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Popie (Lee Jung-Jae), Yenicall (Gianna Jun), Chewingum (Kim Hae-Sook) and Zampano (Kim Soo-Hyun) are a team of professional thieves in South Korea. After they score a valuable antique vase, they hear from Macao Park (Kim Yun-Seok) in which he proposes a highly lucrative new job in Macau. Meanwhile, Pepsee (Kim Hye-Soo) is released from prison on a special pardon.

A few years back Macao Park, Pepsee and Popie worked together as a crew. Macao Park and Pepsee were also in a romantic relationship. Then, while stealing gold bars, Macao Park's cable snapped in a elevator shaft and he disappeared with the gold bars. Pepsee was arrested shortly afterwards.

Now, Popie, Yenicall, Chewinggum and Zampano head off to Hong Kong to work with Macao Park. What Macao Park doesn't know is that Pepsee is also coming with them.

In Hong Kong, a separate crew awaits for the Korean thieves. The four Hong Kong thieves consists of Chen (Simon Yam), Andrew (Oh Dal-Su), Julie (Angelica Lee) and Johnny (Kwok Cheung Tsang). When the Hong Kong and Korean teams finally meet, tension rises immediately between the two groups. Macao Park then enters the meeting and lays out the plan. Their goal is to steal the "Tear of Sun" diamond. The diamond itself is currently in the possession of ruthless criminal Wei Yong. Furthermore, the diamond is stashed safely in the suite room of a Macau casino & resort. Macao Park also lays another bombshell. He can easily sell the "Tear of Sun" diamond for $20 million dollars.

Now the two teams work together in what will surely turn out to be the heist of their lives, but the 10 thieves all have their own agendas.


  1. Filming began May, 2011 and finished December 7, 2011. Last scene filmed took place at Hotel Walkerhill in Seoul, South Korea and involved actor Kim Yun-Seok.
  2. Over the movie's 6 months of filming, shooting took place in Macao, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Busan.
  3. Early working English title was "The Thieves," then marketed as "The Professionals" and then set back to "The Thieves."
  4. "The Thieves" became the first 2012 film to surpass 2 million ticket sales during its opening weekend in South Korea.
  5. August 2, 2012 ( Day 9), "The Thieves" surpassed "Nameless Gangster" (4.6 million) to become the top selling domestic film in 2012 with 4.87 million tickets sold.
  6. August 6, 2012 (Day 13), "The Thieves" surpassed U.S. film "The Avengers" (7.06 million) to become the top selling film in South Korea in 2012. After its 13th day, "The Thieves" has now sold a total of 7.27 million tickets.
  7. August 15, 2012 (Day 22), "The Thieves" became only the 7th film to sell more than 10 million tickets in South Korea. The other 6 films are "Silmido" (11 million), "Haeundae" (11.39 million), "Taegukgi" (11.74), "The King and the Clown" (12.3 milllion), "The Host" (13 million) and "Avatar" (13.3 million).
  8. August 26, 2012 (Day 33), "The Thieves" passed 12 million admissions in South Korea. Only three other films have accomplished this feat - "The King and the Clown" (12.3 milllion), "The Host" (13 million) and "Avatar" (13.3 million). At the end of the day, "The Thieves" stood at 12.09 million tickets sold.
  9. August 30, 2012 (Day 37), "The Thieves" passed "The King and the Clown" (12.3 million) to become the 3rd all time best selling film in South Korea. At the end of the day. "The Thieves" has sold a total of 12.32 million tickets in South Korea.
  10. "The Thieves" sold a total of 12.98 million tickets, trailing only "The Host" (13 million) and "Avatar" (13.3 million) to become the third best selling film at the South Korean box-office upon the end of its theatrical run.


The Thieves-Kim Yun-Seok.jpg The Thieves-Kim Hye-Soo.jpg The Thieves-Lee Jung-Jae.jpg The Thieves-Gianna Jun.jpg The Thieves-Kim Hae-Suk.jpg
Kim Yun-Seok Kim Hye-Soo Lee Jung-Jae Gianna Jun Kim Hae-Sook
Macao Park Pepsee Popie Yenicall Chewingum
Kim Soo-Hyun The Thieves-Simon Yam.jpg The Thieves-Oh Dal-Su.jpg The Thieves-Angelica Lee.jpg The Thieves-Kwok Cheung Tsang.jpg
Kim Soo-Hyun Simon Yam Oh Dal-Su Angelica Lee Kwok Cheung Tsang
Zampano Chen Andrew Julie Johnny
The Thieves-Ki Guk-Seo.jpg Joo Jin-Mo The Thieves-Ye Soo-Jung.jpg The Thieves-Chae Gook-Hee.jpg The Thieves-Shin Ha-Kyun.jpg
Ki Guk-Seo Joo Jin-Mo Ye Soo-Jung Chae Gook-Hee Shin Ha-Kyun
Wei Hong detective Tiffany madame Director of Art Gallery Lee

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ace In regards to queries about Zampano, I gathered that he simply was arrested. After his arrest he disappears from the story. Given the fatalities involved on both sides during the caper I expect that he will be put away for a while.

Secondly, for me it was Chen and Chewing Gum that stole the show.

Third, I'd like to see a sequel but only if we find out Chen and Chewing Gum are not dead.

Lastly, this is a very solid heist flick that has a very solid cast.


ryozakisan Interesting and a good movie..... Just love the actors especially!

Jangmi Gongju This Movie was so AWESOME..

pseudokorean the movie was great.. as in AWESOME !! > but little bit confused about what happened to zampano? did they end up being together with yennical?? did they lived as thieves in the end or abandoned being thieves? so many questions! I think it needs part 2.

I love Jeon ji hyun and kim soo hyun team up!

annie the movie is good i wish the thieves will have part 2

NikkiMarooMalik This movie is beyond AWESOME.. Its like lupin the third with a twist.. Like how the character played their roles.. Zampano and Yenicall are cute .. Im a big fan of the two of them after i watched my love from another star.. They always have that chemistry... :)

quentin What happend with zampano?? And why zampano kiss yenicall

lsh20 I'm so curious,what happened to zampano?he is dissappear after they back to korea.

Girlinthecrowd Recommend some movies like this one?

myjap very interesting movie..i love Gianna jun and Kim soo hyun.

GirlFromEurope This movie needs a part 2. It doesn't seem to have finished fully

asian This movie was okay.

some1youknow @jug its probably just a simple fashion quartz watch, by fashion watch i meant like fashion/clothing designer brand not from a high end or luxury watch manufacturer....the reason i said that because the watch has ''the unusual protective slide front case'' which probably has no real use and it is prone to be broken if not careful (and not many luxury manufacturer care about the front case since saphire glass is already durable enough to protect the watch)...its dumb to make extra front case for wrist watch (unless its only for fashion reason) because its not pocket watch which can fall from your pocket and break the glass if theres no protective case.

Bro I agree with one of the earlier comments. *spoiler*. My only complaint about this movie is what happened with Johnny and Zampano after they got captured. Everybody else pretty much had a definitive ending.

cyp12 such a great movie!!!!! :)

kpopluver2011 What is this rated? like pg? pg-13? R?

jug what is the watch anycall is wearing? looks damn good!

shawn I'm hoping this becomes available in the U.S. soon, based on the ticket sales it must be pretty good.

I assumed this is a Korean take on Ocean's 11, but I never watched it because I'm not a Clooney or Pitt fan. 

I expect this version will be better anyways as I generally enjoy Korean shows more for some reason.

I'm mainly interested in this for Kim Soo-Hyun, as he's done good work in other stuff.


  • spoiler alert*

I watched this movie last night and very satisfied. There are a lot of funny moments that cracked my laugh out and the action scene also over the top. Love the camera works on the wall-fighting scene. I also like there are so many twist, even though the twist is a little bit cliche. My complain is the duration, I think it's too long and there are some necessary scene. Also, they don't explain the end of Zampano and Johnny character... do they seriously just being caught like that and there is no one intend to save them? Well, overall is a good and entertaining movie... =D

Ki I've watched "The Thieves" multiple times here in Korea and every time came away really impressed with the film. Story works well and diverges quite a bit from "Oceans 11" by somewhere in the 30 minute to 60 minute mark. Some of the action scenes also kick ass, especially with Kim Yun-Seok climbing and flying on buildings as well as Gianna Jun (Jun Ji-Hyun). Three performers stand out for me in the film - even though everybody did a good job. Kim Yun-Seok's action scenes looked great! Gianna Jun had her best role since "My Sassy Girl". She looked fantastic and performed just as well. Lastly Kim Soo-Hyun provided for a lot of funny/cute scenes that seemed to give the movie a bolt of energy whenever a possible lull in the action seemed lurking in the corner. Like most people know by now, "The Thieves" has sold a ton of tickets here in South Korea and this is largely due to the great ensemble cast plus stellar work by the staff. I'm already hoping for a "The Thieves 2" !

Trinny in USA we can see this movie?

black_blood I will be watching this film for Gianna Jun :)

Susan Naces Can't wait to watch Kim Soo Hyun on Big Screen for Thieves, Fighting Oppa Soo Hyun!!

Myn-Zi popeye? anycall? what O_o

SUNSHINE Kim Soo -Hyun is a best actor,cann not way to see HIM at The Professionals &DreamHigh season 2

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