While they get more credit for their martial arts and horror films, the Asian film market has delivered some of the best gun toting action films around as well. Now WellGo USA is bringing the Korean actioner Assassination to the US film market, but does it bring along the expected action in their period piece or will it fail to hit its target?
Assassination follows Korea in the year 1933 where the country is occupied by the Japanese army. The resistance has learned that the highest commander of the Japanese army is going to visit Korea and decide to take the chance and kill him by assassination. The only sniper who is able to make that shot is Ahn Ok-yun, who is serving her time in the prison of Shanghai. The resistance agent Yem Sek-jin is set to get her and her comrades out, but his plan is offered to the Japanese by a traitor. Now, Ok-yun and her warriors not just have to flee from the Chinese prison, she also must face the Japanese army and a very special hit-man, assigned to take her down. Most films that take on a period style and work to infuse the action aspect outside of the martial arts genre typically fall flat, but this film delivers. The story is just complicated enough to keep it interesting with some twists and turns, but never overcomplicates itself. The characters are all compelling in their own ways and bring all the emotions needed to make you believe in each of them. The highlight here is the action and there is a ton of it. The focus is the gun play and it screams old school John Woo if he made a period film like this minus the doves. The period aspect adds to the coolness of it all and they steer clear of too many over the top action moments and instead just let the bullets fly.
This is one of those movies that the trailers do not do it justice. They have carefully crafted a great, interesting action packed period piece that infuses a piece of history and all the gun toting fun you could want. Join the revolution when Assassination hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on December 1st from WellGo USA.