Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Assassination (2015)

Assassination (Review)
Choi Dong-hoon/Jun Ji-hyun/2015
Where to Watch:
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"...a very interesting and entertaining action film."

During the 1930s, a Korean independence group plots the assassination of a Japanese general and a Korean businessman, but the plot is complicated when a spy reports their activities...

Assassination is a bit complicated. The film begins in 1911 where Yeom Seok-jin (Lee Jung-jae) tries to assassinate a Japanese general and a pro-Japanese businessman, Kang In-guk. He fails and he's captured. Fast forward to the 1930s: Yeom Seok-jin is now the captain of an independence group. He's once again recruited to kill the same Japanese general and Korean businessman. This time, he is asked to enlist the help of Chu, Hwang, and Ahn Ok-yun (Jun Ji-hyun). From there, the film tosses a few twists and turns your way. A few of these twists felt forced and unnecessary, some rolled smoothly with the rest of the film. I don't want to spoil anything else, but let's just say a Korean hitman named "Hawaii Pistols" (Ha Jung-woo) also gets caught in this complex plot. The film leads to a decent ending.