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2009: Lost Memories -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Carl Macek (dialogue: English version)
Sang-hak Lee
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Release Date:
1 February 2002 (South Korea) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Incredible movie. See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dong-gun Jang ... Sakamoto
Tôru Nakamura ... Saigo
Jin-ho Seo ... Haerin
Goo Shin ... Takahashi
Chun Ho-jin ... Elder
Kil-Kang Ahn ... Myunghak
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Burford ... Myunghak / CLA Goatee (voice: English version)
Victor Carsrud ... Surveillance (voice: English version)
Luci Christian ... Yuriko (voice: English version)

Kaytha Coker ... Haerin (voice: English version)
Masaaki Daimon
Marty Fleck ... Narrator (voice: English version)

John Gremillion ... Junhwan / Barkeep 1 (voice: English version)
Jay Hickman ... Hideyo / Young Council / Barkeep 2 (voice: English version)
Shôhei Imamura
Nobuyuki Katsube
Gyu-ri Kim ... Teacher (as Min-sun Kim)
Mike Kleinhenz ... Commissioner (voice: English version)
Sa-Pi Lee
Svea Macek ... Computer (voice: English version)

Mike MacRae ... JBI 2nd-in-Command (voice: English version)
Kira Maltezos ... Minjae / Keiko / Reporter / Teacher / Walla (voice: English version) (as Kira Vincent-Davis)
George Manley ... Inoue Man (voice: English version)

Andy McAvin ... Elder (voice: English version)

Vic Mignogna ... Saigo (voice: English version)
Ken Mitsuishi ... Hideyo
Rob Mungle ... Exhibitor (voice: English version)
Phil Ross ... Ono (voice: English version)
John Swasey ... Sakamoto (voice: English version)
John Tyson ... Takahashi (voice: English version)
Sang-Jeon Woo
Miki Yoshimura ... Yuriko
Carl Macek ... Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Si-myung Lee 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sang-hak Lee 
Si-myung Lee 
Carl Macek  dialogue: English version

Produced by
Stanley Kim .... executive producer
Yoon-young Kim .... producer
John Ledford .... executive producer (english version)
Carl Macek .... producer (english version)
Shinichiro Nakata .... producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
 
Original Music by
Dong-jun Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Hyun-chul Pak 
 
Casting by
Carl Macek (english version) (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Ki-chul Kim 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sang-hak Lee .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jacob A. Gragard .... adr recordist
Brent Marshall .... sound re-recording mixer (english version)
Richard Stanford .... sound mixer (english version)
 
Visual Effects by
Sung-ho Chang .... digital effects supervisor
Seongho Jang .... visual effects supervisor: Mofac Studio
Heedong Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Seunghyuk Kim .... digital effects artist
Seok-yeon Lee .... visual effects supervisor
Hojin Park .... digital compositor
 
Other crew
Sang-kuk Frank Kim .... story consultant
Carl Macek .... dialogue director: english version
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive strong violence
Runtime:
136 min
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Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After the intruder shoots Sakamoto's uncle and the fight ensues, Sakamoto grabs the gun and shoots one final shot as the intruder jumps out the window. When he fires, we hear a regular gunshot, even though that gun had a silencer.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Ahn Jung-geun, Patriot (1972)See more »

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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Incredible movie., 20 October 2002
Author: Pat Pilon (pat00139) from Ottawa, Canada

I didn't really know what this movie was about when I started it. I wasn't disappointed. The movie takes place in an alternate timeline where Japan owns Seoul and the rest of Korea. Korean terrorists wreak havoc in a fancy building for some as-yet unclear reason, and it's the job of two cops (one Japanese, the other Korean) to find out what's going on. What follows is one hell of a ride. Make sure you're resting while watching this movie, because you wouldn't want to get hurt.

The first action sequence at the beginning of the movie sets the tone for the rest of the flick. The shoot-out has this incredible intensity and never lets up. The rest of the movie follows suit. You don't really know what's going on at first, but you know it's going to be explained, and that it's going to be worth it. The shoot-outs that follow only top one another, which, after seeing the first 15 minutes, is quite hard to believe. They're so incredible. They might not have the scale as 'Heat' or the budget of 'The Rock' but they sure as hell are as intense (if not more), and as good, if not better, than whatever comes out of Hollywood.

As with 'Shiri', the action in this movie rests on one great story. Throughout the movie, the characters become more and more like real people. No one is a hero, no one is Superman here. The characters are thrust into improbably situations, but they always stay rather believable. When they're not shooting guns, the drama part of the story takes over, and you're actually as impressed with what happens. You feel for the characters, and you're actually kind of glad you don't have to make the decisions they have to make. I could kind of see where some of the relationships were going, and I didn't really want them to go there, but I suppose they had to. The story, on the other hand, is a complete mystery. I never knew where it was going.

This movie actually says something, as well. Just like in 'Shiri', it's not action for the sake of action - it's action for the sake of actually saying something. It's slightly on the nationalistic side, but that doesn't really bother me, the message that the movie portrays is definitely worth the moments spent nationalism. It's really not as bad as some other movies I've seen. The movie is insanely political, I was actually very surprised. No Hollywood studio would have the guts to do something like this. I suppose the implications of the movie are universal, but they chose to have Japan control Korea. It's quite refreshing to see a movie, an action movie no less, with a thoughtful story.

The cinematography is gorgeous. I've seen all of 3 Korean movies and they all had this incredible visual style. This one is obviously included. Most of the movie is shot with a lot of blues and grays. It creates this nice, calm atmosphere among the instances of carnage. Add to that some great, invigorating music (which also reminded of the music in 'Shiri', but that's probably due to the fact that the same composer scored both movies), and the entire mood is perfectly set.

An amazing movie with brains and brawn, everybody should enjoy this movie.

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