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Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 7 August 2015 (USA)
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While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander. But their plan is threatened by a traitor within their group and also the enemies' forces are hunting them down.

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Credited cast:
... An Ok-yun (as Gianna Jun)
... Yeom Seok-jin (as Jung-Jae Lee)
... Hawaii Pistol
... Young-gam
... Sok-sapo (as Jin-woong Jo)
Duk-moon Choi ... Hwang Dok-sam (as Choi Dok-mun)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyung Jin ... Ahn Sung-Sim
... Butler
Hong-pa Kim ... Kim Goo (as Hong-Fa Kim)
Byeong-eun Park ... Kawaguchi
Tang Zhen ... An Yuyun(childhood)
Tang Zhen ... An Yuyun(childhood)
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Korea in the year 1933, the country is occupied by the Japanese army. Many warriors of the resistance where forced into the exile in China. Now they are trying to organize the fight from the distance. Now the resistance has learned that the highest commander of the Japanese army is going to visit Korea. They decide to take the chance and kill him by assassination. But the only sniper who is able to make that shot is Ahn Ok-yun, who is serving her time in the prison of Shanghai. The resistance agent Yem Sek-jin is set to get her and her comrades out, but his plan is offered to the Japanese by a traitor. Now, Ok-yun and her warriors not just have to flee from the Chinese prison, she also must face the Japanese army and a very special hit-man, assigned to take her down. Written by Anonymus

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Also Known As:

Assassination  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$146,526, 28 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,904,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,119,086
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Jung-jae Lee, Ji-hyun Jun, Dal-su Oh and Duk-moon Choi previously starred together in The Thieves (2012), also directed by Dong-hoon Choi. See more »

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When Pistol Hawaii leans against a table with a knife, the knife's blade bends easily - clearly it's a prop knife. See more »

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Very solid action-thriller-drama hybrid
3 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Set during the 1930s (during the Japanese occupation of Korea) and it concerns two assassinations that our protagonists plot against pro-Japanese targets. The hit team consists of a sniper, a jailed military school graduate, and an explosives expert.

The first thing to understand about this movie is that it has an outstanding cast, which yields great performances across the board. Ji-hyun Jun is the lead actress; her popularity exploded when she starred in My Sassy Girl (2001), but she's also been on a scorching hot streak lately with films like The Thieves (2012) and The Berlin File (2013), as well as a hugely popular K-drama television series named You Who Came from the Stars (which finished in 2014). I love this actress. I'll watch her in anything. She starred in the sexiest tea commercials of all time, by the way. Assassination also stars Jung-jae Lee (Big Match, The Face Reader, New World) and Jung-woo Ha (Kundo: Age of the Rampant, The Terror Live, The Berlin File, The Chaser, The Yellow Sea, etc.). There are also some very recognizable faces in supporting roles as well. The cast is just loaded! And it's great watching everyone interact.

The plot is quite complicated, but it is interesting and does a good job of creating a web of conflicts between the characters which comes to a boil later on. It may be a little too convoluted for its own good, which seems to be a trend with some recent Korean thrillers like The Berlin File and The Suspect, but it does force the viewer to pay close attention and watch the movie multiple times to get all of the little details. There are also a few wicked twists and unexpected moments.

Production values are top notch: the period set designs that are showcased are excellent. You really feel like you're back in the 1930s. Action ramps up near the midpoint and is nicely staged in a realistic manner. It's always cool seeing 1930s technology utilized during shootouts and chases. The entire second half is exciting.


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