Monday, July 28, 2008

Shiri (Swiri/쉬리 -1999)

Suk-kyu Han ... Yu, JongWon
Min-sik Choi ... Park, Mu-young
Yunjin Kim ... Lee, Myung-hyun (Lee, Bang-hee) (as Yoon-jin Kim)
Kang-ho Song ... Lee, Jang-gil
Johnny Kim ... Jung, Dae-Ho (as Derek Kim)
Jeong-min Hwang
Hyeong-seong Jang
Su-ro Kim
Jong-hyeok Lee
Seung-Shin Lee
Yong-woo Park ... Sik
Dae-han Ji
Ju-sang Yun

Locked in a fragile détente with its famine-wracked, communist neighbor to the North, South Korea lives in a state of constant national emergency. It is policed by a task force of special agents whose personal lives have withered and died as they root out infiltrators and sleeper agents, rush from crisis to calamity, pursue rumors of war and chase terrorists who vanish like ghosts. One particular phantom, a female North Korean sniper named Hee, has led agents Ryu (Han Suk-Gyu) and Lee (Song Kang-Ho) through a nightmare of burnt corpses and bloody crime scenes for ten years before suddenly vanishing. One year later she resurfaces, and with her comes a squad of North Korean commandos who have infiltrated Seoul and master-minded the theft of an experimental explosive.

A whirlwind of fear and paranoia engulfs the city as civilian targets are bombed and Agents Lee and Ryu chase an enemy who is always one charred and blackened step ahead of them. As Agent Lee is pulled in two directions by his fragile fiancée, Hyun, and the dead-eyed terrorist, Hee, the personal becomes the political and in the blink of an eye affairs of the political and in the blink of an eye affairs of the heart become affairs of state.

This was a freaking awesome movie!!! OMG! The action was unbelievable. The very beginning of the movie we witness the making of a female sniper in North Korea. It was the coolest thing. That tipped me off that this was going to be good!

I will admit withing the first 30 minutes of the movie I figured out some of the story on my own. I'm sure of you will figure it out...and some of you will still be beating your heads against the wall. Even figuring the plot, it was still an awesome movie.

The ending was perfect. Totally perfect in everyway! Which I can't divulge......

If you don't mind a bit of blood, lots of cool action, suspense, mystery, and drama.....this is the one for you. Add a sprinkle of romance...and voila!

The credits listed my man Lee Jong Hyuk but I saw him nowhere. This was made in 1999 so he was probably an extra. *sigh*

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