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2009: Lost Memories (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  1 February 2002 (South Korea)
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A failed assassination attempt in Harbin, China in 1909 changes the course of history. Now two JBI agents must find the connections between it and an ancient Korean artifact.

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Credited cast:
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Sakamoto
Tôru Nakamura ...
Saigo
Jin-ho Seo ...
Haerin
Goo Shin ...
Takahashi
Ho-jin Chun ...
Elder
Kil-Kang Ahn ...
Myunghak
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Rick Burford ...
Myunghak / CLA Goatee (voice)
Victor Carsrud ...
Surveillance (voice)
Luci Christian ...
Yuriko (voice)
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Haerin (voice)
Masaaki Daimon
Marty Fleck ...
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Junhwan / Barkeep 1 (voice)
Jay Hickman ...
Hideyo / Young Council / Barkeep 2 (voice)
Shôhei Imamura
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There are breakpoints in the history, the result of a single event may change the whole course... In 1909, an assassination attempt of a Japanese governor fails - the assassin was shot by a soldier. Now, in 2009, Korea is just another state of the Japan Empire and Seoul has become a major city. A Korean resistance group called Hureisenjin is formed to fight for liberty and independence. Two cops, a Japanese and a Korean (who denies his heritage) are investigating the actions of this "terrorist" group. And their work lead them to an artifact of the ancient Korean religion of "Sun and Moon". Written by Cem Kocak(ckocak@sunguru.com)

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Rated R for pervasive strong violence | See all certifications »
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The film takes place in 2009. See more »

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When Sakamoto dives behind the couch you can see that next to his gun holster, on the back of the couch, there is a mound exactly where the squib for the gunshot is going to go off. See more »

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Unmissable!
7 July 2002 | by (Somewhere) – See all my reviews

One of the most imaginative and refreshing movies I have seen for a while. It has all the ingredients of a blockbuster movie + has brains.

Jang Dong-Gun plays a special forces agent who lives in the former Korea, in an alternate timeline where an assassination attempt on a Japanese general went wrong (which it didn't in real life) and lead to the continued colonisation of Korea by the Japanese empire. The year is 2009 and Koreans have taken up Japanese names while the rebels have descended into the filth of the nation. There are still acts of rebellion by a rogue group, but as time goes on hope is beginning to fade for the 5000 year culture. As Jang is assigned to the case of the rogue group, he begins to feel sympathy for them as he descended from Korean blood also. As his sympathy and mixed emotions start to express, his superiors and even his partner & best friend turn their back on him by setting him up. Thus begins an unforgettable adventure.

This is the closest thing Korean or Asian filmmaking has got to true Hollywood blockbuster material. Most of the movie is in Japanese, and the star of the film Jang Dong-Gun shows true versatility by acting in two languages brilliantly. Give this a try!


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