Rent The Villainess (2017)

3.4 of 5 from 258 ratings
2h 1min
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Synopsis:
Exploding onto the screen in a kinetic flurry of hyper-stylised action, The Villainess is a stunning vengeance film that draws its inspiration from western classics including Nikita and Kill Bill. Sook-hee (Kim Ok-vin, Thirst) is a trained assassin who takes revenge on the men who murdered her father in a breath-taking opening sequence. After losing consciousness she awakes at the National Intelligence Service who recruit her as an agent to undertake confidential missions. Initially refusing, Sook-hee soon realises it is her only method of escape, until she is assigned a new assignment that changes everything...
Actors:
, , , , , Ye-Ji Min
Directors:
Byung-gil Jung
Writers:
Byeong-sik Jung, Byung-gil Jung
Aka:
Ak-Nyeo
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Thrillers
Countries:
Korea, Top 100 Films, Action & Adventure, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/10/2017
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
Korean
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature-length audio commentary with Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/10/2017
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
Korean
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Feature-length audio commentary with Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin
  • Trailer

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Reviews (3) of The Villainess

Bravura cinema - The Villainess review by Alphaville

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15/01/2018

THE VILLAINESS ***** Bravura cinema

27 years after Luc Besson’s Nikita, writer/director Jung Byung-gil takes the same premise of a bad girl turned government assassin and comes up with a startling, twisting concoction of action and love story. In the pre-titles sequence alone, our heroine dispatches hordes of heavies in a single amazingly choreographed POV shot.

There’s so much to admire here, including some stunning compositions and beautiful scene transitions that indicate a director in love with the possibilities of film. The love story is delicately filmed and engaging. The action pieces are hectic and the restless camera draws you right into it. The frenetic chase sequences will make you gasp and have you wondering how they did it. Wonderful stuff.

There’s so much originality in this movie it must be like seeing Citizen Kane in the 1940s or Breathless in the 1960s. The DVD commentary by a couple of South Korean cinema buffs is equally fascinating and explains how some of the shots were filmed.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Loved it - The Villainess review by JH

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09/02/2018

Brilliant film, great fighting and she was proper badass. Really liked the way they used the camera in this. Made you feel the action

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Not great - The Villainess review by ND

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09/11/2018

Other than the opening scene I was a little bored. I knew I was watching a movie, the story and how it was filmed was all over the place and I actually turned off before the end.

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