LKFF 2022: The Thieves + Q&A

  • Director

    Choi Dong-hoon

  • Cast

    Kim Yoon-suk, Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hye-soo, Jun Ji-hyun, Oh Dal-soo, Kim Su-hyeon

  • Genre

  • Release Date


  • Runtime

    139 mins

  • Cert


Screening followed by a Q&A with film’s director, Choi Dong-hoon


After a large heist, five of Korea’s most infamous thieves – Popeye, Pepsi, Yenicall, Zampano and Chewingum – jump at the chance to get out of town when offered a job in Macao. Their goal is to steal the ‘Tear of the Sun’, a 318 carat diamond worth over $20 million held at the Macao Casino. The brains behind the break-in is Macao Park who has assembled his own Chinese team to join the crew. However tensions run high when personal histories get in the way of the present and some of the criminals have their own designs on the diamond.

The Thieves is one of Korea’s largest co-productions with a fantastic Korean and Hong Kong cast including Kim Yoon-suk (The Yellow Sea), Kim Hye-soo (Coin Locker Girl), Lee Jung-jae (Hunt), Simon Yam (Election 1 & 2) and Derek Tsang (The Eye 2). Director Choi has a number of critically acclaimed films to his name including Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard (2009), Assassination (2015) and Alienoid (2022), his new time-traveling sci-fi adventure, opening film for 2022 London Korean Film Festival. This mix of amazing talent and a gripping, high impact story has made The Thieves one of the biggest grossing films in Korea’s box office history.


This event is part of the LKFF collaboration with the V&A exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave (on now – until 25 June 2023)