The Villainess begins with the classical situation of a professional killer who wants to “retire” – an assassin who tries to make a new life for herself out of love, but ends up ensnared by a past from which she can’t escape. A familiar storyline, to be sure, but the director Jung Byung-gil to delivers a highly polished movie. The opening scene and its bloodbath shot as a first-person POV literally astounded the Cannes audience at a memorable midnight screening. And The Villainess has plenty of superb bits of bravura for fans of uninhibited action cinema.
If it’s true that every story has already been told, one can always rely on Korean cinema to find new ways of telling them.
Saturday, 16 september, 8 p.m. at the UGC
Thursday, 21 september, 5:45 at the Star St-Ex
Sunday, 24 september, 11 a.m. at the UGC
Country: South Korea
Version: in Korean, subtitled in English and French
Cast & Credits
Director: Jung Byung-gil
Producer: Jung Byung-gil
Scenario: Jung Byung-gil, Jung Byeong-sik
Cinematographer: Park Jung-hun
Editor: Heo Sun-mi
Music: Koo Ja-wan
Actors: Kim Ok-vin, Shin Ha-kyun, Bang Sung-jun