date:

25 July 2012 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

The Thieves  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$136,993, 12 October 2012, Limited Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jung Jae Lee and Gianna Jun starred together as the leads in Il Mare (2000), later remade into the Hollywood movie Lake House. See more »


Referenced in Rupan sansei (2014) See more »

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Ocean's Eleven meets Mission Impossible in this highly entertaining caper
29 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best Korean movies I've ever seen. I wasn't surprised to find out it was one of the highest grossing films at the Korean box office - this Korean/Chinese production is an international blockbuster designed for mass, global appeal. The Thieves is a heist action comedy about two teams of professional thieves teaming up for a heist with a surefire success rate, but only if each team members could avoid their personal agendas getting in the way ... and that's all you need to know about the film.

The movie's biggest success is that it proves that you can have an ensemble cast with no less than 10 principal characters and still make each one of them unique and memorable. By the end of the movie, I know each character's personality, motivation and quirks. To top it off, it has an intelligent script with lots of twists and turns, always keeping you guessing. Oh, and the set-pieces! The final action scene is one of the most entertaining set-pieces I've ever seen, involving complex choreography, wire-work and amazing stunts.

So yeah, do whatever you can to see it, you owe that to yourself as this is the kind of movie that Hollywood should be making and isn't. Director Choi Dong-Hoon crafts this masterful heist action comedy with such an assured hand that keeps you entertained and engaged throughout. Also, actress Jun Ji-Hyun (My Sassy Girl, My Love From The Star), is drop-dead gorgeous and absolutely magnetic on screen. She steals almost every scene she's in, and is worth the price of admission alone.

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