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The Berlin File

2009

NR
4.4 out of 5 stars (24) IMDb 6.6/10

Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean "ghost" agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Was he betrayed by his wife or his country?

Starring:
Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Seung-wan Ryoo
Starring Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han
Supporting actors Seung-beom Ryu, Ji-hyun Jun, Kyeong-yeong Lee, John Keogh, Numan Acar, Pasquale Aleardi, Moo-Seong Choi, Do Won Kwak, Seo-hyeong Kim, Thomas Thieme, Tayfun Bademsoy, Werner Daehn, Sinja Dieks, Seung-ik Baek, Toni Varvasoudis, Matthias Günther, Oskars Lauva, Can Aydin
Studio Inception Media Group
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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By C. Hixson on March 27, 2014
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The movie is a great action flick and the plot, screen play and dialogue are smart, sophisticated and informed.
In sum, the battle scarred hero of North Korean intelligence based in Berlin attempts to defend himself from a
double cross. The best Korean films feature lightning fast fighters (non-CGI) giving and taking solid body blows
using walls, pipes, books, staplers or really anything that comes to hand. Berlin file provides plenty of it logically
arranged at points in the story where forces would collide. The film seems to draw comparisons between the
stalwart agent of the North who has been formed under the brutal communist cult of personality to the leader where any
divergence from the party is a cause for liquidation, and the dogged counter spy of the South Korean team joined to the point of death with the ideology of "team" and "job." The North agent has to put his marriage second to duty to the party and the South agent has to knock aside corrupt self serving bureaucrats becoming a rogue in the process. Many fine details make it a
prime offering in the genre.
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Imagine a Korean film team watched the Bourne movies. Imagine them agreeing that the movies were fine, except they needed more car chases, fights, and shootouts. That's the modern style of Korean action movie, and The Berlin File (along with The Stranger and The Man From Nowhere) is one of the best.
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Grim, brilliant, post Cold War espionage tale of Korean spies in Germany. High octane as a North Koran spy couple are marked for death and try to run for their lives. Leads fare better in action than romantic couple. A good stab at the ultra-seriousness of both South and North Korean counter-intelligence. Why can't the two Koreas just get along?
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I confess that it was hard to figure out what was going on in the movie because in this spy movie everyone seems to be double crossing each other and are at each others throat.
Pyo Jong-seong is a ghost agent - an agent without a record. He had been mixed up in an weapons deal which went bad and now everybody seems to want him dead, his own agency, and a host of others and that includes his wife as well.
Everything that has to go wrong for Pyo does so throughout the film and that makes the film very enjoyable. Some of the action scenes are just too good. However there are times when the pace slackens and the film might have benefited from some editing. Nevertheless, I loved watching the film if only for the action sequences.
Release date:15th Feb, 2013
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This is another superb Korean action-thriller. A must see!! Korean movies continually get better and better. They are simply THE BEST!!!!!
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I am glad they have this movie for instant play. Korean movies - thrillers and action- lately have surpassed HK movies. Berlin File is pretty polished visually. The non-Korean actors do come across as bad actors but the Korean cast is great. The movie is fast paced and is a good spy thriller like bourne series.
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When it comes to South Korean action thrillers, there are few who can match director (sometimes actor/stuntman) Ryoo Seung-Wan. The man knows how to make his action films with style, intense and even at times, funny....but he certainly knows when and how to make the proper tempo and mood for his action films. He has come a long way since "Arahan", "No Blood, No Tears", "The Unjust" and "City of Violence", and he appears to be on a roll with his latest 2013 Korean film "The Berlin File". A spy thriller that otherwise appears to be more of the same, Seung-Wan who also writes and directs, comes out with something familiar and yet different; as he manages to make the stakes much more personal. This may be the best spy thriller to hail from Korea since "Shiri".

A tense arms deal goes horribly wrong, and North Korean operative Pyo Jong-Seong (Ha Jung-Woo, The Yellow Sea) narrowly escapes when Israeli mossad agents barge into the scene. A little lost and surprised, Pyo comes across conflicting evidence as to how things had gone wrong and just who it was who set him up. Meanwhile, a South Korean operative, Jung Jin-Soo (Han Suk-kyu) goes after Pyo in the hopes of decoding his identity and to determine if he is some kind of double agent. What he finds is something much more complicated, as some things did not fit the North Korean's part of the deal. What makes things worst is that suspicion had arisen on Pyo's own wife, Jung-Hee (Gianna Jun, The Thieves) who also serves as a translator for the North Korean ambassador and Pyo has 48 hours to prove otherwise. The North Koreans have dispatched a ruthless fixer named Dong Myung-Soo (Ryoo Seung-Bun, Arahan) to get to the bottom of the leak within.
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The story almost got lost in the script. I was dropping bread crumbs fast as I could. But it was still a very good movie.
I did miss English subtitles. That would have been a help for me. And a couple of scenes seemed to be searching for light at the end of the tunnel. But over all, it was very good. Lots of action.
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