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Aknyeo (2017)

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A female assassin leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks revenge.


Byung-gil Jung
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


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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South Korea



Release Date:

8 June 2017 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

La villana 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 »


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Sook-hee: How could you do this to me?
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Variations on a Rococo Theme
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A blatant Nikita steal - Great action scenes but little else of note
18 September 2017 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

I'm feeling very underwhelmed by this film despite being a great fan of the best of Korean cinema. It's been well advertised of late, but don't fall for any possible hype on the movie posters. I don't even think the title makes sense for this movie.

The biggest problem is that this film is simply too close a homage to the classic French film Nikita, and it's not unfair to say a blatant steal. If you've never seen Nikita then you'll likely enjoy this, otherwise you'll be slumped in your chair for the duration. As there has already been a US remake and TV series based on Nikita, most will already know the premise, further denting its value.

Basically think of 4-5 core characters and themes in Nikita, and you'll find their mirror in this film. Run the two side by side and they are probably the same. Some of the scenes should had a copyright watermark from Luc Besson in the corner they were that alike.

The greatest selling point is the action, with a handful of exceptionally well choreographed and filmed scenes that will leave you applauding, especially the opening run in. Hollywood should take a look in. I haven't been excited and amazed watching action scenes for a long while.

Beyond that, there's little to write home about. Story is a copy, the acting is rarely challenging (although our lead is very good) and the dialogue is so so. Shame really.

The twists and turns are unexciting, and are quite frankly poor and unchallenging. There's little good to say there.

Saying all that, our lead has a young child who steals the scenes whenever she's there, so that's a small saving grace and release valve from all the rest.

Disappointing, but still very watchable for the action scenes if little else. If you do want to watch a great alternative Korean film this year, then I would very much recommend The Handmaiden, watch that instead of this.

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