Shiri
Shiri (2002)

Billed as Full Metal Jacket meets Heat meets Nikita, Kang Je Gyu directs this wildly popular action-thriller about tensions between North and South Korea. The film opens with agents in North Korean spy school T19 engaged in an unbelievably… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 9, 2002
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Features explosive effects and flashy action best viewed on a large screen.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Suffers from all the excesses of the genre.

Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff

Starts as an intense political and psychological thriller but is sabotaged by ticking time bombs and other Hollywood-action cliches.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious.

Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

There's a neat twist, subtly rendered, that could have wrapped things up at 80 minutes, but Kang tacks on three or four more endings.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Thoroughly awful.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It's a post-Cold War action yarn with a nose for Hong Kong-style melodrama, and a loopy cop drama with undeniable entertainment value.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A huge box-office hit in Korea, Shiri is a must for genre fans.

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James Rocchi
Netflix

Polished Korean political-action film is just as good -- and bad -- as Hollywood action epics. Is this progress?

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Shiri. A fish that can be found in both North and South Korean fresh-water streams. A pretty appropriate title for this film. You'll understand if you… More
Anthony Valletta
A great action thriller set in South Korean with Yunjin Kim of Lost. A great script with a few twists and a great ending.
Lanning : )
Check the poster for this one. Koreawood has learned a lot from Hollywood. You will <b>never</b> see the shot from this poster in the movie. Not… More
Curt C
Hollywood action blockbuster, made in Korea. You will feel the strong influence of 90's Hollywood action flicks, just set in a Korean setting with Korean… More