New Netflix Korean Thriller Is Like John Wick Meets Kill Bill


Audiences are still hungry for more John Wick and Kill Bill types of action movies and TV shows, and to get their fill, they many of them are checking out a new Netflix Korean thriller called Kill BoksoonBoksoon took her sweet time to shine this past week towards the beginning of this week.

It premiered on the streaming giant on February 18th earlier this year. However, possibly benefiting from an overflow of enthusiasm for a well-suited assassin’s recent movie, views on the Korean action thriller picked up at a surprising pace.

Director Sung-hyun Byun, known for his work on Kingmaker, The Merciless and Whatcha Wearin’, is at the helm showing a woman leading two separate lives named Gil Bok Soon. Bok Soon is multi-award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon. She was also the lead in Netflix’s Crash Course Romance which premiered on January 14th.

The premise is quite simple. Bok Soon kills at work, but at home, she is a parent to a teenage daughter. The tagline stating that killing is easy, and parenting is the hard part already delivers a shade of comedy to the overall tone of the movie.

Sometimes the punchline catches you off-guard, and you realize you are laughing at a weird moment in the movie, but it all somehow makes sense.

New Netflix Korean Thriller Hits Both John Wick And Kill Bill Spots

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Flix Patrol revealed Kill Boksoon took the third spot in TOP Movies on Netflix in the world. It has actually been on that spot since April 1st. Boksoon suddenly came into the Top Ten last week, where the site reflects the movie appearing on the 7th spot for Week 13, which covers March 27th to April 2nd.

By this week, it leapt four places, landing in third place just behind the two Murder Mystery movies starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. The two buddy comedy movies don’t have very good ratings on IMDb. The first movie, which ranks 2nd in Netflix’s Top Ten Movies list, has an IMDb rating of 6.0/10, while the sequel, which tops the list, only has 5.7/10. The first movie also ended up with a Rotten Tomato score of only 44%.

Meanwhile, Kill Boksoon is alive and kicking with a rating of 7.4/10 on IMDB and 80% on the Tomatometer with an 84% audience score with more than 50 ratings. Leslie Felperin from Guardian, who is a Top Critic, reviewed the movie and gave it a score of 4/5. In her review, she wrote:

Writer-director Byun Sung-hyun, an up-and-coming director, handles the action sequences with real flair, but does an even better job limning the complex, sometimes fraught relationships…

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New Netflix Korean Thriller Is Like John Wick Meets Kill Bill

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As expected, a movie cannot please everybody and one of the Top Critics gave it a rotten tomato rating. Jessica Kiang from Variety said:

Silly, splashy, CG-assisted nonsense — and at 2 hours 17 minutes, way too long.

Looking at it from a regular audience’s point of view, I would understand how the movie would be a fun watch, especially for us who are into the action style and storytelling that we’ve seen from the likes of John Wick and Kill Bill. I am not sure, but maybe the excitement sort of relieves the daily grind of the week, capping it with action movies such as this on the weekend or at the end of the day.

There isn’t a need for deep stories or heavy drama. A lot of times, audiences like the excitement of what it is. The shock factor and the incredible fight scenes, we’re all for it. Plus, Boksoon being a mother who has challenges parenting a teen would be relatable to many people. Just as John Wick is relatable in the sense that he lost his puppy and his wife, which resulted in several square meters of graveyards getting filled up.

Have you seen the new Netflix Korean Thriller Kill Boksoon and compared it to John Wick and Kill Bill too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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