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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:

$29,156, 10 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$97,152, 24 March 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

For the hijack of the CTX, the hijackers are waiting for the truck as it emerges from a tunnel. This tunnel is there in shots from the ground, but the shots from the helicopter before it lands were clearly filmed elsewhere, as there is no tunnel in sight behind the hijacked truck. 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

Spoofed in Fun Movie (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Mack the Knife
Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill with English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Lou Christie
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User Reviews

Big surprise!
3 August 2002 | by TexRogersSee all my reviews

When I first saw that movie I didn't know anything about the korean movie industry and I was in for a big surprise! "Wow, they can make big budget action movies in other countries besides the US!" Was one of the first thoughts that came to my mind. The beginning with training the north korean spies was very "fascinating" to watch. I have seldomly seen such gory scenes that left the impression of "hell, they are mean" despite the usual: "cool, that blood spilling is really funny". I admit that I only understand very little korean and I saw that one without subtitles and the whole story was translated to me while watching. Still I thought it was a superb action movie with great actors. I can only recommend it to anyone who would like to see a non comic and also Asian action film for a change. It's really worth it!


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