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Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Angelica Lee (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor)
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The Thieves (2012) (DVD) (US Version)
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Korea's answer to Ocean's Eleven, The Thieves has turned into the highest-grossing Korean film of all time. Tazza: The High Rollers director Choi Dong Hun's heist film brings together a stunning ensemble cast of Korean and Chinese stars. A-listers Lee Jung Jae, Kim Yoon Seok, Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Hye Su are joined by veteran actress Kim Hae Suk, character actor Oh Dal Soo, rising star Kim Soo Hyun, and Hong Kong actors Simon Yam, Angelica Lee and Derek Tsang for the blockbuster thriller. Shot in Macau, Hong Kong and Korea, the film revolves around ten thieves with different skills and agendas who collaborate and compete to steal a famous diamond from a casino. With its staggering star power and unpredictable, action-packed story, The Thieves is pure cinematic entertainment from beginning to end.

Professional thieves Popeye (Lee Jung Jae), Yenicall (Jeon Ji Hyun), Chewinggum (Kim Hae Suk) and Zampano (Kim Soo Hyun) work together seamlessly to swindle and score hits. Fresh out of prison, Pepsi (Kim Hye Su) also joins the team – just in time for a call from an old friend, Macao Park (Kim Yoon Seok). Former partners Popeye, Pepsi and Macao have a loaded history: a failed job and suspected betrayal a few years ago sent Pepsi to jail and Popeye and Macao their separate ways. Now Macao is rounding up Popeye's crew along with four Hong Kong thieves – Chen (Simon Yam), Andrew (Oh Dal Soo), Julie (Angelica Lee) and Johnny (Derek Kwok) – for one big, elaborate hit at a Macau casino. The target: a diamond worth $20 million.

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Product Title: The Thieves (2012) (DVD) (US Version) 盜賊門 (2012) (DVD) (美國版) 盗贼门 (2012) (DVD) (美国版) 泥棒たち (2012) (DVD) (US版) 도둑들
Also known as: 神偷大劫案 / 盜海豪情 / 竊賊們 / 盜賊聯盟 / 盜賊同盟 神偷大劫案 / 盗海豪情 / 窃贼们 / 盗贼联盟 / 盗贼同盟
Artist Name(s): Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Angelica Lee (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Kim Hye Soo (Actor) | Shin Ha Kyun (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Kim Soo Hyun (Actor) 全 智賢 (Actor) | 李政宰 (Actor) | 李心潔 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 金 慧秀 (Actor) | 申河均 (Actor) | 曾國祥 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 吳達庶 (Actor) | 金允錫 (Actor) | 金秀賢 (Actor) 全 智贤 (Actor) | 李政宰 (Actor) | 李心洁 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 金 慧秀 (Actor) | 申河均 (Actor) | 曾国祥 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 吴达庶 (Actor) | 金允锡 (Actor) | 金秀贤 (Actor) チョン・ジヒョン (Actor) | イ・ジョンジェ (Actor) | 李心潔(アンジェリカ・リー) (Actor) | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | キム・ヘス (Actor) | シン・ハギュン (Actor) | 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) (Actor) | キム・ヘスク (Actor) | オ・ダルス (Actor) | キム・ユンソク (Actor) | キム・スヒョン (Actor) 전 지현 (Actor) | 이정재 (Actor) | Angelica Lee (Actor) | 임 달화 (Actor) | 김혜수 (Actor) | 신 하균 (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | 김해숙 (Actor) | 오달수 (Actor) | 김윤석 (Actor) | 김수현 (Actor)
Director: Choi Dong Hun 崔東勳 崔东勋 チェ・ドンフン 최동훈
Release Date: 2013-02-12
UPC Code: 812491013878
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Duration: 135 (mins)
Publisher: Well Go USA, Inc.
Package Weight: 104 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032178347

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Professional Review of "The Thieves (2012) (DVD) (US Version)"

February 28, 2013

This professional review refers to The Thieves (Blu-ray) (Coffee Book) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Rarely do event films come as big or as eagerly anticipated as Korean blockbuster The Thieves boasting an amazing ensemble cast of top pan-Asian talent, exotic shooting locales and a heist caper plot which has won comparisons to Steven Soderbergh's popular series. The film was written and directed by Choi Dong Hun, who should really be better known after turning out some of the best Korean cinema of the last few years, including The Big Swindle, Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard and the superb Tazza: The High Rollers and who again here takes what could have been a relatively high concept premise and enriches it with engaging characters and multi-layered scheming. The film more than lived up to its billing, emerging as the biggest domestic box office hit of all time (or the second biggest, still falling slightly behind The Host depending on which source you read) with over 12 million admissions, in addition to garnering a long list of nominations at the Grand Bell and Blue Dragon Awards.

The thieves of the title are a group of experienced professionals, led by Popeye (Lee Jung Jae, The Housemaid), backed by the acrobatic Yenicall (Jeon Ji Hyun, My Sassy Girl), veteran Chewinggum (Kim Hae Suk, Mama) and the young but capable Zampano (upcoming star Kim Soo Hyun, recently in the popular television show Dream High), the film opening with them skilfully swindling a rich businessman. Popeye brings them news of a dangerous, though potentially very lucrative score, working with his former partner Macao Park (Kim Yoon Seok, The Yellow Sea) to steal the fabulous Tear of the Sun diamond from a casino in Macau and sell it back to a notoriously vicious criminal called Wei Hong. Joined by the newly released from jail Pepsi (Kim Hye Su, Tazza), who shares a chequered history with Macao and Popeye, the Koreans team up with the Chinese thieves Chen (Simon Yam, Election), Andrew (Oh Dal Soo, Traffickers), Julie (Angelica Lee, The Eye) and Johnny (Derek Tsang, Girl$), and start to plot the hit. Needless to say, things don't go even remotely as planned, and with the police on their trail, the gang find their various allegiances and partnerships sorely tested.

The Ocean's Eleven comparisons are fair enough, as The Thieves certainly aims for the same kind of ensemble caper, mixing together various subplots with equal measures comedy and drama. However, Choi Dong Hun's approach is a little different, and without wishing to give much away, there's less focus on the central heist itself, with the film quickly going off in a variety of other directions. The script is far more character driven, and where Soderbergh went for a hip detachedness from his characters, Choi goes to some lengths to flesh them out and to invest more in their various relationships. This is something he has proved very good at it the past, and though the script doesn't quite have the depth of Tazza, the film does have a certain amount of emotional engagement, and a few surprising and rewarding melodramatic beats. Caring about the characters definitely gives the film more weight, helped by solid acting all round from the cast, in particular the always excellent Kim Yoon Seok, Kim Hye Su and Simon Yam (naturally), with Jeon Ji Hyun throwing in a fun turn.

All of this is mixed very skilfully with a complex plot, and the film certainly has a great deal going on, fairly rushing between its many twists and revelations. Though it can be a bit exhausting at times, Choi does his best to keep the viewer guessing through till the end, and there are some very entertaining surprises and character reversals along the way in fine Hitchcockian style. The script's emotional depth helps to make things all the more suspenseful, and with the comic relief, mostly from Jeon Ji Hyun, thankfully never being over done, the film is for the most part gripping and suspenseful, at least until the final act, Choi switching gears for the last half hour or so and going for all out action. While he does a decent job of throwing in some full on blockbuster set pieces, including a spectacular vertical battle on the side of a building, the bombastic wrap up is somewhat at odds with the rest of the film, and feels a little superfluous. Still, the thrills are well-handled and make good use of what must have been a pretty high budget, and inject a final spurt of pace into what at over two hours is a fairly long film.

This is a relatively minor complaint, and The Thieves is a hugely enjoyable piece of cinema that's well deserving of its success and accolades, confirming Choi Dong Hun as one of the country's top talents. Proof again that commercial entertainment need not be simply dumb fun, it's an intelligent, character rich genre pic with a superb cast and polished direction which comes recommended for all.

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Customer Review of "The Thieves (2012) (DVD) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (3)

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March 14, 2015

This customer review refers to The Thieves (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Cover Picture not as Shown Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I enjoyed watching this movie and its HK/Korean cast - Simon Yam is good as always, though I have to admit I bought this for Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun.

Please NOTE: the DVD cover is NOT as shown here, the cover is a photo of Jun Ji Hyun and a photo of Kim Soo Hyun placed side by side. It looks like a Photoshop job.
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December 1, 2014

This customer review refers to The Thieves (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Top-notch caper film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It's 'dishonor among thieves' in director Choi Dong Hun's sprawling, big-big budget heist thriller, "The Thieves". Bloodthirsty criminal Wei Hong has stolen the ultra-valuable "Tear of the Sun" diamond necklace and stashed it in a Macau casino's safe. Master thief Macao Park (Kim Yoon Seok) develops an audacious plan to steal the necklace from the casino, then sell it back to Wei. To pull off his elaborate scheme, Park pulls together teams of highly trained and experienced crooks from both Korea and Hong Kong. What could possibly go wrong?

But things do begin to go wrong. Thieves being thieves, no one trusts each other and everyone is looking out for their own greedy best interest. One of their number turns out to be an undercover cop. Soon it's every man (and woman) for himself or herself, with cops and killer Wei Hong hot on their trail.

Director Choi's substantial budget is well spent on lush backdrops, astounding action sequences, and a terrific cast. Particularly good are Jeon Ji Hyun as a sharp-tongued acrobat skilled at gaining access to any room in any skyscraping building, Lee Jung Jae as a thoroughly amoral scam artist, and Kim Hye Su as the gang's safecracker, steamy in a form-fitting black dress slit up to here, who can't forget her former love for Macao Park. Choi keeps the story moving at a breakneck clip and laces the film with biting humor.

"The Thieves" makes a great companion piece to Choi's earlier film "Tazza: The High Rollers". What "Tazza" does on an intriguingly intimate scale, "The Thieves" does on the biggest of canvases. Both films are very highly recommended.
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March 11, 2013

This customer review refers to The Thieves (DVD) (3-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Chasing the Diamond Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
By restricted exchange methods, no matter if its The Italian Job, Oceans 11 or The Thieves, movie crooks of limited opportunity are driven by theft to accomplish lots of exchangeable objects for large amounts of satisfying materialism; a massive luxurious abode, a lake sized swimming pool and guaranteed profitable real estate (or something that explodes). And a Tears of the Sun diamond would come in nicely to exchange for massive cash and bought happiness, moving away from the socially engineered rat race! But preferably, the spiritually rejuvenating beauty of the natural landscape could alchemically ‘transform’ a chasing-the-money mindset and conforming systems of restriction, into happiness. Well, “The Thieves” endeavour determination of the material (and something a lot more upmarket than two trees and a hammock), as several Korean professional antique lifters led by Popie (Jung-jae Lee) boldly attempt a very tricky theft of obtaining a super expensive diamond necklace (the Sun Tears Orb thingy) from a complex mechanized safe within a high security Macau casino. The Korean theft team also band up with a Chinese racket. But when the thieves successfully reach their target safe, and get busy drilling, micro-camera probing and twisting obstinate safe dials, they’re suddenly tricked by a police sting, causing the nimble fingered to desperately scarper without the gem. Later the gang learn they’ve also been hoodwinked by Popie’s former partner in crime, Macao (Yoon-seok Kim) who successfully nabs the golden gem. Unhappy by betrayal, Popie, Pepsee and Yenicall seek out Macao but end up confronting highly dangerous gun wielding Chinese gangsters in a final action shoot out to obtain the enticing jewel.

“The Thieves” is a familiar HK gangster type with dry humour, gadgets and guns, gritty camaraderie, adrenaline ‘gamer’ action and stealing. The shoot out and Macao’s ‘Bourne’ type outer building run reminded me of video games like F.E.A.R. and Mirrors Edge and with Ji-hyun’s Yenicall doing some Lara Croft ‘Legend’ tower block bits, too. But “The Thieves” (a lighter Tazza) is good with a very nice cast line up. It was great to see a movie with Ji-hyun and Angelica together and Hye-soo as adept safebreaker Pepsee (the safe mechanized bit was quite Surprised to see Soo-hyun Kim here and getting to snog Ji-hyun; no wonder this was a big hit! But this is a big budget Korean action film, with bells, whistles and things, and pretty darn good, too.
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