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Ballerina (2023)

My quick rating - 6.4/10. This Korean action flick has been quietly making waves, finally found its way from my watchlist to my screen, and I must say, it was worth the wait. The film, directed by Chung-Hyun Lee, weaves a gripping tale of revenge and redemption, showcasing an impressive blend of intense action and emotional depth. One standout scene that encapsulates the essence of involves a confrontation with gun dealers, and it is nothing short of excellent. The narrative seamlessly transitions from a quest for vengeance to a riveting cat-and-mouse game, and kept me glued to the action as they try to figure out who will outwit the other first. The tension is palpable, and the stakes are high, making for a nail-biting sequence that sets the tone for the rest of the film. What I found settting this flick apart is its beautifully choreographed fight scenes. Even with a pint-sized hero at the helm, the action remains fluid and dynamic. Jong-seo Jun, who plays the protagonist, delivers a standout performance as an ex-bodyguard on a mission. Her portrayal is not only physically impressive but emotionally resonant as well. The grief she carries from the loss of her best friend, a loss she couldn't prevent, adds a layer of complexity to her character. Jong-seo Jun's decision to speak very little throughout the film adds a touch of mystery to her character, a classic trait of these revenge-driven protagonists. Her silence speaks volumes and leaves us to interpret the depths of her emotions and motivations, creating a sense of intrigue that keeps us invested in her journey. At its core, the movie is a story of love, loss, and the pursuit of justice. The protagonist's quest to fulfill her dear friend's last wish by seeking sweet revenge is both compelling and relatable. The film strikes a balance between intense action sequences and poignant moments, making it a well-rounded experience. I would say this is a no-brainer for fans of the action genre, particularly those who appreciate a thoughtfully crafted narrative. With its stellar performances, expertly choreographed fight scenes, and a touch of mystery, this Korean gem proves that it's not just another action flick—it's a symphony of revenge with heart and soul.

This one is only available on Netflix as of now according to Justwatch.

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