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Carl Macek (dialogue: English version)
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13 June 2002 (South Korea) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Seung-woo Kim ... Suk

Yunjin Kim ... 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: English version)
Christine Auten ... May (voice: English version)
Greg Ayres ... Ah-zhou / Walla (voice: English version)
Rick Burford ... Chief / Psychopath (voice: English version)

Shelley Calene-Black ... Hisu (voice: English version)
Victor Carsrud ... Walla (voice: English version)
Luci Christian ... Dispatch (voice: English version)

Kaytha Coker ... Insu Aide (voice: English version)

Jason Douglas ... Goliath (voice: English version)

John Gremillion ... Ahm / SI Beard 2 / Home Phone Man / Sniped Goliath Subordinate (voice: English version)
Illich Guardiola ... SI Brown Hair / Corpse Inspector 2 / Ghetto Medic (voice: English version)
Jay Hickman ... Tech / Air Newscast 1 (voice: English version)
Seung-chae Lee (as Ji-seon Lee)
Carl Macek ... Ho / SI Dark Hair Short / Man from Past / Walla (voice: English version)
Svea Macek ... Woman from Past / SI Records / Computer (voice: English version)

Mike MacRae ... Jik (voice: English version)
Kira Maltezos ... Distraught Barfly (voice: English version) (as Kira Vincent-Davis)
George Manley ... Status Report / Corpse Inspector 1 / Border Ranger 1 / Walla (voice: English version)
Cynthia Martinez ... Reporter (voice: English version)

Andy McAvin ... No (voice: English version)

Jim McClellan ... Walla (voice: English version)

Vic Mignogna ... Jo (voice: English version)
Rob Mungle ... Barkeep (voice: English version)
Chris Patton ... SI Dark Hair Long (voice: English version)
Phil Ross ... Cloning Consultant (voice: English version)
John Swasey ... Suk (voice: English version)
John Tyson ... Insu (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Yun-su Chong 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carl Macek  dialogue: English version

Produced by
Byoung-ju Ahn .... producer
John Ledford .... executive producer (english version)
Carl Macek .... producer (english version)
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
 
Cinematography by
Han-cheol Jeong 
 
Film Editing by
Sun-min Kim 
 
Casting by
Carl Macek (english version) (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Seok-min Kim 
 
Sound Department
Brent Marshall .... sound re-recording mixer (english version)
Richard Stanford .... sound mixer (english version)
 
Other crew
Carl Macek .... dialogue director (version: english)
 

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South Korea:121 min
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Lost me quickly, and I could never really get back into it, 23 August 2003

If you fully understand the complexities of the plot of `Yesterday,' a new Korean sci-fi action movie, you deserve some sort of medal.

I'll try my best, though. There is a serial killer on the loose killing scientists. This leads to an investigation led by Seok (Seung-woo Kim), who accidentally shoots his kidnapped son, who was trying to escape the clutches of the killer. Later, the chief of police is kidnapped, and her daughter joins in the investigation. She is well trained and ambitious, like Clarice Starling without the emotion.

That is only the film's set up. Later (or earlier. or somewhere along the line) we are introduced to the concept of cloning, and the rights of the clones. This concept, as well as the visual appearance of the futuristic city that the film takes place in, is inspired, to say the least, by `Blade Runner,' which had androids instead of clones.

The film is directed by Yun-Su Jeon, a man with a good eye for visuals; the film looks fine. The problem with the film, it seems, is it tries to do to much; there is a lot of action, shooting and explosions, sometimes during battles where I was not even entirely sure who was fighting whom, and why they were bothering, and there is also a look at cloning in the future, as well as a sort of study into the personalities of the main characters. While I admire films that mix intelligence and ideas with action (`Minority Report,' the best film of last year, is a fine example), I think I need to have some time to breathe, and I also need to be able to know exactly what is going on. Keeping up with the plot is even more exhausting than keeping up with the action.

`Yesterday' is set mainly in 2020, in a unified Korea. It begins though, in 1990, where the scientists who are later to be killed off are picked for a special project, and some children disappear. The film starts off with a fight scene that made me think of the madness of `Black Hawk Down.' The confusion was part of the point of `Black Hawk Down,' here it is a distraction that takes much of the thrill (and all of the suspense) from the action scenes.

`Yesterday' requires a lot of attention and thought to follow the story, but it isn't really worth it. Yun Su-Jeon, I'm sure, has good films in him; what he needs to do now is find a story that he can explore more fully, without losing the audience. The film has split audiences in Korea. I do not hate it, but I did not particularly enjoy the experience of watching it; I ended up admiring aspects of it rather than enjoying it. I was looking at it rather than watching it.

While I think there could be a perfectly good character study about clones set in the future, or a perfectly good action films set in a world with clones and complex characters, the film tries to be both, never quite choosing what its main ambition is. Is it just trying to tell a story in its own way? Maybe, and maybe you'll enjoy its story, if you can keep up. I tried my best to, but didn't find the experience particularly rewarding.

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