The Villainess

The Villainess

The Villainess

A government sleeper agent gets an uninvited visit by people from her assassin past in this South Korean actioner that premiered at Cannes 2017.

"Since she was a little girl, Sook-Hee was brought up to become a deadly assassin. She gets a second chance in life when South Korea’s Intelligence Agency’s Chief Kwon recruits her to become a sleeper cell. “Work for us for 10 years, you’ll gain freedom.” Her new identity is Chae Yeon-Soo, 27 years old, theater actress. With a promise of complete freedom after serving the country for 10 years, Sook-Hee begins a new life. For someone who lived a life of a killer, living a normal life is no easy task. But when two men appear in her life suddenly, she uncovers secrets of her past…" (Cannes Film Festival)

2017Rating: R16, Graphic violence & offensive language123 minsSouth KoreaKorean with English subtitles
ActionDramaWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

With a body count in triple digits before the opening credits finish, the bloodily inventive fight sequences work better than the emotional scenes here - and sensible shoes aside, director Jung Byung-gil doesn't bring much new to the genre.

3.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's absolutely nutty, if bloody, fun.

South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

press

Forcing Sook-hee to juggle a young daughter, burgeoning romance, meddling ex-husband (Shin Ha-kyun) and overly complicated time structure, burdens her quest for vengeance with a lot of melodramatic baggage.

3.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A satisfyingly convoluted revenge thriller in which the dynamically staged, blood-drenched action sequences are a highlight rather than the film's sole raison d'être.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A high-adrenaline tale of fighting, shooting, stabbing and killing interrupted by quiet stretches of backstory and character development.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

If you are a fan of action movies or Korean cinema, The Villainess is a must-see.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Frenetic, kinetic action meets satisfyingly soapy drama. See it before everyone tries to copy the best bits.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

With a body count in triple digits before the opening credits finish, the bloodily inventive fight sequences work better than the emotional scenes here - and sensible shoes aside, director Jung Byung-gil doesn't bring much new to the genre.

3.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's absolutely nutty, if bloody, fun.

South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

press

Forcing Sook-hee to juggle a young daughter, burgeoning romance, meddling ex-husband (Shin Ha-kyun) and overly complicated time structure, burdens her quest for vengeance with a lot of melodramatic baggage.

3.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A satisfyingly convoluted revenge thriller in which the dynamically staged, blood-drenched action sequences are a highlight rather than the film's sole raison d'être.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A high-adrenaline tale of fighting, shooting, stabbing and killing interrupted by quiet stretches of backstory and character development.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

If you are a fan of action movies or Korean cinema, The Villainess is a must-see.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Frenetic, kinetic action meets satisfyingly soapy drama. See it before everyone tries to copy the best bits.

4.0

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