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A Company Man -- Death is all in a day's work for Hyeong-do, a corporate assassin. But when his new trainee is gunned down and he sees an opportunity to quit this cutthroat career, he learns that ambition is a killer, and "retirement" may come at a bloody price.
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11 October 2012 (South Korea) See more »
Fight Before Being Fired
Hyeong-Do (So Ji-Sub) is an assassin for a company that masquerades as a metal trading company. One day... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ji-seob So ... Ji Hyeong-do
Mi-yeon Lee ... Yu Mi-yeon
Do Won Kwak ... Gwon Jong-tae
Dong-jun Kim ... Ra Hun
Gook-hwan Jeon ... Chairman Jeon
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Ban Ji-hun
Bo-bae Han ... Ra Bo-seul
Eun-ah Jang ... Assistant Manager Seo Min-hui
Ha-bok Yu ... Director Jin Chae-guk
Jin-woo Park ... Detective Jo Myeong-deok
Seo-won Kim ... Detective Choo Min-woo
Dae-yong Jeong ... Chief
Hee-won Hong ... Assistant Manager Gu
Ju-hye Park ... Assistant Manager Choi
Na-mi Yu ... Miss Ahn
Kyung-yeun Hong ... Manager Yang
Chae-eun Lee ... Manager Park
Jeong-joo Seo ... Section Chief Oh
Jae-yoon Lee ... Sin Ip-nam
Su-ho Ha ... Sales Employee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Song Eun-ji ... Cafe Musician
Seok-jeong Hwang ... Cafe Owner
In-hwa Jeong ... Gwon Jong-tae's Wife
Jong-yeol Jeong ... Director Jang
Min-Hong Kim ... Cafe Musician
Sang-yoon Lim ... Doctor
Jae-moo Oh ... Young Hyeong-do

Directed by
Sang-yoon Lim 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sang-yoon Lim 

Produced by
Hyun-ju Oh .... producer
Jeong Yong-Wook .... producer
Jeong-hun You .... executive producer
Jeong-hun You .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Hyung-deok Lee 
Film Editing by
Na-young Nam 
Production Design by
Hyeon-Seok Choi 
Costume Design by
Na-hyung Kim 
Sound Department
Min-ho Jo .... sound
In-Kyu Lee .... sound
Special Effects by
Do-ahn Jung .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Dong-su Kim .... visual effects
Ee-jeong Hong .... stunts
Seung-won Kwak .... stunts
Geum-yong Lee .... stunts
Hak-ryeol Lee .... stunts
Jae-Min Shin .... action coordinator
Chang-soo Sin .... stunts

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • Ketalog  marketing and advertising

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hoi-sa-won" - South Korea (original title)
"The Killer" - USA (alternative title)
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96 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The film is the first work of actress Lee Mi-yeon since "Love Exposure" in the year 2007.See more »


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A Stylistic and Entertaining Dramatic Action Feature, Spoiled by Lacking Depth, 9 June 2015
Author: Derek Childs (totalovrdose) from Melbourne, Victoria

Ji Hyeong-Do (So Ji-Sub) works at what appears to be a regular company, however, this is just a convenient smoke-screen for the actual modus operandi: contract killing. Using this particular business as the backdrop for the illegal operations is uniquely entertaining, as much as it is thought provoking, while comparing the assassins to regular employees offers an interesting approach in depicting these methodically trained killers. Under the guise of company president Jeon (Jeon Kwak-Han), who truly appreciates Hyeong-Do's capabilities, and the unlikable, egotistical Kwon Jong-Tae (Kwak Do-won), who ironically appears to psychologically evaluate the staff, Hyeong-Do's career has admirably flourished, his impeccable record readying him for many promotions.

Despite this, we are able to witness Hyeong-Do outside of his employ, affiliating with retired assassin Ban Ji-Hoon (Lee Kyoung-Young), an old acquittance of his, who serves as a figure of guidance and support. Hyeong-Do is seen to be questioning his stay with the company, alongside harboring feelings of resentment and fatigue, Ji-Hoon being tactically used to put into words what Hyeong-Do cannot, revealing the life that those working for this particular organization are forced to endure.

After hiring an impressionable young man, Ra-Hoon (Kim Dong-Joon) to assist with the assassination of a target, Hyeong-Do is ordered to terminate all loose ends, but finds this particular assignment more difficult than previous experiences after forming an attachment with his temporary partner. Overcome by regret, he fulfills Ra-Hoon's wishes and meets his family: his sister, Bo-Seul (Han Bo-Bae), who is as spontaneous as she is disrespectful, and his mother, Yoo Mi-Yeon (Lee Mi-Yeon), a former one time pop idol, who Hyeong-Do has a past connection to, being not only appreciative, but inspired, by this beautiful woman and her family.

Over the course of the feature, Hyeong-Do appears legitimately introverted, experiencing difficulties in socialization and communicative practices, that are conveyed effectively through facial expression, an occasional inability to look others in the eye, and difficulty in finding appropriate words to accommodate a situation. Mi-Yeon on the other hand, although suffering the shame of never successfully completing her professional endeavors, is quite the opposite, being garrulous, sweet, compassionate and family oriented, always looking out for others, rather than attempting to secure her own happiness. Although these two characters have almost nothing in common, with the exception of a unanimous attraction, the film depicts them as not necessarily wanting to be in a relationship, as much as they need to be together, both individuals having the capacity to complete and compliment the other.

As Hyeong-Do's lacking dedication to the company becomes increasingly more noticeable, questions regarding his professionalism begin to plague those in command. As an inquisitive detective, Myung-Duk (Park Jin-Woo) begins to investigate the authenticity of the company's business, and his contact with Hyeong-Do is revealed, the once revered assassin discovers the company he has worked tirelessly for, have a strong desire to terminate his contract - permanently, putting not only himself, but those he cares about, at risk.

The action segments in the film are well executed, and despite the predictability that often accompanies their execution, the locations, that are not always stereotypical for action movies, offers entertaining backdrops to the genre. At the same time however, though South Korean action features have established themselves as frenetically enjoyable experiences, they are also renown for their melodramatic atmosphere. In the case of A Company Man, there were more than a couple of moments where the filmmakers had the opportunity to invest the audience more emotionally in the story, yet, these moments appear to be wasted, and for the most part, despite the interesting characters and appealing visuals, this film is one that will not invest its audience entirely into the plot.

Further characterization regarding Hyeong-Do's original motivations for becoming an assassin, alongside knowledge on Mi-Yeon's past life, would have been additionally advantageous. This aside however, A Company Man, despite its South Korean origins, is capable of reflecting the kind of action we have come to expect from American features, and with this in mind, will surely entertain its audience, though if a viewer is after something with further depth, perhaps they ought to order from another menu.

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