The Thieves

The Thieves (2012)

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Once Macau Park and Pepsi pulls off their next big heist the couple plans marry. But, while pulling off their heist, there is a mysterious crash. Pepsi winds up going to prison, while Macao Park leaves for Macau. Pepsi is then released from prison on a special pardon given on a special day.
Pepsi, Popeye and Anycall then travel to Macau to steal a diamond worth 42 billion Won ($37 million USD). read moreIn Macau, the group runs into Macau Park who they thought went missing.

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Jan 5, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
So I decided to watch this movie since it was the only Korean film on a plane I was taking. I had also heard that it was Korean's Oceans Eleven, and since I had enjoyed that movie, i decided to try out this one. I was NOT disappointed.

Story 10/10: The story is extremely interesting and has you on the edge of your seat. At first you hate a character, then you're read more not so sure, and by the end your view has flipped every which way.

Acting/Cast 10/10 : The cast did an extremely great job. They were absolutely flawless and I loved watching them act together.

Music 6/10: I don't really remember much about the music. It fulfilled its part but it didn't stand out and I wont' really listen to the ost.

Rewatch Value 4/10 : I don't rewatch movies or dramas. But if a friend wants to watch this I would watch it with them for sure. The greatest thing about this movie is the plot twists and already knowing them does kind of put a damper on the film.

Overall 9/10: It's definitely a must watch. Especially if you're fans of action/heist movies. If you love films with lots of plot twists, then this is the perfect film for you.
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Apr 3, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
One of the most anticipated movies of the year 2012, with an all-star cast, filmed in Macao, Hongkong, Pusan and Seoul. Great expectations and great success. Sold nearly 13 million tickets making it the second most popular Korean movie, and the third overall in Korea (the first is the Avatar - 13.3 million , the second is The Host (2006) - 13mln). Because of that it grossed over 91 billion won (~ read more 85 million dollars) making it the best earning movie in the history of Korean cinema. This is the fourth and the most ambitious movie of director Choi Dong-Hun (The Big Swindle (2004), Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), Woochi: The Taoist Wizard (2009)). This is the essence of cinema presented earlier by Choi, plenty of twists and turns, with characters trying to outwit each other. Everything reminds a bit of Polish movie Vinci (2004) directed by Machulski .

What is this movie about? As you can guess it tells the story of group of thieves, and more surprisingly the main characters are Korean thieves. Popeye (Lee Jung-Jae) and his accomplices together with recently released from prison Pepsee (Kim Hye-Soo), go to Macau and join forces with Hong Kong's group of thieves led by Chen (Simon Yam), to steal a diamond called "Tear of the Sun" worth $20bn, from a man named Wei Hong (Ki Guk-Seo) just to to sell it to him later, and all this at the request of the former partner of Popeye, Macau Park (Kim Yun-Seok). Everything seems to be perfectly planned, but as usually, something goes wrong. As in a typical heist movie there are plenty of unstable alliances, betrayals... This movie is one of the best in the genre, not because it is somehow revolutionary, but because it almost perfectly meets all the requirements of the genre.

Let clarify something, Choi Dong-Hun has never done an ambitious/brilliant movie. What he did is a solid entertaining cinema. His productions never pretend to be more ambitious than they are and that makes them so popular. The director leads a confusing story with remarkable certainty so there are no boring moments and entire plot in a nice fast pace heads towards the final. What is somewhat surprising is the "internationality" of the movie. Earlier Korean cinema hits such as Silmido (2003), Taegugki (2004) and The Host (2006) were heavily immersed in Korean history and culture, The Thieves with its international locations and stars is a nice change.

In addition to well-realized storyline, excellent cast is highly responsible for the success of the movie. The most important character in the movie is Macao Park, played excellently by Kim Yun-Seok. Just like other notable Korean actors (among others Ahn Sung-Ki, Park Joong-Hoon, or Song Kang-Ho) does not have the looks of a movie star. Instead, he has an great charisma and talent. Together with him, Kim Hye-Soo, plays veteran Pepsee with great class and accompanying her Lee Jung-Jae thanks to excellent body language perfectly played insecure thieve Popeye. At the premiere of the movie everyone expected return Jeon Ji-Hyeon to Korean cinema after 5 years break caused by highly unsuccessful attempt to rise in Hollywood. The star which has gained popularity thanks to the movie My Sassy Girl (2001) returned to roots and once again played the role which is somewhat goody, yet beautiful.

Apart from the main stars we have Hong Kong superstar Simon Yam, who portrayed Chen. In the usual comedic role we have Oh Dal-Su, and as Zampano, rising to fame Kim Soo-Hyun . In the movie appeared even Shin Ha-Kyun. All the stars perfectly fit the characters and everyone gets a fair portion of screen time, because of that movie lasts 135min, which for some may be a downside, but it is worth it.

The Thieves is a very good action movie with a really good story, there is no moment that is getting boring. The perfect movie for a lazy afternoon, full of action, funny dialogues, with very good characters. Nearly 13 million viewers in Korea, proves that Choi knows how to make a good action movie that will appeal to virtually anyone. It is a movie that I can honestly recommend .
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    lealien Feb 4, 2017
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    PandaLova Aug 4, 2016

    Chewing gum and Chen are lowkey goals

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    Emily Jul 9, 2015

    I watched this ages ago, why is this not on my list!? Either way, this was kind of a strange movie from what I remember- which isn't very much. Is that a testament to the quality of this movie? *shrug*

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    nullberry Apr 12, 2015

    ı watched for gianna jun and this was fun to watching thieves life and when they are doing the mission was interesting

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    Talgikiwi Mar 12, 2015

    The neverending plot twists kinda turned me off, but otherwise a great movie

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    Pirado Aug 5, 2014

    I love this movie, if you have doubts I assure you, that it's worth watching. Love all characters, especially the female lead Yenicall, she is sexy and smart at the same time. This movie is full of traps and betrayals between all cast, they decide to steal a jewel as a team, but they are not allies at all.
    The ending is LOL.
    My score is 10.

    P.S: Sorry for my bad english, this is not my native language.

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    Gia Jul 7, 2014

    Only watched it for Ji Hyun and she's the only good part of the movie. o-o

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    kit1186 Jun 29, 2014

    I think the only good parts about this movie was Jeon Ji Hyun's parts. I loved her witty humor and scenes with Kim Soo Hyun.

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    YoonDaHee Jun 20, 2014 - edited

    how can I watch it ??

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    ELFishes Jun 13, 2014

    Great movie!

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    PickyMcpickleton May 27, 2014

    Meh, surprisingly didn't care for this even though I liked the cast. Unfortunately, it clearly was not trying to be solid with the plot. It's all over the place and feels like a cheap hollywood imitation with totally lackluster characters. Also, maybe due to the fact that we are in 2012 and this is a kind of "Oceans 11" dupe, the idea of robbers seems just so retro. I'm not docking marks for the idea but I must say when I was watching it, I was like my goodness, they should all just learn to hack instead of swinging around buildings with clearly 20th century technology...

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    karlasmalls May 6, 2014

    Kim Soo Hyun & Jun Ji Hyun make a good couple !

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    annyeonghaseyo Apr 8, 2014

    zampano and yenicall <3 <3

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    AnnGominho Apr 5, 2014

    Muito bom!!


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  • Release Date:

    Jul 25, 2012
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 19 min.


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