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Yesterday (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  13 June 2002 (South Korea)
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1990. A number of children suddenly disappear. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense selects an elite group of scientists for a top-secret mission. Then, 30 years later ... The year is 2020 on... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Seung-woo Kim ...
Suk
...
Hisu (as Yoon-jin Kim)
Min-su Choi ...
Goliath
Seon-a Kim ...
May
So-yeong Jeong ...
Joe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leraldo Anzaldua ...
SI Beard 1 (voice)
...
May (voice) (as Christine Auten)
Greg Ayres ...
Ah-zhou / Walla (voice)
Rick Burford ...
Chief / Psychopath (voice)
...
Hisu (voice)
Victor Carsrud ...
Walla (voice)
Luci Christian ...
Dispatch (voice)
...
Insu Aide (voice)
...
Goliath (voice)
...
Ahm / SI Beard 2 / Home Phone Man / Sniped Goliath Subordinate (voice)
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1990. A number of children suddenly disappear. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense selects an elite group of scientists for a top-secret mission. Then, 30 years later ... The year is 2020 on a reunified Korean Peninsula. A string of murders is committed against retired scientists. The Special Investigations (SI) unit staffed by a crack team from the former North and South Koreas and outfitted with the latest technology is brought in to investigate. The killer, however, far from being deterred, taunts them with a signature pendant at every murder scene. In an act of devilish boldness he even kidnaps the son of the investigation team's leader, Seok. Then, in a stakeout, Seok manages to shoot dead one of the murderer's underlings. Cloaked in the man's clothes, however, is Seok's son, now dead by the hand of his father ... Meanwhile, in the megapolis Intercity, the chief of police is kidnapped right in front of his heavy security detail and the culprit leaves another pendant at the scene. ... Written by Anonymous

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Enjoyable but flawed
25 August 2003 | by (Edinburgh, UK) – See all my reviews

If you go to see Yesterday expecting a Hollywood style science-fiction blockbuster you're bound to be disappointed. This film has a slow and morbid pace and tension and comparisons to Minority Report are misguided. A better comparison is Se7en, although it's considerably less gory.

The version I saw was sub-titled and was clearly translated by someone for whom English wasn't their first language. There are a number of lines in the film that simply don't make sense. At one point the detective asks for a "posterior analysis" to be made, which brought a smile to my face. During the credits sequence at the beginning the dialogue translations are mixed with the credits causing considerable confusion. These faults don't generally impede enjoyment of the film but they don't help.

It's certainly worth watching this film if you enjoy more intelligent science-fiction, but I can't see it making a wider impact.


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