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Shiri (1999)

Swiri (original title)
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South Korean agents Ryu and Lee are tracking a female assassin from North Korea who has mysteriously disappeared. With new killings and the theft of a deadly bomb, time is running out to catch her.

Director:

Je-kyu Kang (as Je-gyu Kang)

Writer:

Je-kyu Kang (as Je-gyu Kang)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Johnny Kim ... Dae-Ho Jung (as Derek Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jung-min Hwang ... (as Jeong-min Hwang)
Hyo-Seon Jang Hyo-Seon Jang
Hyun-Sung Jang Hyun-Sung Jang ... (as Hyeong-seong Jang)
Su-ro Kim Su-ro Kim
Seung-shin Lee ... (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Yong-woo Park Yong-woo Park ... Sik
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Storyline

North Korea's 8th Special Forces hijacks a shipment of CTX, a potent new liquid explosive, and threatens South Korea as part of a plot to re-unify the two countries. Ryu and Lee, special agents of O.P.--South Korea's secret intelligence service--attempt to track down the terrorists and find the CTX. Meanwhile Hee, the 8th's ultra-bad female sniper, resurfaces to wreak havoc and haunt Ryu. Written by Curtis G

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No clues. No leads. No time.

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

film.ru (Russia) | Imagine Pix

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

13 February 1999 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Shiri See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,187, 10 February 2002

Gross USA:

$98,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,892
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

For non-Korean versions, a text narrative is added at the beginning of the film, explaining the political climate between the two Koreas. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Iris (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Always You
Written by Andy Goldmark and J.D. Martin
Performed by Jennifer Paige
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User Reviews

Great action, very little else
24 October 2003 | by ottakySee all my reviews

This film has some of the best opening sequences I've ever seen.

Really. I had very high hopes for the remainder of the film watching that sequence, but .. .. the film itself blows hot and cold - the action sequences are very well done, providing you suspend your disbelief or leave it outside the theatre altogether, while the rest of the story tends to plod along. I don't think I missed anything in the subtitles, but the identity of the assassin was a complete shock - but only because it was so unbelievable.

Those of you who suffer from motion sickness, beware - there's a lot of hand carried camera work in here that'll have you reaching for those empty popcorn bags. That goes for anybody sitting in the front 10 rows of the cinema too.

Overall though, this is an enjoyable enough film so long as you don't demand too much of the story line.


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