Bloody revenge is at the heart of this stylish, kinetic action-thriller that gives a welcome shot of adrenaline to the classic femme fatale story. Honed from childhood into a merciless killing machine by a criminal organization, assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after ten years of service. But soon enough, secrets from her past destroy everything she’s worked for, and now nobody can stand in her way as she embarks on a roaring rampage of revenge.
One of the best action films of the year, THE VILLAINESS breaks bounds with incredible feats of cinematography and choreography. Actress Kim Ok-Vin (THIRST, THE FRONT LINE, THE UNFAIR) shines is what is perhaps the best performance of her career, while director Jung Byung-gil has proven that he is a formidable force in Korean filmmaking. Presented in a special ‘sneak peek’ screening for HIFF’s members this Summer, the Festival is thrilled to bring back THE VILLAINESS during the 2017 Festival.