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Kim Ok-bin slays at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival in The Villainess

At the opening midnight screening for the 70th Cannes International Film Festival, Kim Ok-bin’s (Yoo-na’s Street) crime-thriller Villainess premiered to three full minutes of standing ovation from a diverse crowd of directors, actors, and film industry VIPs. And even judging from these short trailers, I can totally see why: The level of action is off the charts! The movie tracks an elite assassin trained from childhood to be a deadly killing machine, as she penetrates a labyrinth of conspiracies and secrets to take ultimate revenge.

The teaser begins with a man at the far end of a dank hallway, demanding to know who she is, when suddenly a gun points toward him from first-person POV and shoots. The copy reads: “I was raised to be a killing machine,” as we see Kim Ok-bin achieving multiple bullseye shots with a sniper rifle and moving through the streets of Seoul unnoticed. Kim Seo-hyung’s (The Good Wife) voiceover asks “Isn’t she useful?” and Kim Ok-bin’s masterful wielding of guns, sabers, and long knives are seen through impressive action shots on moving vehicles.

Kim Seo-hyung plays Kim Ok-bin’s handler, and in the trailer above, brief moments are shown of her and the other main cast members, Sung Joon (Perfect Wife) who plays a covert agency operative and Shin Ha-kyun (Pied Piper) who plays a mysterious man closely tied with Kim Ok-bin’s life. This teaser-trailer concentrates on the most exciting elements, the thrill-raising scenes of Kim Ok-bin leaping off cars and jumping off high-rise buildings and bridges.

Directed by Jung Byung-gil (Confessions of Murder), the action-packed film is about a badass female assassin trained in the art of murder, scouted by the most secret government organization in Korea and given this ultimatum: “Work ten years for us, and you’ll be free. But the moment you’re found out, we will eliminate you.” The trailer ends with Kim Ok-bin’s resolve to take revenge on her creators: “I will show you what you made me.”

In a different version of the trailer, Kim Ok-bin wears a wedding dress with tears filling her eyes, as she walks down the aisle, thinking, “This face you see, it’s not me.” And soon we see her real self, a deadly emotionless killer assembling a gun while still wearing her wedding dress, taking aim at an unknown target. Sung Joon’s voiceover asks, “Who was the target?” but there’s no reply, only a scene of a bloodied Kim Ok-bin strapped to a chair. Then we hear Shin Ha-kyun say, “I was the one who created you,” and Kim Ok-bin vows revenge as she replies, “I will show you what you made me. Because I can’t live as long as you’re alive.”

Oooh! This looks so good, and Kim Ok-bin looks so fierce as a lethal machine with her kohl-rimmed eyes, taking down anyone in her path without mercy or hesitation. According to reports, the actress trained for three months at stunt school for the role, and at the Cannes Film Festival, Park Chan-wook (who worked with her and Shin Ha-kyun in the 2009 film Thirst) personally cheered her on.

Thank goodness the domestic premiere is in two weeks because I can’t wait to watch! Villainess will be in Korean theaters on June 8.

Via Xports News

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There's nothing I can say except for: SLAAAAY!!!

Now, I really hope she will become the lead in Falsify.

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I hope it'll go to Kang Han-na. Kim Ok-bin is doing well in Chungmuro.

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Kang Han-na is being considered, then I hope it goes to her too. As despicable as she was in Scarlet Heart, she was the only one who was driven as a character and was great in her role. Kim Ok-bin, its unlikely that she'll follow up the current film with another drama, if she does then it is wonderful but unlikely.

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wow, looks really good!

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The premise of K!Nikita with this cast alone is enough to get me to check this out. I love that Kim Ok-bin doing her own stunts too -- she's been posting training videos on her instagram and they look so cool.

Now can we get her and Lee Jun-ki together as the leads in an top notch action drama?

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The wedding, the pregnant pride and her boss trying to kill her reminds me of "Kill Bill."

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Sword battle + trained assassin. seems like much is inspired from Kill Bill.
There i much similar content is available so won't find something amazing but it will be a good mindless violence. 1 time watch.

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Yay! Kim freaking Ok-bin!!! I've been checking up on the Cannes news for her movie.
Finally she gets to use her martial art skills to good use, not saying that's the only thing that she is good at. She has talents and range to go with it.

I can't wait to see it!

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Holy crap! I'm so excited I can't even write properly LOL.

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I heard she has a black belt in a couple martial arts and has been consistently training in boxing. Usually, I don't expect much from action movies from Korea, but I'm really looking forward to this movie. I also heard about the standing ovation. People have really praised the action and unique camera work. Hopefully, the movie will be available soon near me.

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She does and she is physically fit.
I'm so happy that it was well received at the biggest film festival there is.

Park Chan-wook has really good eye for talents. I never thought that Kim Ok-bin would be paired up with Song Kang-ho this early in her career but Park Chan-wook knew what he was doing. She was fantastic in "Thirst."
Park was part of the jury so I can imagine him cheering for her.

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Yeah she was amazing in thirst. It was a really difficult role for a new actress.

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Wow, we need more baddass female action actresses like her, then! She can be the next Korean Michelle Yeoh.

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Wow! Kim Ok Bin was off the charts during those action scenes. Can I just say that she looked great in that wedding dress while pulling off that shooting scene. Hopefully, she becomes the lead in Falsify. I would totally be ok with that.

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Ahhhhhhh! Omg, love her and the cast is one I can get behind. I was wondering why I was seeing pics of Sung Joon at Cannes. It looks like because of school, I've been behind on film news but I can't wait to see this. A 3 minute standing ovation is no joke.

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This looks amazing. I am getting some Kill Bill revenge vibes from this. I hope it hits theatres in the US soon!!!!

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Now THISSSSSS is my type of movie!! We need more badass women in movies and dramas

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*sigh*
reminds me of my younger days.

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You were a badass ninja assassin when you were younger? Do tell.

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Lol, thanks for the laugh.
But you do bring up a valid point.

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The movie doesn't do me justice.

(All else is confidential.)

*flies away*

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lol is your nickname mulan a hint? XD

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LWKMD!!!

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So Kill Bill meets La Femme Nikita with a Korean Flair? Count me in! Anyone have US release details?

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Oh my god, that looks badass with a capital B.

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This is the legit definition of QUEEN. Love badass films with women in action, I saw the trailer the other day and really liked the usage of first person view used within the film. Hope it screens here in my country sometime soon too!

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Omg if this comes to TIFF I am 1000% gonna break my no-watch during festival rule and watch it. Holy moly.

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Maybe we'll see you there!

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Are you a fellow Torontonian??

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Very appropriate usage of the word "slay" - looks amazing! Can't wait to see it! :) Seems like the Korean film industry is being recognized on the international level more and more!

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looks like Kill Bill

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Okay, but how cool is she in a wedding dress with a gun? I can't decide if she's jaw-droppingly gorgeous or awesomely badass. My new aesthetic.

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This. Looks. Really. Good. Damn.

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This looks SO BADASS, and the Hollywood Reporter wrote quite a positive review of the movie. I wonder if it will be playing in any theaters near me.

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so... when can I watch this? and how?

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She's TOTALLY my style!

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WOW, that teaser is so action-packed! Looks super intense and intriguing. Cool to see a strong female badass as the main lead too. :)

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geeked out right now.... I Love Kim Ok Bin, It's been far too long since I have seen her on screen!! Glad to see her back with a bang

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any recommendation for kob?

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Over My Dead Body, Thirst .... Yoo Na's Street if you haven't seen that yet

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I like Nikita the american series.

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W.O.W.

Slay is right! I normally do not venture beyond k-dramas but I'll definitely be on the lookout for Eng Subs of this K-movie! The slick production value of this movie is OFF THE CHARTS! <3

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Wait, wait - is this secretly the Black Widow movie? :grin:

And Sung Joon, too? Yasssssssssss.

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Thoroughly enjoyed Maggie Q in Nikita and this seems equally great! Can't wait to view it!

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So K version of Kill Bill?

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Hell yeah. This looks super badass!! Korean films of late seem to be extremely male-dominated, like more than usual... I literally can't think of a single major recently released female-led film. But that means I'm all the more excited about this one!

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I have always loved these two guys KOB and SHK, always attempting to kill each other. Secretly, I ship them too.
Sad that SHK could not make it to Cannes because of his injury but hope the movie does well. Looks badass anyway !

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Dizaaammmm girl is on fireee!

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I loved her in Yoo-na's Street and Thirst. This look fantastic and badasss!!

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slick! we all love k-dramas and kpop, but let's not forget about korean movies. production quality of korean cinema is up there with the best of the world.

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Wow if that one premired at Cannes it must be really good especially if there was a standing ovation. I don't know if it will be in theaters in my country. If not I think I'll just watch it online (but it looks like it would be better to watch this movie at theaters)

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"Park Chan Wook personally cheered her on.." - How does this writer know? Where is this news , video please?

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This looks amazing. She looks amazing. I love action thrillers like these and I love it even more when we have badass ladies at the forefront! I'm glad they got a standing ovation at Cannes! :)

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it's good to see Kim Okbin in action...but the story has been told a thousand times...

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most stories have been told a thousand times, it's how they are told that makes them exciting again and again.

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me too!

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I knew nothing about this before reading this post. Now, I completely love it. This is how you do trailers and film people.

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I want to watch this! So badass. Hope it comes to Singapore!

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Wow! Looks super exciting! So many good movies to watch, so little time...

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I absolutely love that car to bus jumping scene, like omg so badass!!!!

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I forgot to mention all the action scenes got my heart racing!!

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Other sources say that the standing ovation actually lasted *4 minutes*

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