A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Protect your family. If you must, fight to survive. Accept people for who they are. Be true to yourself. Try to teach your child how not to be violent.
Positive Role Models
Despite being an assassin, Gil Bok-soon is a good mother and wants to leave her profession so she can focus more on her daughter.
The cast is Korean and the main character is female. Bok-soon's daughter, Jae-young, is gay.
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Violence & Scariness
There's a significant amount of violence, blood, killing, and fighting. People get stabbed, shot, and their heads cut off. Lots of people get shot in all parts of the body at point-blank range, including with shotguns. Throats get sliced, arms and limbs get cut, and heads and faces get bashed in. Fight scenes show some gore and injury detail, and often, blood flies, sprays, and pools underneath bodies. A woman strangles a man with wire, shoots a man in the chest and head, slices a man's chest with a sword, and stabs men repeatedly. Two women prepare to kill an unconscious young man by making it look like a suicide. With the handle of a large knife a man beats another man's face in repeatedly. A teen girl shows signs of parental physical abuse. A man is hung by rope and dies. A woman is choked, stabbed in various places, and shot in the head. Pictures are passed around of bodies that have been stabbed. A teen girl stabs a teen boy in the neck with scissors after he threatens to show pictures to their classmates of her kissing a girl. A mother doesn't initially react well to her daughter coming out to her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman sits on top of a man, and they have sex (no nudity, except the woman's back). Some romantic kissing. A man in his underwear wakes up outside in the middle of the street. Teen girls romantically kiss.
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Strong language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "ass," "p---y," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
References to Heineken beer and Mercedes Benz automobiles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults often smoke cigarettes. Adults also drink soju and beer. Teens smoke cigarettes and drink beer, and they also peer pressure other teens to do the same.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kill Boksoon is an incredibly violent and bloody action thriller about a never-fails assassin who is also a mother to a 15-year-old teenage girl. Expect a lot of fighting and killing, lots of blood, and some injury detail. Many people get stabbed in the neck, arms and legs, ankles, chest, and head. People get shot at point-blank range (also in the head), sliced by swords and knives, strangled with wire, beaten in the face repeatedly, and decapitated. Assassins make kills look like suicides. A teen girl shows signs of parental physical abuse. A mother doesn't react well to her daughter coming out. Adults also smoke cigarettes often, and teenagers also smoke cigarettes and find beer. One brief sex scene has no nudity but some mature commentary. Teen girls romantically kiss. Strong language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "ass," "p---y," and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The violence and stylish action sequences rival those in best-in-class action movies, and the emotional strength and heart of the mother-daughter relationship makes sure we care about this antihero. While Kill-Boksoon is a little long, for many viewers the journey will be worth it. Each action set piece is elaborately set up, sequenced, choreographed, and shot, and some scenes could certainly warrant rewatching in order to fully take everything in. Bok-soon's ability to imagine how fights might go beforehand (not literally) allows many of these scenes to get creative, offering ways fights could go but don't, and thankfully this imaginary foresight isn't overdone.
The violence and gore might very well be too much for some, but for fans of the genre, each piece of action will be a joy. Jeon Do-yeon is already a superstar in Korea, and her performance here will only further solidify her status. She's easily the heart of this film and portrays a conflicted mother who is great at her job (killing people) with emotional depth and deadly confidence. Kim Si-a (Bok-soon's daughter) and Sol Kyung-gu (Bok-soon's boss) are also fantastic acting partners for Do-yeon, each providing strong emotional connections to Bok-soon.
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