The Villainess

The Villainess

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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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The Guardian

The Guardian

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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
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's absolutely nutty, if bloody, fun.

0
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
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
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
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's absolutely nutty, if bloody, fun.

0
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
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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

0
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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