A gentleman thief. A superrich collector. A museum curator. An unethical archaeologist. A professional excavator. These five grave-robbers improbably team together to steal an ancient artefact, 'the Excalibur of Joseon', from Seolleung right in the middle of Gangnam, Seoul. The royal sword of Yi Seong-gye is a priceless piece of history, but those trying to take it do not all have the same motives, and are keeping their different plots well-buried.
Park Jung-bae's twisty crowd-pleaser is all at once a tomb-raiding action adventure (expressly evoking Indiana Jones), a triple-crossing heist thriller, and a confidence-trick revenge movie, while never forgetting to be riotously entertaining. Yet Park is interested in exposing the real values that underlie modern Korean society, as these national treasures are not so much stolen as recovered.
Collectors is screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival.
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