Parents' Guide to

Kill Boksoon

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Blood, violence, stylish action in mother-as-assassin romp.

Movie NR 2023 137 minutes
Kill Boksoon movie poster: A Korean woman in red suit carries a bloody axe in left hand and a bag of groceries in right hand walks left leaving a trail of bloody footsteps

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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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