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The Thieves (2012) More at IMDbPro »Dodookdeul (original title)

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The Thieves -- It's the score of their lives - if they can pull it off. Five thieves at the top of their game stake out a casino holding a $20M diamond. But between the vault, the cops, and each other, who will walk away with the score of all time?
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.


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Dong-hoon Choi (screenplay) &
Gi-cheol Lee (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 July 2012 (South Korea) See more »
All for the money. One for the revenge. Every man for himself.
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 »
4 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Ocean's Eleven meets From Vegas To Macau meets Ronin meets The Italian Job: A Highly Intelligent, Sultry, Dazzling and Engaging Thriller See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Yun-seok Kim ... Macao Park

Jung-jae Lee ... Popie (as Jung-Jae Lee)

Hye-su Kim ... Pepsee (as Kim Hye-soo)

Ji-hyun Jun ... Yenicall (as Gianna Jun)

Simon Yam ... Chen

Hae-suk Kim ... Chewingum (as Kim Hae-sook)
Dal-su Oh ... Andrew (as Oh Dal-soo)
Soo-Hyun Kim ... Zampano (as Soo Hyun Kim)
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
Jung Moon-Goo .... producer
Jeong-hun You .... executive producer
Original Music by
Yeong-gyu Jang 
Cinematography by
Yeong-hwan Choi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Min-kyeong 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)
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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135 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Ocean's Eleven meets From Vegas To Macau meets Ronin meets The Italian Job: A Highly Intelligent, Sultry, Dazzling and Engaging Thriller, 4 April 2015
Author: Derek Childs (totalovrdose) from Melbourne, Victoria

There are many aspects of this film that distinctly separates it from others. For one, the characterization - it's superb. Over time, through development and flashback, the characters become significantly fleshed out, and though the audience may initially appreciate a character at the beginning of the narrative, by the end, it might be an entirely different story, our loyalties continuously shifting, as do those of the individuals on screen.

Secondly, the stunts: the fact the feature isn't filled with continuous action sequences allows us to appreciate them so much more. They are brilliantly executed, highly exhilarating, and occasionally, even with suspension of disbelief applied, beyond fathomable. Thirdly, the script - characters are witty, sassy and subtly cutthroat. Never is the script reduced to slapstick or cliché one-liners, the well executed humor at the hands of the talented actors being as fresh and fluid as one could ever hope to witness.

Fourthly, the suspense. Alongside some of the hectic stunts, the film offers nail-biting entertainment as loyalties are tested and plans abseil out of control, to the extent, the question isn't so much 'who will walk away with the prize?' as it is, 'whose going to come out of this alive?' Fifthly, the music - it's rarely too serious or too laid back, immersing the viewer into the experience. Sixth, the visuals - their gorgeous. Macau and Hong Kong vibrantly come to life in a mixture of dazzling bright colors, supported by brilliant framing and directing that is truly captivating. In this sense, the feature isn't just an entertaining thrill ride - it's a gorgeous vacation - with guns, and thieves, and gold.

Yenicall (Gianna Jun, who is especially outstanding in this film) is a superbly athletic thief, working alongside a crew consisting of Chewingum (Kim Hae-Sook) and Zampano (Kim Soo-Hyun), the leader of their outfit, Popie (Lee Jung-Jae), finding them a job working with an old partner of his, Macao Park (Kim Yun-Seok), who he detests for reasons that are explained over the course of the feature.

Trust is a luxury that is unaffordable, and even less so when the South Korean team travel to Hong Kong to meet an equally talented group of Chinese thieves they will be working with over the duration of the job: to steal the Tear of the Sun, a prized diamond that can be sold for 20 million. Leading the Chinese team is Chen (Simon Yam), alongside Andrew (Oh Dal-Su), Johnny (Kwok Cheung Tsang) and Julie (Angelica Lee). The character who is most shocked of all however is Macao, to discover that Popie has brought with him an undisclosed thief, recently released from prison: Pepsee (Kim Hye-Soo), whose loathing of Macao's character, alongside her love for him, is explored throughout the film.

Though there are more men participating in the film than women, the story fantastically allows the women to continuously be at the forefront of the plot, each of them with sizable, engaging roles that occasionally overshadow their male counterparts. With each of the thieves having agendas of their own, and with nothing been too sacred, or too illegal to try, the ever continuous suspense constantly submerges the audience as they try to figure out who will experience, as Yenicall calls it, a 'happy ending.'

There's little else I can write to convince you, dear reader, to watch this particular film, except - you will be doing yourself a serious disservice by not doing so.

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