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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Top 5 Favorite Korean Actors

Obviously this is in no way objective, but just a list of the male Korean actors that I’ve fallen in love with through their acting (…alright, and hotness).

You Almost Made The Cut: Sung Joon, Lee Min Ki, Lee Sun Gyun

5. Kim Soo Hyun

One of the most popular young actors in South Korea at the moment, Kim Soo Hyun has captured the hearts of many, many viewers. He has a quiet, but strong grasp on the audience in whatever drama or film he’s in.

My Favorite Drama: Dream High

Kim Soo Hyun has been in a lot of really good dramas and movies, but Dream High was where I first saw and fell in love with him. Sam Dong was so adorable and talented, I was immediately hooked. It was the worst case of second lead syndrome I’d ever had. Soo Hyun brought out not only his impressive acting chops, but his fantastic singing voice as well.

Other Popular Dramas: You Who Came from the StarsThe Moon that Embraces the Sun

Films: Secretly, GreatlyThe Thieves

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