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Shiri [2003] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]

Suk-kyu Han , Min-sik Choi , Je-kyu Kang    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Suk-kyu Han, Min-sik Choi, Yunjin Kim, Kang-ho Song, Johnny Kim
  • Directors: Je-kyu Kang
  • Writers: Je-kyu Kang
  • Producers: Kwan-hak Lee, Moo-Rim Byun
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2002
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633R6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,581 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A dazzling action movie from South Korea, Shiri follows two South Korean government agents, Ryu and Lee, as they pursue a female super-assassin from North Korea. Meanwhile, an elite paramilitary squad from North Korea has stolen a shipment of CTX, an undetectable liquid explosive of enormous power, which they've planted all over the city of Seoul. As their investigations are successively foiled, Ryu and Lee begin to suspect that there is a mole within the ranks of the agency--and it may be one of them. Both hyperstylish and hyperrealistic, Shiri rips along as a smooth fusion of Hong Kong and American action movies. Ryu's troubled romance with his alcoholic fiancée adds a striking emotional counterpoint to the blazing gunfights and high-speed chases; the ending is unexpectedly moving. It's not surprising that this film beat Titanic's box-office records in Korea. --Bret Fetzer

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars South Korea Does It Again 4 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
After many years of watching 'World Cinema' it is films like this that make you realise why Western cinema feels so hollow.

In many ways, this could be seen as an Eastern take on stereotypical Hollywood blockbuster, or a Michael Mann film, yet it excels over its original inspiration.

One thing Korean films have in abundance is emotion, films driven by heart, and this film is no exception. I was expecting this to be something similar to a Hollywood blockboster so had been procrastinating for quite a while before seeing it and I was pleasantly surprised by the film. I was utterly compelled throughout and it builds to a very emotional climax towards the end. A beautiful and remarkable film that crosses many genres like to Old Boy or Save The Green Planet.

Granted, there are a few clichéd generic action film moments (the countdown to an exploding bomb being a very guilty example) but, in short, if you want a film that is as full of emotion as it is action, then I can thoroughly recommend this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action plus romance 3 Nov 2003
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The basic storyline is that two of South Korea's top agents get wind of a plot involving an arms dealer and a known North Korean assassin. The investigate and quickly find out that a top secret explosive is involved. From then on it's a race against the clock to stop whatever plans the North Koreans have hatched.
There's romance in the form of the story of one of the agent's up coming marriage to a fish shop owner. The end is extremely touching and I was close to tears myself (quite an admission coming from a man).
The film mixes action, drama and romance. As a fusion between 3 genres, the film cannot, really, be compared to other films. The extra features are well worth looking at. One thing to bear in mind if you decide to watch the "Making of" documentary -- only key portions are subtitled in English. :(
I whole-heartedly recommend this film to people who like the above genres. It may be two hours long but, believe me, it feels a lot shorter.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Korean cinema at its best 17 July 2004
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I thought this film was excellent. To understand this film and get the most out of it you need to know about Korean history and people. The story is plausible (certainly by Hollywood's standards) and the action and set pieces belie the low budget. The character of the assassin Hee/Hyun symbolises the divided Korean peninsula and Korean people's attitudes towards each other. While there is division, there is still great love, and regret. This film tries to put that in context. The fact that the event of the film is a football match between the two Koreas, and that the leaders shake hands in the movie, expresses what many Koreans wish for - a peaceful and amicable reunification.
Setting aside the story, the cinematography and tense pace of the film are electric. Korean films are individual, and like their people, culture and food, a somewhat acquired taste. However, those that persevere will be well rewarded.
I would also recommend Memories of Murder, Old Boy, Chihwaseon and Public Enemy as excellent examples of contemporary Korean cinema.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Plays on Every Emotion 7 Mar 2006
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This is the first Korean film I have ever seen and it wont be the last. It is a long time since I had such an emotional rollercoaster ride whilst watching a film. Gut wrenching violence in the opening frames followed by nerve tingling action scenes, mind-boggling plot twists and heart rending emotion in the love scenes. There are better reviews on this page describing the philisophical content and I agree with them. But this film surpasses words. Buy it, rent it, borrow it, but above all watch it!!! If you have a soul (or should that be Seoul?) you will love it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This 1999 South Korean action film is a quite watchable thing, although ultimately not as good as I hoped for. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

In October 1992, an elite group of North Korean soldiers are put through a brutal training regime. Under the auspices of their commander, Park Mu-young (Choi Min-sik), they will be sent into South Korea as sleeper agents, to be reactivated at some later date. The most promising of the group is "Lee Bang-hee" (this is the code name she uses), an extremely gifted female sniper - once infiltrated to south she assassinates several key South Korean figures over the next six years. And then she suddenly stops all activity and vanishes. This all figures in the introduction.

The film begins in fact with two South Korean counter-intelligence officers, Yu Jong-won (Han Suk-kyu) and Lee Jang-gil (Song Kang-ho), making a point about their fruitless investigation and their failure to find any concrete, hard data about "Lee Bang-hee" - including how she looks and what is her real name... Yu and Lee, as well as their superiors, strongly suspect that this interruption in "Lee Bang-hee" activity simply indicates that North Koreans are up to something REALLY big... I will say no more about the story.

This film is actually inspired by real events, namely the little known in the West but absolutely merciless secret war North Korean nightmarish regime waged and still wages today against its Southern democratic neighbour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars shiri
good film with a lot of action shows the battle between her love ,and the mission she has been sent on
Published 3 months ago by Thbrookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
This film is full of action although it is actually a romantic love story. Good direction, sub-titles are good but the film runs so fast that it sometimes is difficult to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trythisitisgood
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiri
Asian action classic. South Korea - North Korea spy war with sentimental and also sports political involvement. At times very emotional soft, at the other hard battle.
Published 7 months ago by Marko
3.0 out of 5 stars North and South Korean superspys battle and fall in love.
If I tell you what this movies is about, you maybe think this movie as an ordinary action film, but its actually more then that, its more of a romantic thriller with action. Read more
Published 8 months ago by worldofcinema
5.0 out of 5 stars This film blew me away !
05 November 2012
When special agent Ryu of South Korea's secret service fails to prevent the death of an arms smuggler turned infotmant, he instinctively suspects the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Clint Eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars shiri.my review
i bought this film as i had seen a clip on another dvd, i wasnt disappointed it has plenty of action & shoot outs, if you like cini asia this film is for u, i was goin to tell you... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by stacy lee
4.0 out of 5 stars A love story ...with guns.
The film beings in a frenetic and bloody way with images of war and ultra-violence. This serves as a montage depicting the extreme training of a female soldier, we even see her... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2009 by @GeekZilla9000
3.0 out of 5 stars Copycats!
This film created a commotion in South Korea when it debuted cuz it demonstrated to the audience that the Koreans can make a high-octane action flick just like Hollywood or Hong... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2009 by J. A. Eyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a Watch.
I think the reason this film gets some bad reviews, is occasionally people cant be bothered to read subtitles all the way through, which is their fault, not the films. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2008 by Ross Symonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Hollywood movies!
For those of you claiming this movie is an attempt at a American movie in Korean, you are wrong. And to say this is a poor replica of Hollywood movies is saying Hollywood is the... Read more
Published on 11 May 2007 by Mr. S. Yau
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