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Film ● Mini-Review: The Villainess

English Title: The Villainess

Korean Title: 악녀

Director(s): Jung Byung-gil

Screenwriter(s): Jung Byung-shik

Released: 2017

Runtime: 2h 9m

The Villainess (악녀)

● Inspired by La Femme Nikita, this film begins similarly. Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin) is already a skilled fighter when she is recruited by a South Korean intelligence agency. She is given the name Chae Yeon-soo and a place to live with her daughter if she will be an assassin for the agency for 10 years.

● As is common in South Korean films and dramas, vengeance is a central theme. Sook-hee is seeking the man who killed her father when she was a child. This quest is complicated by the people she was/is involved in which adds more targets for her revenge. She is willing to let it go given the right conditions but it doesn’t happen…

● The plot is somewhat predictable but is interesting enough to keep one’s attention. Generous amount of high-intensity action. Nicely shot if nothing else. The lighting and dark tone are well-executed. The ending is perhaps predictable and, in any case, a bit of a stretch.

This mini-review is part of the collection for Taken clones and derivatives.


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