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The Thieves (2012)
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Spectacular...exhililating --New York Times
A stylish mix of light romance and dark crime caper --LA Times
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But as with many Korean movies (such as 'The Good, the Bad, and the Weird'), there is still an inherent quirkiness to the characters and their delivery. This not a black comedy, but the movie will crack a lot of smiles. Good acting with good chemistry, the "dialog" is good but the movie is not dubbed in English.
Strengths of the movie include some ethnic tension/interplay as Korean, Chinese, and multi-racial characters have to work together in multi-cultural Hong Kong to rob jewels being held within a casino. Aside from the ethnic allegiances, most characters also have a personal history between them that sometimes crosses those cultural lines, making for complex relationships that shift. In fact, you'll likely find yourself rooting for different characters in the first half of the movie than you will in the second. As crew members are captured or killed, who survives to live to see any 'happy ending' changes quickly.
At over two hours the film is to a certain degree almost two movies in one, the first being more of the quirky heist type and the second being more straight up action.Read more ›
If THE THIEVES is any indication, then South Korea may be set to give the Americans a good run for their money.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)
Popeye (played by Jung-Jae Lee) and his crew of thieving misfits (among them Hae-suk Kim as Chewingum; and the lovely Gianna Jun as Yenicall) are "hot" ... and not in a good way. Their last job drew the attention of the local police. Now needing to lie low, they agree to take a job with an old friend of Popeye's - the mysterious Macao Park (Yun-seok Kim) - to steal the `Tear of the Sun' diamond, a gem valued at a cool $20 million. The hitch? The diamond is kept in a private safe inside the busiest casino in Macau.Read more ›
Directed by Dong-Hoon Choi ("Whoochi", "Tazza: The High Rollers" and "The Big Swindle") and co written by Choi and Lee Gi-Cheol, the film is known for its all-star cast from Korea and other Asian countries.
The film stars Jeon Ji-hyun/Gianna Jun ("My Sassy Girl", "Il: Mare", "Blood: The Last Vampire", "Windstruck"), Hae-suk Kim ("Wonderful Radio, "Sunflower", "Open City"), Hye-su Kim ("3 Extremes II", "The Red Shoes", "Tazza: The High Rollers"), Soo Hyun Kim, Yun-seok Kim ("The Yellow Sea", "The Chaser", "Woochi"), Angelica Lee ("The Eye", "Re-Cycle", "The Drummer", "20 30 40″), Jung-Jae Lee ("Il Mare", "The Housemaid", "Typhoon", "Sunaebo"), Dal-su Oh ("Oldboy", "The Host", "Thirst", "The Good, the Bad , the Weird"), Kwok Cheung Tsang ("Once a Gangster", "Dream Home") and Simon Yam ("Ip Man", "Ip Man 2″, "Election", "PTU").
The film has been nominated and has won many awards including "Best Cinematography - Choi Young-hwan" (2012 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, 2012 Buil Film Awards), "Best Supporting Actress" (2012 Grand Bell Awards) and many more.
"The Thieves" is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1 aspect ratio). The cinematography by Yeong-hwan Choi is absolutely beautiful and what really works for this film is the multiple locations and countries of where this film was shot. Locations were carefully planned and what you get is a very stylish film. While the outdoor scenes showcase great detail, there is a hint of softness in the indoor scenes but nothing major.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story, excellent acting. cover short is a montage of two story lines within the movie.Published 5 months ago by moviedude
This is the Korean version of Leverage, but far better. I watched this twice after receiving it, plus all the extras they throw in. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clairia B.
NOT LIKE THE KOREAN DRAMAS WE'VE BEEN WATCHING. GREAT ACTION BUT HEAVY ON THE EXPLETIVES. Cool to see the initial chemistry and humour between Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Soo-hyun - which... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J.C. BROWN
I am a fan of foreign films, especially Chinese and Korean films. This is a great action film, confusing a bit but u will get it. I highly recommend. Read morePublished 8 months ago by mike-t
A+++Bs Person and Transaction..The film this film borrowed from had a more believable approach to similar characters.. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Russell C. Peterson
The product arrived in a timely manner, and was as advertisedPublished 9 months ago by u.florida mpayamaguru
Fast shipping for this also, will order again. The movie is great.Published 10 months ago by frank morrison
Enjoyable action movie. Good production values and acting. Clearly not cerebral.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Junkie