South Korea, 2017 - 123 min - Cert. 18 - Eng. Subs
Director: Jung Byung-gil
Starring: Kim Ok-vin, Shin Ha-kyun, Bang Sung-ju
Exploding onto the screen in a kinetic flurry of hyper-stylised action, Director Jung Byung-gil (Confessions of Murder, Action Boys) thrusts his audience into the noir-tinged world of The Villainess, now arriving in the UK after its Cannes premiere.
Trained killer Sook-hee (Kim Ok-vin, Thirst) is the architect of an unforgettable opening sequence, shot in breathtaking first person point-of-view, as she breaks into a warehouse and lays waste to the multitude of thugs contained within. When the pregnant young woman eventually goes down, she’s picked up by the mysterious National Intelligence Service (NIS).
Given the choice to join them or die, she reluctantly accepts a new identity and trains in order to complete a future assignment and eventually win freedom for herself and her daughter. Matters are further complicated by the feelings arising from the murder of her father, a past relationship with a gang-boss ex-lover and the tantalising chance at a happy future offered by an undercover agent with a mission to win her affections...
This presentation is part of the London Korean Film Festival 2017: Teaser Screenings
Extending the work of and building up to the annual film festival held each November, the teaser screenings showcase a diverse range of recent Korean films throughout the year.