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The Thieves (2012)

Dodookdeul (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 25 July 2012 (South Korea)
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After a heist in South Korea, a gang of 5+1 fly to Hong Kong to look into a heist, in a Macau casino, of a $30M diamond, planned by someone unreliable. He brings in HK thieves as well. Can anyone be trusted?

Director:

Dong-hoon Choi (as Choi Dong Hoon)

Writers:

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)
Derek Tsang ... Jonny
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.


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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, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$685,839

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,523,242
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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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 Lupin the 3rd (2014) See more »

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Ocean's Eleven meets Mission Impossible in this highly entertaining caper
29 July 2017 | by kamenhavenSee all my reviews

This is one of the best Korean movies I've ever seen. I wasn't surprised to find out it was one of the highest grossing films at the Korean box office - this Korean/Chinese production is an international blockbuster designed for mass, global appeal. The Thieves is a heist action comedy about two teams of professional thieves teaming up for a heist with a surefire success rate, but only if each team members could avoid their personal agendas getting in the way ... and that's all you need to know about the film.

The movie's biggest success is that it proves that you can have an ensemble cast with no less than 10 principal characters and still make each one of them unique and memorable. By the end of the movie, I know each character's personality, motivation and quirks. To top it off, it has an intelligent script with lots of twists and turns, always keeping you guessing. Oh, and the set-pieces! The final action scene is one of the most entertaining set-pieces I've ever seen, involving complex choreography, wire-work and amazing stunts.

So yeah, do whatever you can to see it, you owe that to yourself as this is the kind of movie that Hollywood should be making and isn't. Director Choi Dong-Hoon crafts this masterful heist action comedy with such an assured hand that keeps you entertained and engaged throughout. Also, actress Jun Ji-Hyun (My Sassy Girl, My Love From The Star), is drop-dead gorgeous and absolutely magnetic on screen. She steals almost every scene she's in, and is worth the price of admission alone.


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