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Country: SOUTH KOREA
Run Time: 128 minutes
A savage and sadistic serial killer has been terrorizing South Korea, and Detective Chae Edo is charged with stopping him at any cost. Chae quickly discovers his identity. The problem is, he is Kim Gwang-il, a member of a North Korean royal family who was smuggled out by the C.I.A. for intelligence purposes. When Chae arrests and charges Kim, top-level forces amass to protect this deranged murderer and the information he holds. When Chae is unable to stop Kim’s release, he is contacted by an ex-Intelligence officer who was also unsuccessful in stopping Kim. Now these two will go beyond the law, fight multiple governments (including their own), and risk their lives to remove a monster from the earth. V.I.P. is a shockingly violent thriller that generates extreme tension on an intellectual and visceral level. As systemic corruption wars with the hunger for justice, V.I.P. rockets through stunning twists and turns toward a mind-bending conclusion, delivering the bloody goods as only the masters of action cinema can. (In Korean with subtitles) —C.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 4:10 PM
Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 11:15 PM
International Narrative Competition
Park Hoon-jung is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He is heralded as one of the greatest storytellers in Korean cinema and has won many awards. With V.I.P., Hoon-jung won the award for Best Director of a Thriller Feature at Austin Fantastic Fest.
The Showdown (2011), New World (2013), The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (2015), V.I.P. (2017)
Jang Dong-gun, Kim Myung-min, Park Hee-soon, Lee Jong-suk, Peter Stormare