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The Villainess- is a South Korean Action/female Bond-ish film that knocked my socks off.
If high speed video game inspired action/violence is your thing (Dredd 2012 - John Wick) it doesn't get better then this. The cinematography was superb, almost creating 3-D effects by POV camera manipulation. The plot was thick with characters played by more then one actor with a non-linear story presentation. It took two viewings for me to fully sort the story out but the second viewing was even more enjoyable then the first.
Anyone see it?
Have a great day!
Edits: 11/25/17Follow Ups:
As much I as enjoy Korean movies, Villainess was like watching 2 separate movies, one action-packed thrill ride and a second movie filled with ridiculous character/plot developments. Whenever the action ended and story/romance started, I wanted to fast forward.
Still, there's enough here for action fans to enjoy and kudos to the main actress and actor who had to train hard to shoot action and fight scenes for the sake of the movie.
For my tastes, some better balanced Korean action movies:
The Yellow Sea
I Saw The Devil
Hi Jon - Thank you for the recommendations and I like Korean cinema too -much appreciated.
Some of your insights were commonly shared in review sections and I can see how the non-linear backstory interspersed with action might not be to everyone's liking.
That said, to me, I appreciated the action more so - because it wasn't hitting me over the head constantly (like so many Hollywood cape movies) and as far as the characters being "ridiculous" - ha ha! I'm with you there! But I saw it as Anime based cinema more then a believable drama - so I gladly went along for the ride.
Thanks for your post and your point of view - I'll get on your movie references as soon as I can.
Have a great day!
Sure doesn't let up--but driving the car spread-eagled on the bonnet--WTF?
Fun enough I agree
Hi Des- Thanks for your post. It got me thinking and my apologies if I go on too long here..
Funny- after watching 'The Villainess' (twice) we watched 'The Heiress' with Olivia De Havilland and Montgomery Clift. It's a masterpiece. It felt reassuring to watch such great classic film that literally could have been performed in our living room.
That said, because Hollywood seems incapable of presenting any drama on the level of 'The Heiress' or 'Rear Window' etc. - I seem to be leaning towards what current cinema is doing best - video game/Anime inspired films like John Wick and the Villainess. I appreciate the editing, the virtuosic craftsmanship, the action, the choreography, the almost campy violence and by necessity, I totally suspend my belief.
I appreciated 'Hell or High Water' - but I can't say it was an *improvement* over 'No Country for Old Men', or 'In the Heat of the Night' - but 'Mad Max -Fury Road' in 3D was an advancement in cinema techniques. And it was exciting- the Ben-Hur of the new millenium.
Sure - 'The Villainess' and 'John Wick' are ridiculous "...driving the car spread-eagled...", but I think that's a-okay because these action-packed video game/Anime inspired films exemplify where cinema is evolving- and the bar seems to be getting higher. That's why I like 'em.
Have a great day!
Dead right the "older" classics you mention--I've seen them all--are thinking films that involve you in
their psych-you feel and are stirred by the performance and depth that reach your inner emotions !
MacDonalds Digital offerings like V and JW etc are great for the fast food fix--but no lasting mana
Guilty Pleasures only--ha!
Billy- I paid a $3.99 rental fee on Amazon - If you pay for it I'll feel kinda bad if you don't like it ...
For what it's worth - I just bought the DVD on eBay for 10 bucks with shipping.
Thank you for all your informative, enjoyable posts- and have a great day -Jim
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