The Thieves/도둑들



A heist film well worth 135 minutes.  I was interested in seeing this movie for one reason: Kim Hye Soo. I absolutely loved her in Queen of the Office, so I had to see this movie, and let me say, I was not disappointed. Although you might feel there are similarities to Hollywood’s Ocean’s Eleven, it doesn’t take long to shake that feeling. The Thieves definitely becomes its own with its clever twists, turns, and action-filled sequences.

Movie synopsis~

In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye’s old partner Macau Park, who escaped with 68kg of gold several years ago on their last job together. Macau Park brought Chinese thieves as well but little did they know what Macau Park planned for each one of them. His plan takes an unexpected turn when Popeye brings Pepsee, a genius safe-cracker and old flame of Macau Park, to settle the old score. The thieves’ target is a $20 million diamond known as ‘Tear of the Sun’, kept safely away in a casino, brought there to be sold by a notorious Chinese fence. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves. But who will succeed and live to see another day?

Check out the movie trailer below:


Final thoughts~

Even though there are several ‘main’ characters, the storyline is crisp and doesn’t drift off course. The characters are introduced using brilliant flashbacks, and the technology and action sequences are entertaining and enjoyable. This movie is funny, sexy, and thrilling; throw a little romance into the mix, and it pretty much covers its bases in being a successful Korean film. It’s really no wonder it was a huge box office success. I highly recommend it!

I give this a 4/5


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8 thoughts on “The Thieves/도둑들

  1. I recently saw this movie as well, but my reason had more to do with Jun Ji-hyun 🙂 I like her and also Kim Hae-sook a lot in this film.
    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I heard about the similarities with Ocean’s Eleven, but I felt this this film was much deeper with a lot of emotional undertones.
    Totally agree with your thoughts and recommendation!

    • Thank you for your comment!

      I’m so glad to hear that you also liked it! While I watched the film for Kim Hye Soo, I was blown away by the rest of the cast! I totally agree that this film was deeper with emotional undertones. It’s part of the reason I enjoy K-Cinema so~ much! 😀

      • I’m stil very unfamiliar with K-Cinema so finding my way. But there’s currently a Korean film festival in London and I’m going to one this week called ‘The Dinner’ or something like that. Can’t remember the director. Do you know it? I think it’s a bit of am Indie-movie.

      • I haven’t heard of it, but just looked it up. It looks like it is an indie film. You’ll have to let me know how you liked it!

        I think that’s great that you will be able to attend the film festival. I really hope you have a great time!

      • Will do 🙂
        Incidentally, will watch the last episode of My Secret Hotel tonight. Am bit disappointed by it after the promiaing start. My next K drama will be Liar Game or Panda and Hedgehog. Am inclined the latter as I recall you saying you liked it.

      • I hope the final episode of My Secret Hotel is somewhat satisfying. I understand about being disappointed. I felt the same way about My Lovely Girl. It held such promise, but for me, it failed to deliver. I have heard good things about Liar Game, but haven’t seen that one yet. Panda & Hedgehog is quickly becoming a favorite for me! Ifelt like it was slow to start, but have really enjoyed it. The story really gets going, the more you watch! I will be watching the final episode tonight!

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