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The Villainess (2017)

Aknyeo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 8 June 2017 (South Korea)
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A female assassin leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks revenge.


Byung-gil Jung
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5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Ok-bin Kim ... Sook-hee
Ha-kyun Shin ... Joong-sang
Jun Sung ... Hyun-soo
Seo-hyeong Kim ... Chief Kwon
Eun-ji Jo Eun-ji Jo ... Kim Seon
Ye-Ji Min Ye-Ji Min ... Sook-hee (young)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hae-Kyun Jung Hae-Kyun Jung ... Jang-Chun
Yun-Woo Kim Yun-Woo Kim ... Eun-Hye
Seung-Joo Lee Seung-Joo Lee ... Choon-Mo
Cheol-min Park ... Sook-Hee's father
Min-Ji Son Min-Ji Son ... Min-Joo


Sook-hee is a trained assassin who was born to kill. She was just a little girl when the training started in Yanbian, China. After the death of her mentor, when the chance of starting a new life was given to her, she came to South Korea as a government agent. They promised her that she will be free after ten years of service. So she begins her new life as a theatre actress. But soon two men Joong-sang and Hyun-soo appear in her new life. And she started to find deep dark secrets about her past. Eventually she take matters into her own hands. Written by Niaz Islam Arif

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An Endless Vengeance Begins.


Action | Drama


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South Korea



Release Date:

8 June 2017 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Villainess See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$27,741, 26 October 2017
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Received a four minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival. See more »


The couple - of modest means - are in a restaurant drinking a bottle of Châteaux Margaux. See more »


Sook-hee: Let me show you what you've made me into.
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References La Femme Nikita (1990) See more »


Variations on a Rococo Theme
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Confused villainy

You can't say these out there Asian action flicks, are boring, cause they're not. They're the last thing from it. Starting with the bloodiest opening to end all bloody openings, we're virtually bombarded with carnage, where one woman taking out a sea of bad arses (swordsmen) in a hallway, slicing and dicing her way through em' with dizzying camera angles. We get to the next room, it starts up again (that first bare, slightly chubby chested guy, I can't get out of my mind) where the kill count increases. We've seen so much, bloodshed, already, this makes Kill Bill look small time, filling more buckets of hemoglobin, it would make even Tarantino, a jealous party. From this, a beautiful if relieved transition ensues, as we realize there's a real exciting story at play here, where a lot of it, borrows for Le Femme Nikita, or The Assassin, that 93 Bridget Fonda pic. Unfortunately it's a too muddled tale, or very messily organized back and fro structure, of a young gifted sword fighter and assassin used by an obviously corrupt organization to do their dirty work. Her problems are only extenuated with the arrival of a child which threatens her future and goodwill for both. Storywise, I thought the story would of lived up to the title, where the woman was a real evil character, but she isn't an evil person, where the title was kind of misleading. We are taken back to earlier times, where sporting the short hairdo, we see that may'be she was, or as she says, to a much hated figure, later, "You made me like this". by them (her masters). There was just such a messy approach to the back and fro structure, it was bloody annoying, where even Einstein would have trouble piecing it one hundred percent together, one head wracking experience for a layman. It's a pity as The Villainess, really could of been something, and speaking of The Assassin, earlier, one bathroom scene here, is horribly familiar, where I bet your bottom dollar, the writer here, saw that movie. But push that aside, The Villainess is still an excitingly explosive action pic, and surefire entertaining night at the movies. The film has some good acting, and the action scenes, especially the motorbike chase scene, are spectacularly staged, and I don't want to know how they went about that one. It just really suffers on the account of it's uneven and muddled telling and approach to story.

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