V.I.P. (Korean: 브이아이피; RR: Beu-i-a-i-pi) is a 2017 South Korean crime-action thriller film directed by Park Hoon-jung and starring Jang Dong-gun, Kim Myung-min, Park Hee-soon and Lee Jong-suk. In the film, officers from South Korea, North Korea and Interpol chase after a serial killer suspect.
|Directed by||Park Hoon-jung|
|Written by||Park Hoon-jung|
|Produced by||Yeon Young-sik|
|Edited by||Kim Chang-ju|
Peppermint & Company
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$9.9 million|
The film was released on August 23, 2017. The reception was largely negative, with criticism directed mainly towards the portrayal of graphic violence towards a female character. The film was later released on DVD and Blu-ray formats on 7 March 2018.
The son of a high-ranking North Korean official, Kwang-il (Lee Jong-suk), is suspected of committing serial rapes and murders of women around the world. To stop the killer, South Korea, North Korea and Interpol chase after him.
- Jang Dong-gun as Park Jae-hyuk: An agent working for the South Korean National Intelligence Service(NIS).
- Kim Myung-min as Chae Yi-do: A Police Detective Chief Inspector who leads a serial murder case and who fights hard to bring a criminal to justice.
- Lee Jong-suk as Kim Kwang-il: A key North Korean political figure's son who receives VIP treatment after his defection to South Korea, organised by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He becomes a prime suspect for a serial murder case.
- Park Hee-soon as Ri Dae-bum: A North Korean police officer who secretly crosses the border into the South to track down Kim Kwang-il.
The cast of V.I.P was invited to the 74th Venice International Film Festival which began on August 30, 2017. However, the invitation was declined by the production company as the film's release could not be rescheduled to a later date.
V.I.P was named as an R-rated crime film, which restricted audiences younger than eighteen years of age.
Many viewers criticized the film's depiction of violence against women. Some of the comments were regarding the film's unnecessary cruel and gruesome scenes, while others critiqued the use of female characters as devices of sexual violence to show the cruelty of male characters.
Upon its release in South Korean cinemas on August 23, 2017, V.I.P. hit the top spot, selling 174,022 ticket and earning a gross income of US$1.17 million on its opening day. During the first two days V.I.P sold 341,610 tickets earning US$2.3 million. After five days of its release the movie has attracted 940,359 audience screening in 966 venues.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2017||Fantastic Fest 2017||Best Director - Thriller Features||Park Hoon-jung||Won|||
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