Korean Movie Review: The Thieves (2012)

Title: The Thieves
Duration: 2 hr. 19 min
Release Date: Jul 25, 2012
Director: Choi Dong Hoon
Cast: Kim Yoon Suk, Kim Hye Soo, Lee Jung Jae, Jeon Ji Hyun, Kim Hae Sook, Kim Soo Hyun, Yam Simon
Genre: Thriller, Crime

The Synopsis: Popie, Yenicall, Chewingum and Zampano are a team of professional thieves in South Korea. After they score a valuable antique vase, they hear from Macao Park in which he proposes a highly lucrative new job in Macau. In Hong Kong, a separate crew waits for the Korean thieves. When the Hong Kong and Korean teams finally meet, tension rises immediately between the two groups. Macao Park then enters the meeting and lays out the plan. Their goal is to steal the “Tear of Sun” diamond. The diamond itself is currently in the possession of ruthless criminal Wei Yong. Furthermore, the diamond is stashed safely in the suite room of a Macau casino & resort. Macao Park also lays another bombshell. He can easily sell the “Tear of Sun” diamond for $20 million dollars. Now the two teams work together in what will surely turn out to be the heist of their lives, but the 10 thieves all have their own agendas.

The Review: I am a huge fan of heist movies, so I was looking forward to watching The Thieves. It’s directed by Choi Dong Hoon and was incredibly successful in South Korea. The film follows a group of Korean thieves that team up with a group from Hong Kong, and together they plan to steal a diamond that’s being held in a casino. It’s a slick and glossy production that spans multiple international locations. They don’t shy away from using different languages which was nice to see. It is a lot like the Oceans movies, but with a slightly darker and grittier tone. It’s highly entertaining, exciting, and action-packed.

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Kdrama Review: Special Affairs Team Ten 2 (2013)

Title: Special Affairs Team Ten 2
Episodes: 12
Duration: 1 hr. 14 min.
Aired: Apr 14, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Cast: Joo Sang Wook, Jo An, Kim Sang Ho, Choi Woo Shik
Genre: Action, Crime, Detective, Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
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The Synopsis: TEN is an elite criminal investigation unit that tackles the most violent crimes in South Korea. The team is led by the cool and mysterious detective Yeo Ji Hoon. He’s joined by veteran detective Baek Do Shik, female detective Nam Ye Ri, who has great psychological reasoning powers, and rookie detective Park Min Ho.

The Review: This season started off incredibly strong. The first two episodes managed to pack in all of the high suspense, tension, and character background that was sorely lacking from the first season. Man, was it good. Just when I thought I knew what was happening and who the real bad guy was, everything was pulled out from under my feet.

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Kdrama Review: Special Affairs Team Ten (2011)

TitleSpecial Affairs Team Ten
Episodes: 9
Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
Aired: Nov 18, 2011 to Jan 13, 2012
Cast: Joo Sang Wook, Jo An, Kim Sang Ho, Choi Woo Shik
Genre: Action, Crime, Detective, Psychological
Related Content: Special Affairs Team Ten 2

The Synopsis: “Special Affairs Team TEN” is a criminal investigation unit that tackles the most violent crimes in South Korea. These crimes usually have less than a 10% rate for arrests. They chase the most notorious killers who attempt to commit the perfect crimes. Yeo Ji Hoon is a former top-notch detective, but now works as a professor. He then becomes the leader of Special Affairs Team TEN. Nam Ye Ri has been a detective for 4 years. She joins Special Affairs Team TEN because of her psychological reasoning powers. Baek Do Sik is a 24 year veteran detective. He possesses a keen sense of intuition, which he honed from his many years as a detective. Park Min Ho is a new detective. He joins Special Affairs Team TEN after impressing Professor Yeo Ji Hoon with his reasoning powers.

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