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Assassination (2015)

Amsal (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 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.

Director:

Dong-hoon Choi

Writers:

Dong-hoon Choi (screenplay), Ki-cheol Lee (screenplay) (as Ki-Cheol Lee)
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Credited cast:
Ji-hyun Jun ... An Ok-yun (as Gianna Jun)
Jung-jae Lee ... Yeom Seok-jin (as Jung-Jae Lee)
Jung-woo Ha ... Hawaii Pistol
Dal-su Oh ... Young-gam
Jin-Woong Cho ... Sok-sapo (as Jin-woong Jo)
Kyeong-yeong Lee
Duk-moon Choi Duk-moon Choi ... Hwang Dok-sam (as Choi Dok-mun)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liz Cha Liz Cha ... Department Store Clerk (as Jiwon-Cha)
Kyung Jin Kyung Jin ... Ahn Sung-Sim
Eui-sung Kim ... Butler
Hong-pa Kim Hong-pa Kim ... Kim Goo (as Hong-Fa Kim)
Ye-eun Kim Ye-eun Kim ... Dental Assistant
Byeong-eun Park Byeong-eun Park ... Kawaguchi
Tang Zhen Tang Zhen ... An Yuyun(childhood)
Tang Zhen Tang Zhen ... An Yuyun(childhood)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

South Korea

Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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The fight within them is to free the nation from a foreign power.
4 February 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

I remember that a few years ago I loved 'Jeon Woo-Chi' from this same director. It was so awesome, the mix between the modern world and ancient myth with the usual Korean style presentation, a little different from other similar western films due to the cultural difference. After that, this the second movie of his I am watching and I had two opposite thoughts in the two halves of the movie.

Initially, I felt I chose a wrong movie. One of the reason was, I could not get the film characters right due to complicated introductions. Too many main characters and that's a too much to recognise if you're not a Korean or not familiar with the Korean faces/actors. Somewhat I was confused, at least in the first quarter. In the second half, especially after the story moved to Korean, I get used to it and afterwards it was very smooth.

The other reason was obviously the length of the movie. Only because of the puzzled opening order. Later the story development was so good, I began to feel comfortable with the narration and after that I did not notice the runtime at all. I have no source to confirm whether it was based on the real or simply a cinematic fiction, but it was very interesting as it progress. So don't force yourself to watch the movie, but it you do, then give it a time in the beginning and be focused, later definitely you will be in a position to get through as easily as I did.

"Damn, we could all die tomorrow. Let's dance."

Actually, it all began in the year 1911, and moved to 20 years later during the Japan's occupation of Korea. The resistance freedom fighters plan a series of assassination of the Japanese leaders in the nation's different regions. One such man was a powerful native business tycoon. When everything goes wrong, the story begins to take a turn, complicates further by revealing the old secret. How much it affects and to whom, followed by the final battle sequence.

Obviously everyone interesting in this film for Jeon Ji-Hyun's presence. Of course, as usual she was very impressive, but her so- star, Ha Jung-Woo with his weird screen name 'Hawaii Pistol' was also equally good. When I first heard Hawaii Pistol is coming, I thought it was the arms supply from Hawaii. Anyway, it was a grand intro, after his entry the movie was set to explore the rest of the story in a style. The other actors like his hilarious partner and the main villain set the tone for the movie.

Certainly it is a movie to pick if you want an historic subject other than your regular Korean themes. Beautifully written for the screen, except like I said the editing was confusing for the lack of proper inception. Don't think it's simply about the brave freedom fighters; betrayal, revenge, family, third person caught in, like that it had many stuffs. It is also very rare to see a woman fighter among them. All the action scenes were really well made, because that's the title isn't. The terrific settings of the 30s as well. I can't say about it is a must see or not, but surely a fine historic movie that I am pleased with.

8/10


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