Films

The Villainess

The Villainess, "Ak-Nyeo"

Synopsis

Director

In a jaw-dropping opening sequence presented almost exclusively in first-person, assassin Sook-hee (Kim Ok-vin) penetrates a crime lord’s hideout leaving a myriad of enemies in her violent wake. Her killing frenzy comes to a halt when she’s arrested and drugged, waking up in a secret government agency facility with a new face, a new identity, and a baby inside her. Led by the steely Chief Kwon (Kim So-hyung), the agency exclusively trains women in lethal tactics to be sleeper agents in the field. After excelling in her training, Sook-hee and her daughter are relocated to an apartment complex to await her next mission. Unbeknownst to Sook-hee, her flirtatious neighbor Hyun-soo (Bang Sung-jun) has been assigned by the Chief to watch over the assassin. Despite Sook-hee’s initial reluctance, the two find themselves falling for each other despite the trouble it brings.

Director Jung Byung-gil skillfully interweaves flashbacks to Sook-hee’s prior life and peels back the layers of her tragic upbringing. Jung’s outrageous camerawork and frenzied, breathtaking action sequences are unlike anything else in contemporary action films and are supported by a plot filled with incredible twists and revelations that haven’t been achieved in the genre since Park Chan-wook’s classic „Oldboy“ (2003).

Byung-gil Jung

(b. 1980 South Korea) is a director and writer, known for action films „Confession of Murder“ (2012), „The Villainess“ (2017) and „Action Boys“ (2008).

Filmography

  • Woo-ri aek-syeon-bae-woo-da (Action Boys, doc 2008)
  • Nae-ga sal-in-beom-i-da (Confession of Murder, 2012)
  • Ak-Nyeo (The Villainess, 2017)

Schedule

19.11.2017
21:00 - 23:09
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 032003
Sold out
22.11.2017
21:30 - 23:39
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 061502
Sold out
02.12.2017
21:45 - 23:54
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 160704
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Midnight Shivers

Film info

Country: South Korea
Year: 2017
Duration: 129 minutes
Language: Korean
Director: Byung-gil Jung
Writers: Byeong-sik Jung, Byung-gil Jung
DOP: Jung-hun Park
Montage: Sun-mi Heo
Composer: Koo Ja-wan
Cast: Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, Seo-hyeong Kim, Eun-ji Jo
Production: Apeitda
Festivals: Cannes, Fantasia Fest, Frightfest, Rio de Janeiro, Philadephia

Synopsis

Director

In a jaw-dropping opening sequence presented almost exclusively in first-person, assassin Sook-hee (Kim Ok-vin) penetrates a crime lord’s hideout leaving a myriad of enemies in her violent wake. Her killing frenzy comes to a halt when she’s arrested and drugged, waking up in a secret government agency facility with a new face, a new identity, and a baby inside her. Led by the steely Chief Kwon (Kim So-hyung), the agency exclusively trains women in lethal tactics to be sleeper agents in the field. After excelling in her training, Sook-hee and her daughter are relocated to an apartment complex to await her next mission. Unbeknownst to Sook-hee, her flirtatious neighbor Hyun-soo (Bang Sung-jun) has been assigned by the Chief to watch over the assassin. Despite Sook-hee’s initial reluctance, the two find themselves falling for each other despite the trouble it brings.

Director Jung Byung-gil skillfully interweaves flashbacks to Sook-hee’s prior life and peels back the layers of her tragic upbringing. Jung’s outrageous camerawork and frenzied, breathtaking action sequences are unlike anything else in contemporary action films and are supported by a plot filled with incredible twists and revelations that haven’t been achieved in the genre since Park Chan-wook’s classic „Oldboy“ (2003).

Byung-gil Jung

(b. 1980 South Korea) is a director and writer, known for action films „Confession of Murder“ (2012), „The Villainess“ (2017) and „Action Boys“ (2008).

Filmography

  • Woo-ri aek-syeon-bae-woo-da (Action Boys, doc 2008)
  • Nae-ga sal-in-beom-i-da (Confession of Murder, 2012)
  • Ak-Nyeo (The Villainess, 2017)