Movie Monday: The Thieves (2012)

Starring: Kim Yun-Seok as Macao Park, Kim Hye-Soo as Pepsee, Lee Jung-Jae as Popie, Gianna Jun as Yenicall, Kim Hae-Suk as Chewingum and Kim Soo-Hyun as Zampano

Rating: PG-13, some violence and language

Running Time: 135 min


Synopsis: Macau Park and Pepsee decide to pull off their next big heist and then marry. But, while pulling off their heist, there is a mysterious crash. Pepsee winds up going to prison, while Macao Park leaves for Macau. Once released from prison, Pepsee travels to Macau with Popie and Yenicall to steal a diamond worth 42 billion Won ($37 million USD). In Macau, the group runs into Macau Park who they thought went missing. Along with the Hong Kong group of thieves in Macau to steal the same diamond, the two teams work together in what will surely turn out to be the heist of their lives, but the 10 thieves all have their own agendas.

Meet the Korean thieves:

Macao Park, a master thief and the leader of this Korean gang.

Popie, the muscle man and number 2 guy.

Pepsee, the electronics specialist and safe-cracker

Yenicall, the beauty and all-around girl

Zampano, the youngster

Musings: I just love caper movies! This so reminds me of Ocean’s Eleven (I’m a HUGE Brad Pitt fangirl)! Right out of the box, the first score is hilarious as Yenicall is playing the daughter as Chewingum plays the mother while the others rip off the Director of Art Gallery Lee, played by Shin Ha-Kyun in a guest appearance.

Once the Korean gang get together and flies to Macau for the diamond caper, it just gets more and more interesting as we watch them plan with the Hong Kong gang how they are going to break into the casino to steal the diamond. There is a moment of a flashback so that we, the viewers can see just what happened 4 years ago that caused Pepsee to go to prison. But after that, the story does return nicely to the present. One of the funniest scenes was when Yenicall and Zampano went to the bar to steal the casino manager’s scan card badge for the casino. They were expecting him to fall for Yenicall while Zampamo did the stealing. Nope, that’s not what happened!

They plan. They practice. You get the idea that this is going to be one heck of a caper! But of course, when large sums of money are involved, there must be intrigue, deceit and betrayal!

The Thieves definitely gives you that large scale, big budget movie vibe from start to finish. It fits well into the Action and Adventure genre, if that is your thing. I especially liked the interactions between the actors, both Korean and Hong Kong stars. I admit to not being familiar with all of the Chinese actors but I have seen a couple in other Chinese action movies.

Be prepared for some serious action stunts! The car accidents are like none you’ve ever seen before! The movie is in English, Korean and Chinese as different characters will speak one or all of the languages. I admit to never being a fan of Kim Soo Hyun’s until now. He was great in this!

“The Thieves” has sold a total of 12.98 million tickets, trailing only “The Host” (13 million) and “Avatar” (13.3 million) to become the third best selling film at the South Korean box-office upon the end of its theatrical run.

Trailer is available on the YouTube Website only. The movie is available on several sites. Ask me if your interested. Also is available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.

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5 thoughts on “Movie Monday: The Thieves (2012)”

  1. I understand why this movie was so popular and I’ve quite enjoyed it. However, I do think that the story was a bit flat… To be fair, I don’t think that the tight storyline is the specialty of caper movies, so can’t really blame it on the writer 😉 I really wanted to see more of Kim Soo Hyun, though (fangirl speaking heh)

    1. All of the caper movies I’ve ever seen are about the next heist, con or score; rarely about the story.

  2. Thanks for the review! I just watched this over the last few nights and enjoyed it, especially the final half hour! Man that,was tense! I’ve not watched Ocean’s Ten etc so i can’t make any comparisons, but the action scenes were decent, esp the wire work!

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