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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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Jong Won Yu
... Mu-young Park
... Myung-hyun Lee / Bang-hee Lee (as Yoon-jin Kim)
... Jang-gil Lee
Johnny Kim ... Dae-Ho Jung (as Derek Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... (as Jeong-min Hwang)
Hyo-Seon Jang
Hyun-Sung Jang ... (as Hyeong-seong Jang)
Su-ro Kim
... (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Yong-woo Park ... Sik
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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

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

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Release Date:

13 February 1999 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Shiri  »

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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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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 »


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Mack the Knife
Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill with English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Lou Christie
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Man, This Movie Didn't Even TRY...
8 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this movie after a friend of my, who had purchased Failan, decided that he wanted to go and check out this movie, which he'd also heard about. Well, I didn't watch Failan (hey, just what I need on a Friday night...a depressing movie, woo hoo!) but if this is any indication of the best Korea's film industry can offer, I'll pass.

I was surprised to see this movie in one of the "non-art" movie theaters in the area, and watching it, I know why. This isn't artsy, this has about as much art in it as Terminator 2. There is just so, so much utterly bad action in the movie, it's not even funny. I've seen more accurate gunfire in a Jackie Chan movie.

Here's just one example of what the film had to offer. Three N.K. agents come in to take out an informant. They can see the informant from where they are, but choose to walk up on them, so they can all be engaged in a gun standoff. But it gets better! There are S.K. agents with automatic weapons in perfect perches waiting to shoot. And they do, but they can't hit ANYTHING!

After the fourth or fifth time this happens, you just ignore the movie. If Korea wanted to imitate an American movie to make a blockbuster out of, they really should have picked something better than an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. If you're into this, you'll really love Fox's "World's Greatest Explosions Where Nobody Gets Hurt."


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