The Villainess (2017)
Aknyeo (original title)
2h 9min | Action, Drama | 8 June 2017 (South Korea) | Opening this September
Unrated but contains adult language and graphic violence.
Synopsis: Bloody revenge is at the heart of this stylish, kinetic action-thriller that gives a welcome shot of adrenaline to the classic femme fatale story. Honed from childhood into a merciless killing machine by a criminal organization, assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent by a shadowy government organization with the promise of freedom after ten years of service – and she jumps at the chance for a normal life. “Work for us for 10 years, you’ll gain freedom.” But soon enough, secrets from her past destroy everything she’s worked for, and now nobody can stand in her way as she embarks on a roaring rampage of revenge.
Review: Well Go USA remains the go-to for expert Asian action. This latest release, THE VILLAINESS, is no exception. The body count in the first 3-minutes of this film is record breaking and it sets the tone for all the bloody violence to come. If you like your action fast, furious, and splattered in red then this will be a treat for sure. Along with the body on body choreography there is also some well executed chase scenes including a motorcycle duel that has to be seen to believe.
The story is solid though at times hard to follow due to some random flashbacks and time jumps that are unexpected. But once you get the rhythm of the film you will be fine. The cast is phenomenal and not to sound chauvinistic, it is cool to see a female led group carry the action. Ok-bin Kim creates a legendary character in Sook-hee and she is a force to be reckoned with.
The stylings and backdrop add to this one as well and fans of the genre will be pleased on all accounts.