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Action-Packed ‘Kill Boksoon’ Explores the Double Life of a Legendary Hitwoman and Single Mother

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A loving single mother. Lethal hired an assassin. These vocations may seem worlds apart, but both find themselves intertwined in the double life of Gil Boksoon (Jeon Do-yeon).

Premiering only on Netflix, the action-packed film Kill Boksoon follows a week in the life of this atypical working mother, who gets thrown into a “kill-or-get-killed” situation after she has second thoughts about renewing her contract with MK Ent, a top-tier hitman agency.

Hired killer Gil Boksoon (Jeon Do-yeon) is having second thoughts about her career choice.

Hired killer Gil Boksoon (Jeon Do-yeon) is having second thoughts about her career choice.

The reason for her change in heart? Her increasingly strained relationship with her teenage daughter, Gil Jae-young (Kim Si-A). As Boksoon reflects in one scene, “Killing people is simple compared to raising a kid.”
Directed by Byun Sung-hyun (The Merciless, Kingmaker), the film got invited to the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. The film marks Jeon’s first full-fledged action film.

Inspired by real-life conversations

The film’s concept got based on Byun’s conversations with Jeon, who was the first Korean to win the Best Actress award at the 60th Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the 2007 film Secret Sunshine.

The two got introduced by Sul Kyung-gu, who collaborated with Byun thrice and plays Cha Min-kyu, the chairman of hitman agency MK Ent in Kill Boksoon.

Gil Boksoon (Jeon Do-yeon) leads a double life as an assassin and a mother.

Gil Boksoon (Jeon Do-yeon) leads a double life as an assassin and a mother.

Byun got particularly inspired by the real-life conversations that Jeon had with her 14-year-old daughter.

“I felt that the mom Jeon Do-yeon and the actress Jeon Do-yeon are quite different people… If I replace acting in her life with killing, that would be very contradictory and ironic,” says Byun.

An unlikely story with universal values

Intentionally veering away from the typical action film storyline about revenge that culminates in a grand finale fight, Byun wanted to put a plot twist to the cliché portrayal of contract killers, highlighting the drama within the action.

Even the action sequences got thoughtfully choreographed to bring out the layers of each character involved. Byun did this by observing the demeanor of his actors — how they laugh, smile and talk in a natural setting — and incorporating them into the action scenes.

(from left) Kim Si-A plays Gil Jae-young, the daughter of Gil Boksoon portrayed by Jeon Do-yeon.

(from left) Kim Si-A plays Gil Jae-young, the daughter of Gil Boksoon portrayed by Jeon Do-yeon.

Although the plotline of Kill Boksoon is unlikely to happen in real life, the film’s layered characters demonstrate universal values like personal growth and the importance of family that everyday audiences can relate to.

Says Byun: “Rather than an action film where everything blows up, it’s an educational movie, not one where the mom educates her child but the other way round.”

Watch ‘Kill Boksoon’ only on Netflix from today.


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