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The Thieves -- A crew of thieves head to Macau in order to let things cool down after their latest job, where Popeye, the leader, encounters his old partner, who escaped with a haul of gold from their last job together years ago.http://www.imdb.com/video/director/edit?vi=vi68330521

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Director:
Writers:
Dong-Hoon Choi (screenplay) &
Gi-cheol Lee (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 July 2012 (South Korea) See more »
Genre:
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All for the money. One for the revenge. Every man for himself.
Plot:
In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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A curious mix of charisma and danger, date The Thieves only if you can forgive its fundamental flaws and flirt with amusement and exhilaration See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Yun-seok Kim ... Macao Park

Jung-Jae Lee ... Popie
Hye-su Kim ... Pepsee (as Kim Hye-soo)

Gianna Jun ... Yenicall

Simon Yam ... Chen
Hae-suk Kim ... Chewingum (as Kim Hae-sook)
Dal-su Oh ... Andrew (as Oh Dal-soo)
Soo Hyun Kim ... Zampano
Kwok Cheung Tsang ... Jonny (as Derek Tsang)
Jin-mo Ju ... Detective (as Joo Jin-mo)
Guk-Seo Ki ... Wei Hong
Duek-mun Choi ... Casino Manager (as Choi Duk-moon)
Gook-hee Chae ... Madame (as Chae Kuk-hee)
Soo-jeong Ye ... Tiffany (as Ye Su-jeong)

Angelica Lee ... Julie (as Lee Sinje)
Ha-kyun Shin ... Director of Art Gallery

Kang-woo Kim
Jin-ho Choi ... One-eyed Man
Byeong-wook Son ... Yeong-sik
Young-ju Seo ... Young Macao Park
Geon-woo Ji ... Suit 1
Mun-cheol Kwon ... Suit 2
Tae-kyeong Park
Jun-nyeong Jang
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hing-Hong Chan ... Boat Owner
Vincent Chi ... Police Patrolman 4
Icy Hui ... Cafe Woman
Ling Yuen Lam ... Casino Guard 2
Myung-Hun Lee ... Casino Guard 1
Brian Li ... Car Rental Staff
Oscar Li ... Police Patrolman 2
Man-Wai Luk ... Police Patrolman 3
So Wai Nam
Cake Wong ... Jeweler Woman
Chui-Yee Wong (as Tweety Wong)

Directed by
Dong-Hoon Choi 
 
Writing credits
Dong-Hoon Choi (screenplay) &
Gi-cheol Lee (screenplay)

Produced by
Soo-hyun Ahn .... producer
Chen On Chu .... line producer: Hong Kong and Macau
Jeong-hun You .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dalparan 
Yeong-gyu Jang 
 
Cinematography by
Yeong-hwan Choi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Min-kyung Shin 
 
Production Design by
Ha-jun Lee 
 
Costume Design by
Se-yeon Choi 
 
Makeup Department
Seo-young Kim .... makeup department head
Tae-young Kwak .... special makeup effects artist
Hee Eun Lee .... lead prosthetic makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pou Ian Ao .... production manager: Macau
Shing Hung Chan .... unit manager: Hong Kong (as Andy Chan)
Connie Cheung .... assistant production manager: Hong Kong
Wendy Wong .... production manager: Hong Kong and Macau
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim-Ching Luk .... first assistant director: Hong Kong and Macau (as Sunny Luk)
 
Art Department
Chi Hang Ho .... art director: Hong Kong
Chun Wah Hui .... construction coordinator: Hong Kong
Chun Wah Hui .... props: Hong Kong
Suki Lui .... assistant art director: Hong Kong
Kloud Wan .... assistant art director: Hong Kong
 
Sound Department
Hee-soo Eun .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Do-ahn Jung .... special effects
Kyung-soo Park .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Doo Sup Jung .... visual effects
Kiyoung Jung .... pipeline technical director
Ko Eun Koni Jung .... visual effects coordinator
Sang Hyun Jung .... digital compositor (2012)
Ju-won Lee .... visual effects supervisor
Il Hwan Na .... matte painting supervisor
Min Jung Shin .... digital compositor
Momo Yang .... layout supervisor
Daehwan Jang .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Seung-gu Gwon .... stunts
Kwi-deok Kwon .... stunts
Ji-oh Seo .... stunts
Sang-seob Yoo .... action choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Seong-gwan Kim .... lighting technician
Chun-Shing Lam .... best boy electrician: Hong Kong and Macau unit
Chun-Wan Lam .... gaffer: Hong Kong and Macau unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kitty Chau .... stylist: Hong Kong
Kitty Chau .... wardrobe supervisor: Hong Kong
 
Other crew
Eddie Ho .... weapons master
Frank Kim .... translator
Su Hyun Kim .... script supervisor
Feyon Li .... production coordinator: Hong Kong
Yuk-sing Lo .... on-set production assistant: Hong Kong
Kam-Fu Mak .... production assistant: Macau
Paul Seto .... weapons technician
Matthew Tai .... assistant location manager: Hong Kong
Maurice Vy .... key production assistant: Hong Kong
Kwok Sing Wong .... on-set production assistant: Hong Kong
Chi Wai Yan .... location manager: Hong Kong
Chung-yiu Yeung .... on-set production assistant: Hong Kong
Ka Ho Yuen .... on-set production assistant: Hong Kong
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dodookdeul" - South Korea (original title)
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Runtime:
135 min
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13 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A curious mix of charisma and danger, date The Thieves only if you can forgive its fundamental flaws and flirt with amusement and exhilaration, 18 September 2012
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

The purported selling point here is so lazy and easy it's slutty: the most anticipated star-studded action blockbuster 2012! Unless The Thieves intends to pay homage to The Avengers, this year's only rightful owner to that headline, we can't verify the credibility of that audacious claim. Granted, the movie's A-list ensemble of the most bankable stars from around the region places it in a perfect position to sell itself to the usual fandom, but I'm usually sceptical of such an approach to filmmaking. The good news? The Thieves is everything it pledges to be in marketing and message – epic, smart, funny and well- shot. The bad news? It's not quite everything it needs to be.

Hardened robber Macao Park wants to steal a $20 million diamond from a casino in Macau. In order to pull off the perfect heist, he enlists the services of Korean and Chinese thieves. What looks to be a smooth heist suddenly shatters into a botched job as each thief begins to reveal their true motives and lots of betrayals and grudges surface before any thief can get to the diamond. The real winner here is Macao Park, who has deliberately assembled this double-crossing team of thieves so that he can escape with the diamond. Unfortunately, trouble catches up to him before he can safely pocket the prize. Each thief must now fight to survive and find the diamond before time runs out.

Let's face it: this is the sort of heist movie that can only look good with a greedy scale, even if it's with one that's only initially superficial. Director Choi Dong-hoon doesn't scrimp here, getting stars from Korea, Hong Kong and Malaysia and wrangling with a multilingual dialogue that speaks Korean, Mandarin, Japanese and English. It makes for an amusing preamble that sees our group of thieves engage in almost endless banter, effectively using the barriers of language to allow one party to criticize the other without the other actually realising it. The thieves eventually manage to pull their thinking caps together, navigating through the complex security at the casino with an equally cartoonish verve. So far, so good, right?

That question is important because the movie totally loses control once it hits the second half. I'll admit upfront that the movie is very smart – or at least its multitude of subplots is. But the fundamental problem with The Thieves is that it has well over a dozen major characters competing for screen time. I can't stress enough how a burgeoning character count is to the detriment of a movie's quality. With so many personal agendas / betrayals / grudges on offer, The Thieves struggles to tie all its subplots into a concise, clear and easily comprehensible script, instead allowing them to dart uncontrollably in all directions. It's incredibly labourious to keep track of who's doing what or even which diamond is real. Above all else, The Thieves would have worked better as a TV serial; condensed into movie length, it wears out any form of sanity too quickly.

That's not to say The Thieves isn't without any more charms. The movie is a stacked deck of balletically choreographed action scenes that become increasingly daring, and we dare say reckless, as it progresses. Characters are allowed to fight in places that don't traditionally grace the screen for action scenes, including an elevator shaft and the surface of a building. There's an action scene which, in the perfect storm of horrible coincidence, is virtually the same as Tom Cruise's vertiginous adventure on the surface of Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower in last year's Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The only thing that's better than this action segment is the relentless pace at which the movie pumps out gunfire.

Watching The Thieves is like flirting with James Bond. You get a curious mix of charisma and danger, and you don't know whether you should stay or leave: the charisma is appealing, but the danger is off-putting. The Thieves is far from perfection, but if you're willing to overlook the messy second half and indulge in the amusement and exhilaration of the package, then this so-called most anticipated star-studded action blockbuster 2012 is worth a visit to the cinema.

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