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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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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)
Soo-Ro Kim Soo-Ro Kim ... (as 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

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No clues. No leads. No time.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Swiri was the first Hollywood-style big-budget blockbuster to be produced in the "new" Korean film industry. This was due to South Korea's major economic boom that occurred in late 90's. See more »

Goofs

The CTX convoy is shown driving to the right, including throughout the tunnel just before the ambush, but then it suddenly switches to the left side of the stripe when stopping at the checkpoint. See more »

Alternate Versions

One scene was removed by the director from the 2 disc Korean special edition DVD: whilst running away with Hee, Park murders a Police Officer by spike through the heart. This cut was made because the murder did not make any sense during the scene before and immediately after. It is included in the deleted scenes section on the second disc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Dream
Written by 'Sandy Mason Theortet'
Performed by Carol Kidd
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User Reviews

Okay, but nothing close to "genius"
2 December 2001 | by yojimbo999See all my reviews

This is certainly an okay action movie. But after reading all the reviews using every hyperbole in the dictionary to call this movie "great" and "genius," I just have to put in my 2 cents.

"Shiri" is a good action movie, but some of the action scenes are just too long and seems to go on and on forever without ending. The movie itself is covered end to end in cliches. There's nothing here that hasn't been done before, and been done better. The love story was probably the only decent thing in the entire movie. After all, how many times do you have to see guys in commando uniforms storming buildings or pursuing criminals? I counted at least 6 separate SWAT-like incidents in this movie.

In interviews, the director claimed "Shiri" was supposed to overthrow Hollywood's dominance in the South Korean market. If by "overthrowing" he means to copy and be just like them, then he's achieved his purpose.

So, in summation: good movie, but definitely not as ground-breaking as everyone seems to think. How can you possibly call this movie "better" than a standard Hollywood summer event film when it's an exact duplicate of those same summer event films? It doesn't make sense, and I question if those who gives this movie such a glowing review isn't doing it because of some bias towards all things Hollywood. For those of you who fits in this category, just remember that "Citizen Kane" and "the Godfather" came out of Hollywood, too, so get off your high horse.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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