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Kill Boksoon Review: A stunning tale of morals and murder

Kill Boksoon Review – You loved her as the feisty and sweet Nam Haeng Son in Crash Course in Romance, now get ready to admire her more in the movie Kill Boksoon. Veteran actress Jeon Do Yeon made a stunning comeback with this film. The movie was released on Netflix on March 31st, 2023. It also marks a new addition to the crime action genre which sits with the likes of ‘My Name’

Kill Boksoon tells the story of a female assassin named Kill Boksoon and her journey as she manages parenthood and her job. She is a single mother to a 15-year-old teenage girl and is unsure how to navigate her relationship with her daughter. She is a veteran assassin lauded for her skills and expertise in the field. Killing comes more easily to her than being a parent to a teenager.

As the plot moves ahead, we see that in order to protect her only daughter, Boksoon has to make a tough choice between her work and her personal life. Despite being an assassin, she is an assassin of morals and values of her own. And that is what comes to her downfall as she gets untangled in the murky waters of the underworld which has its own game at play.

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Kill Boksoon Review

The makers of the film make beautiful use of the landscape at disposal. The action sequences are smooth, clean and precise. The level of thrill goes up several notches with each new sequence. The use of bold colors for Boksoon’s wardrobe highlight her power and prowess as a woman and an assassin. The frames often zoom in closer to the character’s faces to highlight the unspoken emotions. At the start of the film, and towards the end of it Boksoon engages into very definitive battles which change the course of her life.

Those two battles employ the use of imaginative prediction as Boksoon anticipates the next moves in the fight. The color palette of the film largely sports darker color palettes, especially for a fight sequence where the blood is in the spotlight as the character dies a painful death. There is a hint of comic relief peppered throughout the film to balance out the moral and ethic laced emotions in the film. 

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The dilemma that the characters face in the film is quite remarkably portrayed. Boksoon is an assassin but is also a mother. What happens in both her lives somehow translates into an answer for her ongoing dilemmas. In order to save her daughter, she goes at extreme lengths disregarding the fact that she herself could die at the end. In other cases, despite being a gang of assassins, the groups run on a strict set of morals and values where no one is spared.

Boksoon and Min Kyu’s final battle is nothing short of a heartbreaking story. The mentor-mentee duo had to keep their emotions aside and play by the rules to do what they deemed was ethically and morally right. This battle between one’s moral values and human emotions is juxtaposed quite beautifully throughout the film. 

Kill Boksoon Review
A still from ‘Kill Boksoon’ Source – Google

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Kill Boksoon Cast

Before Kill Boksoon, Jeon Do Yeon was seen in the romance drama Crash Course in Romance. Her notable works include movies like My Dear Sunshine, Memories of a Sword, A Man and A Woman, among others. The movie also stars Sol Kyung Gu as Cha Min Kyu. Sol Kyung Gyu was recently seen in movies like Yaksha: Ruthless Operations, Kingmaker, to name a few. Sol Kyung Gyu as Cha Min Kyu is a grey character. He took Boksoon under his wing to hone her skills, but he has always harboured a soft corner for her. One would say he loved Boksoon in a capacity which cannot be expressed in words.

Esom also stars in a supporting but stellar role in the movie as Cha Min Kyu’s younger sister. Esom is one of the most groundbreaking actors in the South Korean film industry and she is not shy to take up challenging roles like the one in Kill Boksoon. Her portrayal of a sick and twisted person is beautiful to see on screen. She feels challenged by Boksoon which becomes her unraveling into a ruthless dictator.

Koo Kyo Hwan as Han Hee Seong was another great character in the film. He is an underdog who has has to live in Boksoon’s shadow. He is human after all, and has his weaknesses. When it came to saving his neck or Boksoon’s, he chose himself seeing as his rise to fame he has wanted for long. He is known for his role in dramas like ‘Extraordinary Attoryney Woo’, ‘D.P.’ to name a few.

Kill Boksoon Ending

All in all, Kill Boksoon is a good watch for a movie that boasts of gory yet thrilling action sequences. There is a charm to the movie because of its commentary on the moral right and wrong which is not always found in such action movies. The title of the movie plays out into a great pun. Our leading lady’s family name is ‘Gil’ which can be written with a K or G when writing in English. Considering how the latter half of the story becomes a race to kill Boksoon, the English title of the film works well in the story’s favour.

Kill Boksoon – JAL Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

JAL gives ‘Kill Boksoon’ a staggering 4 out of 5 stars. Have you watched similar movies before? Which ones are your favourites? Tell us in the comments below!

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Nandini Iyengar
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A writer and translator by profession, Nandini is also known for using a lot of pun.

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All in all, Kill Boksoon is a good watch for a movie that boasts of gory yet thrilling action sequences. There is a charm to the movie because of its commentary on the moral right and wrong which is not always found in such action movies. The title of the movie plays out into a great pun. Our leading lady's family name is 'Gil' which can be written with a K or G when writing in English. Considering how the latter half of the story becomes a race to kill Boksoon, the English title of the film works well in the story's favour. Kill Boksoon Review: A stunning tale of morals and murder

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