Korean action thriller “The Killer: A Girl Who Deserves To Die” is a rollercoaster ride of non-stop action and intense fight sequences that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Director Choi Jae-hoon has done an exceptional job in bringing Bang Jin Ho’s novel “The Kid Deserves to Die” to life on the big screen.
The Killer – Movie Plot
Ui-gang used to work as a hitman and now leads a comfortable life with his wife. However, when his wife goes on a trip to Jeju Island, she asks him to look after Yoon-ji, the 17-year-old daughter of her traveling companion. Ui-gang reluctantly agrees to the favor and takes on the responsibility of watching over Yoon-ji for three weeks.
Despite Ui-gang’s initial reservations, Yoon-ji proves to be quite a handful. She gets into trouble and makes poor decisions that lead her into a dangerous situation. As Yoon-ji struggles to get out of this dangerous predicament, Ui-gang arrives just in time to save her from her captors. In doing so, he shows that his skills as a hitman are still very much intact.
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Jang Hyuk Shines in the Fast-Paced Korean Action Flick ‘The Killer’
This South Korean action thriller boasts an impressive performance by Jang Hyuk as the seemingly stoic hitman Eui Kang, whose inner fire is unleashed through his impressive combat skills. However, the film’s lack of backstory or mythology for its characters makes it challenging for viewers to connect with them emotionally.
Director Choi Jae-hoon, who previously delivered the thrilling period action film “The Swordsman,” masterfully crafts innovative action choreography that sets this film apart from its contemporaries in the Asian cinema scene.
Jang Hyuk’s performance in “The Killer” solidifies his status as a bankable action star. He skillfully navigates between the roles of a family man and a silent assassin burdened by his past but yearning for a normal life.
While the film’s storyline and characterization may leave something to be desired compared to its John Wick-esque counterparts, “The Killer” still stands as one of the best recent action films due to its slick and stylish action sequences. If you’re in the mood for a no-nonsense, visually arresting action flick, “The Killer: A Girl Who Deserves To Die” is a must-watch.”
Title: The Killer: A Girl Who Deserves to Die (Korean: 더 킬러: 죽어도 되는 아이)
Genre: Action, Crime
Directed by Choi Jae-hoon (The Swordsman)
Written by Shin Dong-chul, Nam Ji-woong
Based on: The Novel – “The Kid Deserves to Die” by Bang Jin-ho
Starring: Jang Hyuk
Cinematography: Lee Yong-gab
Theatrical Release Date: July 13th, 2022
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean (English subtitles)