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Proof of concept
written by Belgand June 11, 2007 - 7:19 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
While this was a very high-grossing film in Korea it is not particularly good and wouldn't be notable in the United States. Yes, it has a political subtext dealing with the reunification of North and South Korea, but it's not a predominant part of the film. The thing that makes it notable is that it massively invigorated the Korean film industry by proving that they were capable of making a big-budget, Western-style film and making back plenty of money on it. This has spurred greater investment in the Korean film industry leading to a number of much better releases.

So, appreciate it's historical value, but I highly suggest ignoring this by-the-numbers action movie otherwise.

good, messy fun
written by carolynsearches August 18, 2003 - 10:14 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Oh come on, all you prior reviewers. Its an ACTION movie -- emphasis on the verb aspect of the movie. Sure its got cool cinimatography and the ubiquitous gore, better than most. Ever disected an Ahnold or Mel Gibson plot -- oh so plausible. Get a grip! If you like action movies and are sick of the same ol' American schlock, check this one out.

Mainstream Trash
written by jeffypop January 28, 2003 - 2:33 PM PST
2 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I watched this movie because I heard it was the highest grossing movie in Korea. But, like many of the highest grossing movies in America, it was total crap. Every scene was over-done and predictable, campy and cheesy until the painful end.

In the end, high-grossing big-budget flicks are doomed regardless of the country that produced them. I hope people in other countries don't take America's highest grossing movie, Titanic, as a representation of American film.

Five-Hankie Killing Spree
written by DPOWERS October 16, 2002 - 8:52 AM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
a five hankie movie, one for tears, four to get the blood off - nice strong role for the central woman, some good monologues, including a strange speech about the north/south split personality: half killer machine, half happy shopowner. a mockery of its own position.

in this movie everybody in south korea has a gun and is either a police officer or a killer spy - don't see it if you're queasy - the reality is fake, and only slightly to the left of kite, the japanese super-femme nikita story.

shiri's blend of brutality and melodrama is a taste of things to come from asian-pacific movies.

Ridiculous Action Movie from Korea
written by AMicone August 29, 2002 - 7:36 PM PDT
6 out of 14 members found this review helpful
Welcome to South Korea, a beautiful, clean, modern industrial city. All of the members of our elite crime fighting squads drive beautiful Korean made vehicles, use super high-technology Korean made spy gadgets, and eat in our super fabulous five-star restaraunts. Everything is happy in South Korea till nasty North Koreans set a plot terrorize our perfect city full of beautiful, well-dressed people.

Shiri might be abysmal if only for the fact that it seems to be alone as the only action movie ever produced by a chamber of commerce economic development committee. However, balancing this is its indavertently campy nature. For example, in scene after scene, in times of danger the elite police commando units seems to show up out of nowhere to save our protaganists, only to be slaughtered to the man. In times of calm they seem to show up simply to stalk around in an impressive commando-like style. The bad guys steal a weapon of tremendous power that they seem to have no idea what to do with, resulting in overtly complicated and fault prone attempts at terrorism. The movie's conclusion is ridiculous, poorly executed, and it never seems to end. As soon as you think its over, yet another scene unfolds, further compounding the ridiculous conclusion.

According to the film's marketing, this was one of the biggest action adventure movies to hit the the asian market. I can only conclude that it was because it was a big fish in a very shallow pond. To an American's eyes, this is amusing campy fun, perhaps well photographed with Hollywood level production values, but not something I'd reccommend for anything but a good laugh.


(Average 5.41)
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