'Kill Boksoon': Single mother, professional killer

Being a single mom is tough, but what if you’re also a professional killer?

'Kill Boksoon': Single mother, professional killer
Image credit: Screenshot from 'Kill Boksoon' trailer

"Killing is simple compared to raising a kid."

Being a single mom to a teen daughter is tough, but what if you also happen to be a legendary professional killer?

That's the premise of the South Korean movie "Kill Boksoon", which will stream exclusively on Netflix starting March 31. It stars the critically-acclaimed Jeon Do-yeon, who made history with the 2007 film "Secret Sunshine", for which she won Best Actress at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. She was the first Korean to win an acting award at Cannes. Most recently, she played Minister Kim Sook-hee in "Emergency Declaration".

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As Gil Boksoon, Jeon is a single mother to her teen daughter Jae-young (Kim Si-a). Ironically, while her parenting skills leave a lot to be desired, she is extremely good at her job – which happens to be killing people. While the world thinks she works for an ordinary event-planning company called MK Entertainment, she's actually a hired killer with a 100% success rate.

MK, obviously, is not an event-planning company, but the employer that assigns these missions to Jeon. With her contract renewal period impending, Boksoon resolves to leave MK in a bid to repair her relationship with her daughter. So she decides to refuse the contract renewal offer by MK Chairman Cha Min-kyu (Sul Kyung-gu) and just carry out her last job. Once she finds out the truth about this final mission, however, all hell breaks loose.

"Kill Boksoon" also stars Esom as MK Director Cha Min-hee and Koo Kyo-hwan as Han Hee-sung, who is unparalleled in skill but is taken for granted at the agency. Add to the mix the stylish directing, delicately crafted action sequences, and colorful portrayal of characters by writer and director Byun Sung-hyun. His past work includes "The Merciless" (2017), which was invited to the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and "Kingmaker" (2022).

"Kill Boksoon" will receive its world premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival that will be held from Feb. 16-26, and will then be released on March 31 on Netflix.

Are you looking forward to watching "Kill Boksoon"?