Another action blockbuster, “Assassination” was the highest grossing film in 2015 and the eighth all-time highest grossing film in Korean cinema.
The film is set during the Japanese occupation of the country in the 1930s and tells the tale of a team of resistance fighters. A sniper named Ahn Ok Yun, a gun smuggler and a graduate of the Independence Military School named Chu Sang Ok, and explosives specialist Hwang Deok Sam are tasked with the assassination of the governor of Gyeongseong and a Korean mogul who is pro-Japanese. However, treachery lurks inside the resistance lines.
Choi Dong Hoon directed a film that moves quite rapidly, occasionally looking like a music video, and entailed a number of the genres’ favorite techniques and notions, including women fighters, unexpected humor, martial arts, impressive action scenes, and a number of flashbacks.
Furthermore, he presented a clear dilemma between patriotism and profit, building upon it in most of his script. However, the movie becomes naive and unreal at points, a fact that nevertheless hides well beneath the impressive action.
Technically, “Assassination” is a true masterpiece, with the cinematography, the set design and the action choreography being utterly magnificent.