‘The Thieves’ Trailer: ‘Ocean’s Eleven’-Style Heist Flick Beats Out ‘The Host’ as Most-Watched Korean Movie of All Time
Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
In 2006, Joon-ho Bong’s The Host set the record for the highest-grossing Korean film of all time, but apparently sea monsters are no match for attractive criminals. This summer saw The Host‘s figure defeated by Dong-hun Choi‘s The Thieves, a heist flick that looks from here like a Korean Ocean’s Eleven with touches of Mission: Impossible.
Starring Yun-seok Kim, Hye-soo Kim, Gianna Jun, Jung-jae Lee, Simon Yam, Hae-sook Kim, and Dal-soo Oh, the plot centers around a group of top burglars plotting to steal the $20 million, 318-carat Tear of the Sun diamond from a highly fortified Macau casino. The Thieves is now headed for a Stateside release, and we have a new trailer after the jump.
The Thieves doesn’t look quite as stylish as Soderbergh’s hit, and there doesn’t seem to be much here that’ll surprise fans of the caper subgenre. But should you find yourself in the mood for a slick little thriller with a healthy sense of humor, this should definitely hit the spot. The Thieves gets a limited U.S. release starting this Friday, October 12.
It’s the score of their lives–if they can pull it off. Five thieves at the top of their game, and the crew is assembling for their biggest job yet. Popie’s the muscle and brains, Pepsee’s the safecracker. Yenicall climbs walls, Zampano is the strategy man, and Chewingum is the master of disguise. But this new score–it’s hot. Maybe too hot. But who can resist the Tear of The Sun: a 318-carat diamond, worth 20 million dollars, and locked away in a casino. The vault is impenetrable, the location covered in cops, and everyone knows there’s no honor among thieves–especially not the crew Macao Park, Popie’s old partner, has forced their team to work with. As they gear up and stroll into the casino with a plan, skills, and a whole lot of nerve, they quickly learn that avoiding the cops may not be their toughest problem. What’s Macao Park’s real motive? Who will betray them all? And who will walk away with the diamond?