Major South Korean investor/distributor Showbox/Mediaplex has announced principal photography has wrapped on director CHOI Dong-hoon’s highly anticipated thriller <The Thieves>. The film had its last shoot on Dec. 7 at the W Seoul –Walkerhill Hotel after six months of shooting on location in Macau, Hong Kong, Busan, and Seoul.
Formerly known as “The Professionals”, the action thriller is about a five-person group of Korea’s top thieves, called out by their former boss Macao Park to steal a US$20 million blue diamond known as the Tear of the Sun.They descend on Macau where the gem is hidden away in a casino and team up to work side by side with a gang of four of Hong Kong’s top thieves.
The film stars a top flight cast including KIM Yun-seok from <The Yellow Sea>, Gianna JUN (a.k.a. Jun Ji-hyun) from <Snow Flower and the Secret Fan>, KIM Hye-soo from <Tazza: the High Rollers>, LEE Jung-jae from <The Housemaid>, OH Dal-soo from <Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow>, and KIM Hye-sook from <Thirst>.
<The Thieves> is Choi’s fourth feature, following his much-lauded debut <The Big Swindle> and box office hits <Tazza: the High Rollers> and <Woochi>. AHN Soo-hyun’s Caper Film is producing. Ahn’s credits include <Thirst> and <You Are My Sunshine>.
“As we were shooting the last cut, I didn’t want to give the OK sign. My feeling was that I didn’t want to end the shoot of <The Thieves>. I really had a good time working on it and I am thankful to the cast and crew for giving it their best during the long shoot,” said Choi.
The film will go through post-production and is due to be released in South Korean theaters this coming summer.
Dec. 9, 2011