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.
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Deftly plotted Korean action film/ period piece boasting excellent production values and a final act that excels. Gianna Jun, Ha Jung-woo and Lee Jung-jae are aces amongst a cast of pros. After the populist 'The Thieves' director Choi Dong-hoon shows great growth in adding some depth to the action. Well worth a watch.
With a scattershot storyline immeshed in the details of Korean history, an unwieldy cast of characters, and a staggered runtime, this isn't the most accessible film for the foreign market. Regardless, the slick production values and kinetic action scenes ensure that "Assassination" is an entertaining night at the movies, even if it lacks the frivolity and fun of director Choi Dong-hoon's previous hit "The Thieves."
Mr. Dong-hoon, regardless having recreated the period with nice looking images by the cinematographer, Kim Woo-hyung, assembled a cheap Hollywood imitation thwarted by a scattered narrative, convoluted plot, lack of conviction in choosing the direction to be taken, and indistinguishable characters that didn’t show sufficient arguments to make us care.
A flavorful and entertaining, if depthless and plot-heavy, flick that again shows that even when modern South Korean films do falter into messy-melodramatic hokum, they are still beautiful disasters that have no shortage of cleverness to them. As while Assassination is more interested in its character betrayals than their complexities, and isn't more than a photogenic popcorn flick...it's yummy popcorn.
Uno dei maggiori incassi dell'anno in Corea del Sud, e non si fa fatica a comprenderne i motivi: cast stellare, realizzazione tecnica sopraffina e spudorato sbandieramento dell'orgoglio più nazionalista. Il budget faraonico impedisce a Choi Dong-hoon di osare eccessivamente e il tutto si muove nei canoni più standard del blockbuster. Intrattiene e diverte, senza - purtroppo - emozionare granché.
Choi Donghoon teams up with his favorites, Jun Jihyun and Lee Jungjae. It's a good film for history, but contrary to the reviews, I couldn't say the same. It's predictable with a weak script. I also couldn't ignore those little mishaps on the aesthetics (like twins sharing the same exact moles, they could have covered it for one of Jihyun's characters). It's rather trivial, but small things like that are critical.
In 'Assassination' Choi Dong-hoon applied some formulas he used in 'The Thieves'. While the action quite competent, but the film doesn't have the same dynamic or depth on the drama aspect. Convolutedly confusing at first but getting better through the end.