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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Thoughts and Obsessions: Witch’s Romance, Jeon Ji Hyun, and VIXX

Somehow I got sucked into yet another currently airing drama, Witch’s Romance. But it only has two more episodes, and it’s been so much fun to watch. It is hard to even articulate the extension of my love for this drama. First of all the leads are both incredible actors and have sizzling chemistry. Ji Yeon is strong and vulnerable at the same time, and Dong Ha has to be the sweetest, most adorable character I’ve ever seen. Recently, there’s been a detour from the cute romantic comedy aspect, with more melodrama instead. Luckily, they know when to give it up and the last few episodes are returning to its original charm. I have a strong feeling that Park Seo Joon is going to end up on my bias list in the future.

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