YAKSHA: RUTHLESS OPERATIONS (2022) Netflix Action Thriller Reviews
Yaksha: Ruthless Operations Yaksha: Ruthless Operations is a 2022 Korean action thriller about the ruthless leader of a black ops team on a dangerous mission. Based in Shenyang, China, the film also revolves around a former prosecutor who was demoted at the spy agency.
Written and directed by Nah Hyeon (The prison). The film stars Sol Kyung-gu and Park Hae-soo.
“Aside from minor pacing issues and a twist that takes too many turns, the film is packed with thrilling spy action, charismatic characters and a cast that fires on all cylinders. Yaksha: Ruthless Operations doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it embraces the espionage subgenre with open arms, allowing the tropes to get the job done without getting bogged down and always keeping its characters central to the story. 6.5/10 But why is that?
“Visually, the film operates within the confines of digital cinematography, a format more suited to a television broadcast than a true cinematic experience. […] Yaksha: Ruthless Operations works well as meaningless entertainment, but it fails quite to reach the high standards that the South Korean film industry is capable of delivering. 5/10 fictional skyline
“Yaksha’s Ruthless Operations is interesting and high octane although its 2 hour battery life may create a problem. It’s a bit sluggish on the last leg and lacking the action we so desperately crave, making it a mixed bag. 3.5/5 Leisure byte
“It’s interesting to watch and satisfying like an action thriller set in the world of espionage (not the kind of spy with lots of gadgets but the good old spy who doesn’t care about the dirty ground work.) Personally, to me, it didn’t seem to have that extra sparkle that would make this absolutely awesome and amazing. 3.5/5 Mike’s Movie Moments
“While the action scenes keep the adrenaline pumping for you to enjoy and the actors do their best to convey the emotions, the film as a whole is undoubtedly half-baked. The chemistry between Yaksha Sol Kyung-gu and prosecutor Ji-hoon Park Hae-soo is one of the highlights of the film. Their partnership is the strongest aspect of the whole film. 2.5/5 Stable cut ready
Available worldwide April 8, 2022 on Netflix.
Cast and characters:
Sol Kyung-gu as Ji Kang-in, head of the Shenyang branch of the NIS
Park Hae-soo as Han Ji-hoon, a prosecutor from the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi as Ozawa Yoshinobu, a Japanese spy
Yang Dong-geun as Chief Hong, a Black Team agent
Lee El as Hee-won, a veteran Black Team senior agent
Song Jae-rim as Jae-gyu, a black team agent.
Park Jin-young as Jeong-dae, the youngest member of the black team
Lee Soo-kyung as Mun Ju-yeon, a crucial person needed for the black team to function
Jin Kyung as Yeom Jeong-won, director of the NIS’s 4th Foreign Intelligence Activities Bureau
Jin Seo-yeon as Ryun Hee, an intelligence officer for the North Korean Security Agency
Choi Won-young as Lee Chan-young, Chairman of Sangin Group
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