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North and South Korean superspys battle and fall in love.

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Jong Won Yu
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Mu-young Park
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Myung-hyun Lee / Bang-hee Lee (as Yoon-jin Kim)
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Jang-gil Lee
Johnny Kim ...
Dae-Ho Jung (as Derek Kim)
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Hyeong-seong Jang
Su-ro Kim
Seung-Shin Lee
Yong-woo Park ...
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Storyline

North Korea's 8th Special Forces hijacks a shipment of CTX, a potent new liquid explosive, and threatens South Korea as part of a plot to re-unify the two countries. Ryu and Lee, special agents of O.P.--South Korea's secret intelligence service--attempt to track down the terrorists and find the CTX. Meanwhile Hee, the 8th's ultra-bad female sniper, resurfaces to wreak havoc and haunt Ryu. Written by Curtis G

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Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »
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13 February 1999 (South Korea)  »

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Shiri  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,156 (USA) (8 February 2002)

Gross:

$97,152 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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Trivia

German film fans were astonished when this film passed the ratings board FSK (known for its extensive dislike of excessive violence) uncut with a "Not under 16" rating. It was expected that the film would not get a rating at all and had to go for a JK approval from SPIO (Head organization of German film business). See more »

Goofs

The CTX convoy is shown driving to the right, including throughout the tunnel just before the ambush, but then it suddenly switches to the left side of the stripe when stopping at the checkpoint. See more »

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Always You
Written by Andy Goldmark and J.D. Martin
Performed by Jennifer Paige
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Slick, action-packed Korean political thriller
9 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Security agent Ryu stumbles upon a plot by North Korean fanatics (led by terrorist Park and assassin Hee) to disrupt peace and re-unification efforts by North and South politicians using high tech explosives and the hunt is on to stop them. Much gun play follows, as well as much talk about the politics and sociology of possible Korean re-unification. Given North Korea's history of selling weaponry to anyone with hard currency and South Korea's position as an important diplomatic and military ally of the U.S., such discussions are actually of worldwide interest. Since emerging in the mid-90s as a distinct cinematic power, South Korea has become filmdom's leading edge for cult actioners and this movie shows why. It is fast paced, uberviolent, with a polished look, tightly crafted plot line and strong performances by its ensemble cast.


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