Region Code : 3
Artist Name(s) : Park Shin Yang | Yeom Jung Ah
Language : Korean
Subtitle : English , Korean
Duration : 115 Minutes
Package Weight : 210 g
Publisher : Korea - Starmax Co., Ltd.
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Korean mystery action movies have so far failed to impress local audiences. "The Big Swindle," which is about five swindlers and their bank robbery, is new and different in many ways from its predecessors. First of all, the storyline proceeds fast and smooth. Those in the movie are attractive: Baik Yunsik, the alien of "Save the Green Planet," and actress Yeom Jeonga are among them, not to mention of Park Sinyang. Last but not the least, the movie is concluded in a Korean way, though it apparently uses Hollywood movies as its textbook. Like other well-made robbery movies such as "The Sting" and "Oceans Eleven," neither much blood nor violence is seen. Five swindlers manage to snatch five billion won from the Bank of Korea. On their very moment of success, however, somebody rats to the police. One is arrested, the other is shot dead and the remaining others flee but the whereabouts of the money remains at large. Now, the director wants to play the game with the audience over what the trick is and who the real winner would be. By about two-thirds of the movie, it becomes quite obvious who will smile in the long run. So, the virtue of the movie doesn't lie in the swindler's or director's trick. Rather it's in the director-written script. The jargons are very vivid and the way of the actors' behavior is so plausible enough to make the audience willing to get cheated. "Operate" means in the movie "swindle." "Swindle" is described as "turning the dish." Foreign audiences may not be able to savor all the verbal feasts, but hopefully will get a taste of the world of professional swindlers. The main story is based on a real bank robbery in a regional city in Korea. All the other swindler cases are also based on real ones. In an interview, the director said that his major interest was not casting light on excellent tricks but on third-rate human beings. "Life itself is interesting in that everybody is third rate any way," Choi said. "Third Rate" means in Korea social underdogs. An interesting tidbit is that when the movie was released in April 2004, the Bank of Korea beefed up its security for fear of copycat robberies. The popularity of Paik Yoonsik is hitting the upper limits (another Korean expression for huge popularity). The 57-year-old charismatic actor has recently provided another news story by appearing in the rookie singer Mr. Kim's music video as a guitarist.