SHIRI Add To My Top 10

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Release Date: February 08, 2002

Starring: Suk-kyu Han, Min-sik Choi, Yoon-jin Kim, Kang-ho Song, and Derek Kim

Genre: Action Adventure/Thriller/Spy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults
REVIEWER: Bruce
Donaldson SHIRI tells the
story of a rogue North Korean
Special Forces team that has
forcefully stolen a new
volatile explosive called CTX
from the South Koreans. One
gallon of the liquid explosive
can take out an entire city.
The communist bad guys intend
to use the explosives to
destroy the "corrupt
politicians" attending the
North and South Korean
reunification meetings being
celebrated at a special soccer
match hosted by South Korea.
The reason for the violence,
explained by the communist
leader, is that while South
Korea enjoys the fruit of
capitalism, the North Koreans
suffer under communism. He
says that some actually eat
their dead family members to
survive. He is upset that
prosperous South Korea does
nothing to help, while his own
leaders let the people die. In
his view, all of the current
batch of political leaders are
corrupt and must die in order
for a new set of leaders to
rise. In my regional political
ignorance, I have to assume
that the South Korean people
hear this skewed reasoning all
the time. The people under
North Korean communism will
blame everyone except the
useless political system they
are under. The rogue leader in
SHIRI has decided to kill them
all while hoping that bloody
revolution (a tenet of
communism) will sort it all
out. The movie starts out
bloody and maintains a
gruesome level of gore
throughout. A female soldier
named "Hee" (Yoon-jin Kim) is
being trained in the North
Korean 8th Special Forces. She
is seen excelling beyond the
abilities of most of the men
around her. The training
scenes are saturated with
blood. The Special Forces are
shown raiding villages and
viciously killing their
enemies. Later, they are using
their live prisoners in
bayonet, knife and target
practice -- just gruesome. I
guess the filmmakers are
establishing just how
formidable a warrior Hee is.
She retires from the Special
Forces with honors and
disappears somewhere into
South Korea reemerging as a
sniper for her rogue leader.
South Korea's "O.P."
intelligence agents, Yu
(Suk-kyu Han) and his partner,
Lee (Kang-ho Song), are well
aware of Hee's activities in
their country and are doing
their best to track her down
as she extends her list of
political kills. Their urgency
is multiplied when it is
discovered that Hee is working
with the crew that hijacked
the volatile South Korean
explosive CTX. The North
Korean Special Forces team has
placed deposits of CTX in the
South Korean soccer stadium in
order to kill all of the
politicians involve in
national reunification
efforts. During the ensuing
investigation and pursuit,
O.P. agent Yu discovers that
his problems are much closer
to home than anticipated. He
eventually has to choose
between love and country. How
will he choose? Will the angry
North Korean Special Forces
have their way and launch a
bloody revolution that
reunites the Koreas under more
"capable" leadership? SHIRI
may be an interesting study on
political perception, but
wading through the violence
and gore is not worth it.
Excessive violence makes this
movie unacceptable. Please
address your comments
to: Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.,
Chairman/CEO The Samuel
Goldwyn Co. 10203 Santa Monica
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
90067 Phone: (310)
552-2255 Fax: (310) 284-8493

Rating: R

Runtime: 125 minutes

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films CONTENT: (H, B, AC, Acap, L, VVV, S, N, AA, D, M) Humanist worldview with a moral, anti-Communist theme of South Korean intelligence fending off a rogue communist revolutionary force where the leader of the North Korean force complains that the South Korean people enjoy the good fruit of capitalism while his own people starve; six obscenities (five are the "F" word) and two mild curses; extreme violence includes threatened mass destruction, car wrecks, special forces training with live prisoners of war, trainee freaks out over the blood and is shot in head by commander, live prisoners tied to posts and used for bayonet and knife practice, raids lead to bloody massacres with many necks broken on screen, one raider bites man in neck to sever his jugular vein; people literally dripping in blood, bloody images of sniper victims with head, neck and chest wounds, leftovers shown of person who shoots himself in the head; sniper victim shown on autopsy slab with wounds being examined, massive explosion causes burning bodies to fall from the sky onto the streets and many cars, woman commits suicide by swallowing a bomb rather than being taken into custody - goopy explosion shown, bodies ripped to shreds by machine gun fire, man's leg shot off at knee, and bloody knife fight in slow-motion; implied fornication with unmarried couple in bed cuddling; man without shirt in bed; alcoholic falls off the wagon, she is obviously drowning the sorrows of her guilty conscience; smoking; and, lying and political envy.

Director: Je-gyu Kang

Executive Producer:

Producer: Moo-Rim Byun and Kwan-hak Lee

Writer: Je-gyu Kang

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(H, B, AC, Acap, L, VVV, S, N, AA, D, M) Humanist worldview with a moral, anti-Communist theme of South Korean intelligence fending off a rogue communist revolutionary force where the leader of the North Korean force complains that the South Korean people enjoy the good fruit of capitalism while his own people starve; six obscenities (five are the "F" word) and two mild curses; extreme violence includes threatened mass destruction, car wrecks, special forces training with live prisoners of war, trainee freaks out over the blood and is shot in head by commander, live prisoners tied to posts and used for bayonet and knife practice, raids lead to bloody massacres with many necks broken on screen, one raider bites man in neck to sever his jugular vein; people literally dripping in blood, bloody images of sniper victims with head, neck and chest wounds, leftovers shown of person who shoots himself in the head; sniper victim shown on autopsy slab with wounds being examined, massive explosion causes burning bodies to fall from the sky onto the streets and many cars, woman commits suicide by swallowing a bomb rather than being taken into custody - goopy explosion shown, bodies ripped to shreds by machine gun fire, man's leg shot off at knee, and bloody knife fight in slow-motion; implied fornication with unmarried couple in bed cuddling; man without shirt in bed; alcoholic falls off the wagon, she is obviously drowning the sorrows of her guilty conscience; smoking; and, lying and political envy.

GENRE: Action Adventure/Thriller/Spy

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Summary:

SHIRI is a film about a rogue North Korean Special Forces team, and their female super-sniper, that robs South Korea of the volatile explosive, "CTX," threatening to use it in the annihilation of most of the city in order to eliminate "corrupt politicians" meeting to discuss their countries' reunification. Gory from the start, this political thriller is excessively violent.

Review:

SHIRI tells the story of a rogue North Korean Special Forces team that has forcefully stolen a new volatile explosive called CTX from the South Koreans. One gallon of the liquid explosive can take out an entire city. The communist bad guys intend to use the explosives to destroy the "corrupt politicians" attending the North and South Korean reunification meetings being celebrated at a special soccer match hosted by South Korea.

The reason for the violence, explained by the communist leader, is that while South Korea enjoys the fruit of capitalism, the North Koreans suffer under communism. He says that some actually eat their dead family members to survive. He is upset that prosperous South Korea does nothing to help, while his own leaders let the people die. In his view, all of the current batch of political leaders are corrupt and must die in order for a new set of leaders to rise.

In my regional political ignorance, I have to assume that the South Korean people hear this skewed reasoning all the time. The people under North Korean communism will blame everyone except the useless political system they are under. The rogue leader in SHIRI has decided to kill them all while hoping that bloody revolution (a tenet of communism) will sort it all out.

The movie starts out bloody and maintains a gruesome level of gore throughout. A female soldier named "Hee" (Yoon-jin Kim) is being trained in the North Korean 8th Special Forces. She is seen excelling beyond the abilities of most of the men around her. The training scenes are saturated with blood.

The Special Forces are shown raiding villages and viciously killing their enemies. Later, they are using their live prisoners in bayonet, knife and target practice -- just gruesome. I guess the filmmakers are establishing just how formidable a warrior Hee is. She retires from the Special Forces with honors and disappears somewhere into South Korea reemerging as a sniper for her rogue leader.

South Korea's "O.P." intelligence agents, Yu (Suk-kyu Han) and his partner, Lee (Kang-ho Song), are well aware of Hee's activities in their country and are doing their best to track her down as she extends her list of political kills. Their urgency is multiplied when it is discovered that Hee is working with the crew that hijacked the volatile South Korean explosive CTX.

The North Korean Special Forces team has placed deposits of CTX in the South Korean soccer stadium in order to kill all of the politicians involve in national reunification efforts. During the ensuing investigation and pursuit, O.P. agent Yu discovers that his problems are much closer to home than anticipated. He eventually has to choose between love and country. How will he choose? Will the angry North Korean Special Forces have their way and launch a bloody revolution that reunites the Koreas under more "capable" leadership?

SHIRI may be an interesting study on political perception, but wading through the violence and gore is not worth it. Excessive violence makes this movie unacceptable.

Please address your comments to:

Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Chairman/CEO

The Samuel Goldwyn Co.

10203 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: (310) 552-2255

Fax: (310) 284-8493

SUMMARY: SHIRI is a film about a rogue North Korean Special Forces team, and their female super-sniper, that robs South Korea of the volatile explosive, "CTX," threatening to use it in the annihilation of most of the city in order to eliminate "corrupt politicians" meeting to discuss their countries' reunification. Gory from the start, this political thriller is excessively violent.

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