Assassination (2015)

Assassination (2015)

Assassination (2015)

South Korean espionage drama set in 1933, when Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army. The Provisional Government tasks three experts to assassinate the Japanese Commander - a sniper, a young military man, and an explosives expert.

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong violence140 minsSouth KoreaKorean with English subtitles
ThrillerHistoricalWorld Cinema

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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Assassination is Korea’s rollicking answer to those big, old-fashioned, star-studded spectacle movies that one can imagine John Sturges or J. Lee Thompson making in their ‘60s heyday. Equal parts lavish historical drama, mission-driven espionage thriller and pulpy revenge pic, it’s unrepentantly bloated, but it is also the fastest-moving, most giddily pleasurable 140 minutes I’ve spent in a theatre in quite some time.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A sensationally entertaining mash-up of historical drama, "Dirty Dozen" style shoot-'em-up, spaghetti Western-flavored flamboyance, and extended action set pieces that suggest a dream-team collaboration of Sergio Leone, John Woo and Steven Spielberg.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This unnecessarily lengthy homage to resistance chooses breadth over depth at every turn.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Dong-hoon keeps the unapologetically mainstream but twisty story moving along engagingly despite some less-than-seamless shifts in time.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Spirited action blockbuster goes astray.

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Assassination is Korea’s rollicking answer to those big, old-fashioned, star-studded spectacle movies that one can imagine John Sturges or J. Lee Thompson making in their ‘60s heyday. Equal parts lavish historical drama, mission-driven espionage thriller and pulpy revenge pic, it’s unrepentantly bloated, but it is also the fastest-moving, most giddily pleasurable 140 minutes I’ve spent in a theatre in quite some time.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A sensationally entertaining mash-up of historical drama, "Dirty Dozen" style shoot-'em-up, spaghetti Western-flavored flamboyance, and extended action set pieces that suggest a dream-team collaboration of Sergio Leone, John Woo and Steven Spielberg.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This unnecessarily lengthy homage to resistance chooses breadth over depth at every turn.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Dong-hoon keeps the unapologetically mainstream but twisty story moving along engagingly despite some less-than-seamless shifts in time.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Spirited action blockbuster goes astray.

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