Master CHOI MIN SIK

Swiri

KANG Je-kyu|Korea|1999|120min |15+ |No Eng-Subtitle

Code Time Theater Rate GV
435 7/2  16:30 - 18:30 MEGABOX BucheonStarfieldCity 4 15  X
828 7/6  17:00 - 19:00 CGV Sopung 9 15  X
435 7/2  16:30 - 18:30MEGABOX BucheonStarfieldCity 4
15  X
828 7/6  17:00 - 19:00CGV Sopung 9
15  X

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Program Note

RYU and LEE are special of O.P., the nation's top secret intelligence service. When an O.P. informer is shot by a sniper in broad daylight, RYU instinctively suspects the involvement of HEE, Ace-sniper of the North Korean 8th special force. Her track record includes numerous assassinations of government officials and the astonishing ability to dodge the authorities in disguise. In the process of investigating this case, RYU and LEE learn that HEE had attempted to secure into her possession South Korean explosives, but they fall into a deadly trap set by PARK, the leader of the North Korean special force. RYU recognizes PARK, whom he first met during a hijacking operation, in a surveillance video of a deadly hit, and realizes the latter's infiltration into South Korea. Meanwhile, O.P. suspects a mole in the organization when they realize that Hee is always one step ahead. The film heads toward a drastic conclusion as O.P. must put a stop to the explosive conspiracy that the North koreans have in stock.

Program Note

A hugely successful film that popularized the concept of the Korean blockbuster, Swiri made waves with its casting of Han Seok-kyu, CHOI Min Sik, and Song Kang-ho. While Han and Song team up as South Korean special agents Jung-won and Jang-gil, Choi takes on the role of Park Mu-young, the North Korean Special Forces leader who stands against them alone. In contrast to Jung-won, who remains unaware of his wife being a spy from the North, Mu-young appears more straightforward as his sole purpose is the destruction of South Korea. However, Choi’s performance, as he passionately expresses his emotions in front of Jung-won, surpasses the level of a simple villain as he cries, “Have you ever seen parents eating the flesh of their dead kids? Growing up eating rotten cheese, coke, and hamburgers, you wouldn’t know that. You think a soccer game can bring the two Koreas together?” Although Mu-young dies in the film without fulfilling his purpose, CHOI Min Sik’s intense portrayal confirms the truth that impressive performances by villains can contribute to a film’s success. (HUH Namwoong)

Director

강제규

KANG Je-kyu

Born in Masan, in 1962. He graduated from Chung-Ang University with a major in theater and film. In 1996, he debuted with The Ginko Bed and directed his second film, Swiri. Since then, he has directed Taegukgi (2004), My Way (2011), and Salut D’Amour (2015), and Road to Boston is about to be released.

Credit

Producer LEE Kwan hark, BYEON Mu-rim
Screenplay KANG Je-kyu
Cinematographer KIM Seongbok
Editor PARK Gok-ji
Sound KIM Seok-won
Music LEE Dong-jun
Cast 최민식 CHOI Min Sik, 한석규 HAN Seok-kyu, 송강호 SONG Kang-ho