Fantastic camera work, set design, aesthetics, emotions, and
explosive action. HINT: If you do not know Korean (like myself)
nor are super familiar with their history particularly in their struggle
to break from Japanese Occupation, give yourself time to watch parts over
and over, and read up a bit even. I had to do this a bit during the film, but it
simply made the film yet more epic, and that is a good word for it: Epic.
I had seen Ji-Hyun Jun (also called Gianna) in "Blood: the Last Vampire" which
she did as a very young actress, and she had an enigmatic presence elevating the
film "above" the genre (i put "above" in quotes as i'm not really trying to put
a hierarchy of value on types of motion pictures). It was great seeing her as a far
more mature actress handling a complex role.
If anyone has watched the amazing Series, "Mr. Sunshine", this motion picture, "Assassination",
gives a different handling, and in movie, not series, form of the types of tensions and
dramas in this period of Korean life, well Mr. Sunshine takes place 45 years before, so it's
a step toward the stage of the ultimate liberation of Korea and Korean Independence.
Anyway, it's a beautiful, action packed (and well done action and fighting scenes again "elevating"
them above simple violence for violence sake and giving them a bit of the lofty handlings of
fighting within a greater gestalt for example as in, "Lawrence of Arabia", although "Assassination"
is a far more finite, less expansive or "Major"motion picture, maybe more "intimate" to use
an imperfect word.
Great film. Great acting by Ji-Hyun Jun in watching her now maturing into different roles,
and quite well done. I wish I could speak and understand Korean, but the subtitles worked.
Beautiful motion picture.