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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 »
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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:
Interesting, but for the wrong reasons See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dong-gun Jang ... Sakamoto
Tôru Nakamura ... Saigo
Jin-ho Seo ... Haerin
Goo Shin ... Takahashi
Ho-jin Chun ... 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)
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)
Kira Vincent-Davis ... Minjae / Keiko / Reporter / Teacher / Walla (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
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 .... sound mixer (English version)
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
 
Music Department
Mark Willsher .... scoring mixer
 
Other crew
Sang-kuk Frank Kim .... story consultant
Carl Macek .... dialogue director: english version
 

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Rated R for pervasive strong violence
Runtime:
136 min
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Trivia:
The film takes place in 2009.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Ahn Jung-geun, Patriot (1972)See more »

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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, but for the wrong reasons, 24 November 2006
Author: Mikael from Sweden

This movie has a semi interesting plot. Not very new or original, neither very bad or too obvious. As usual when it comes to South Korean popular movie industry the craftsmanship is next to flawless. The lighting and the scenery are beautiful, the soundtrack is very sentimental and bordering to über-cheese but that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone with the slightest experience in Asian movies. The acting is also good though the English dub doesn't seem to even try to do any lip sync and brings down the overall impression. The special effects are functional but not really that spectacular. Also, the action scenes have way to much slow motion for my taste. Though, I guess this is made in order to boost the sense of patriotism. And, this is where I have my main criticism.

It contains about all components of the propaganda the nationalistic parts of South Korean society likes to flatter itself with. Embarrassingly obvious, even more than usual. North and South Korea are united because they really are brothers. No Korean would harm another Korean. Japan is an enemy, has always been and will always be. Japanese people are not to be trusted, not even those you consider close friends. The Korean on the other hand are brave and self sacrificing with a pure heart. The key to the entire plot comes from the superior ancient culture and system of worship from the Korean peninsula. There are so many subtle details that are being pushed in that mean really a lot if you have an understanding of Korean culture, like the Korean main character has become so Japanese he doesn't even eat Kimchi (!).

I agree that the patriotism is so much an undisputed part of Korean culture even today that it should not come as a surprise, and I have enough experience of South Korea to be very aware of this when watching this movie. The problem here is that this script is so saturated with nationalistic propaganda that I feel it being written for this very purpose. It can sometimes lead to (umm...) interesting results, though seldom to properly good ones.

It's the equivalent of the American action movie where all baddies have a "foreign" accent, smoke cigarettes and the bad guy boss has a hint of latent homosexuality. Just translate those components into Korean values. Enjoy it as no-brainer entertainment for killing some time, or more interestingly for understanding the components of Korean nationalism and the grudge toward Japan in a commercial movie production. If you want to see a really good Korean movie, for there are lots of them, pick another one.

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