Sook-Hee (Kim Ok-bin) is a killer. Raised and trained in Yanbian, China, hiding her true identity and left for Korea. There she dreams of having a different kind of life, but is in contact with two mysterious men: Joong-Sang (Shin Ha-Kyun) and Hyun-Soo (Sung Joon).
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As a revenge plot, this isn't Oldboy in disguise, far from it, but the action is so fresh and newfangled, that one is willing to accept such shortcomings of plot and still give it four stars, for its viscerally-charged action alone, if nothing else.
Don`t whistle or you loose your head! "The Villainess" is video game style, highly emotional avenge more that disappears all the best endeavors of korean masters visual style in a snap. It is an emerging continuum of graphic images of violence which lands in subtle editing mastery of time and space. Just remember the opening sequence transition cut from he pov to third person to realize what you just saw!
It required extraordinary goodwill for me to stick with this and were it not for a peculiar internal logic I might not have. This film shows the wackest shit with a straight face - not just its brutal, cruel violence, but mainly its epic melodrama, a romance in the oddest circumstances imaginable. It anchors the visual noise of the action, which contains stunning achievements amidst the OTT display of craft.