The Villainess

2017, Action, 2h 9m

86 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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The Villainess offers enough pure kinetic thrills to satisfy genre enthusiasts -- and carve out a bloody niche for itself in modern Korean action cinema. Read critic reviews

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Honed from childhood to be an elite assassin, Sook-hee embarks on a rampage of violence and revenge to finally earn her freedom and escape her past.

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  • The Villainess is an action film that simultaneously echoes the spirit of 90s Asian action movies, the cinema of Park Chan-wook and even Euro crime-thriller classics...and yet feels...contemporary in its unrelenting energy and aesthetic polish

    August 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [The Villainness] is 2017's most breathtakingly unhinged action film.

    September 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Villainess is an ambitious, exhilarating, and harrowing film that does South Korea's tradition of top-notch thrillers proud.

    September 18, 2017 | Full Review…
  • With a body count in triple digits before the opening credits finish, the bloodily inventive fight sequences work better than the emotional scenes here - and sensible shoes aside, director Jung Byung-gil doesn't bring much new to the genre.

    September 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Villainess" spins with dynamic energy of wanton mayhem and operatic displays of graphic violence when the talking stops and confrontations begin.

    April 12, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Frenzied and kinetic, The Villainess careens all over the place with reckless abandon, where it hits manic, thrilling, dangling-off-a-speeding-bus-while-wielding-a-hatchet highs.

    July 1, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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