Shiri

Shiri (1999)

Genres - Action-Adventure, Drama, Spy Film, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Spy Film  |   Release Date - Feb 13, 1999  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Shiri (Hangul: 쉬리; RR: Swiri) is a 1999 South Korean action film, written and directed by Kang Je-gyu.

Swiri was the first Hollywood-style big-budget blockbuster to be produced in the "new" Korean film industry (i.e. after Korea's major economic boom in late 1990s). Created as a deliberate homage to the "high-octane" action film made popular by Hollywood through 1980s, it also contained a story that draws on strong Korean national sentiment to fuel its drama. Much of the film's visual style shares that of the Asian action cinema, and particularly Hong Kong action cinema, of John Woo, Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, and the relentless pace of the second unit directors, like Vic Armstrong and Guy Hamilton, in the James Bond films.

The movie was released under the name Shiri outside of South Korea; in Korea, the title was spelled Swiri. The name refers to Coreoleuciscus splendidus, a fish found in Korean fresh-water streams. At one point Park has a monologue wherein he describes how the waters from both North and South Korea flow freely together, and how the fish can be found in either water without knowing which it belongs to. This ties into the film's ambitions to be the first major-release film to directly address the still-thorny issue of Korean reunification.

Movie Info

Budget

$5,000,000

Box Office

$135,892

Themes

Tags

Agent, Bomb, Espionage, North Korea, North Korean Spy, South Korea, Spy, Terrorism

Attributes

Filming Location: Seoul, South Korea
Narrative Location: Seoul
Subject: terrorism

Alternate Titles

Nişancı
TR
Nom de code: Shiri
FR
Sheng si die bian
HK
Shiri
AR, CA, FI, FR, HK, ES, SE, US
Shiri - kuin kala vedessä
FI
Shiri - Missão Terrorista
BR, PT
Shiri - Terrorns ansikte
SE
Shuri
JP
Swiri
, HK, IN, KR, GB, US
Шири
RU
シュリ
JP
TW