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The Thieves (2012)

Dodookdeul (original title)
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In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner ... See full summary »

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Dong-hoon Choi (as Choi Dong Hoon)

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Dong-hoon Choi (screenplay) (as Choi Dong Hoon), Ki-cheol Lee (screenplay) (as Lee Ki Cheol) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoon-Seok Kim ... Macao Park (as Kim Yunseok)
Jung-jae Lee ... Popie (as Lee Jungjae)
Hye-su Kim ... Pepsee (as Kim Hyesoo)
Ji-hyun Jun ... Yenicall (as Gianna Jun)
Simon Yam ... Chen
Hae-sook Kim ... Chewingum (as Kim Haesook)
Dal-su Oh ... Andrew (as Oh Dalsoo)
Soo-Hyun Kim ... Zampano (as Kim Soohyun)
Kwok Cheung Tsang ... Jonny (as Derek Tsang)
Jin-mo Joo Jin-mo Joo ... Chief Detective (as Joo Jinmo)
Guk-seo Ki Guk-seo Ki ... Wei Hong (as Kee Kookseo)
Duk-moon Choi Duk-moon Choi ... Casino Manager (as Choi Duckmoon)
Gook-hee Chae Gook-hee Chae ... Madame (as Chae Kukhee)
Soo-jung Ye Soo-jung Ye ... Tiffany (as Ye Sujeong)
Angelica Lee ... Julie (as Lee Sinje)
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Storyline

In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner Macau Park, who escaped with 68kg of gold several years ago on their last job together. Macau Park brought Chinese thieves as well but little did they know what Macau Park planned for each one of them. His plan takes an unexpected turn when Popeye brings Pepsi, a genius safe-cracker and old flame of Macau Park, to settle the old score. The thieves' target is a $20 million diamond known as 'Tear of the Sun', kept safely away in a casino, brought there to be sold by a notorious Chinese fence. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves. But who will succeed and live to see another day? Written by wikipedia

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All for the money. One for the revenge. Every man for himself.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Release Date:

25 July 2012 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$136,993, 12 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$685,839

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,126,367
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kim Hye-soo and Kim Yoon-seok previously appeared together in the film Tazza: The High Rollers (2006) which is also directed by Choi Dong-hoon. See more »

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Referenced in Rupan sansei (2014) See more »

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If you only watch one Asian movie this year, "The Thieves" is the one to watch...
5 May 2014 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Finally I got a chance to watch "The Thieves" ("Dodookdeul"), and the wait was well worth it. This movie was fantastic in every aspect.

The story is about a group of Korean and Hong Kong thieves who come together for a mutual heist to steal a very expensive diamond. But things take a turn for the worse and the heist doesn't go as planned. Alliances are forged and broken, and the game of deception runs high, and just what is honor amongst thieves truly worth?

I will say that the storyline was compelling and interesting. Sure it could be compared to "Oceans Eleven" and with elements of "Mission Impossible" in it, but it would be a shame to do so, because "The Thieves" is unique in its own right.

The story was not predictable and just as you thought you had figured out what was next, the movie took an unforeseen turn and totally throws off the audience. This is the part that I really like about the storyline, it was kept fresh and constantly on the toes.

Director Dong-Hoon Choi have managed to put together a great movie that is entertaining, exciting and thrilling. And what really helps the movie along nicely are the people on the cast list. Wow! They really have some of the great talents from both the Korean and Hong Kong cinema alike. Gianna Jun, Simon Yam and Jung-Jae Lee really go all the way here and carry the movie so nicely.

"The Thieves" is a definite 'must' watch movie of you enjoy Asian cinema, regardless of your preference to Korean or Hong Kong cinema.

This movie is a clear 8 out of 10 stars without a doubt.


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