The Berlin File (2013)
"Bereullin" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  15 February 2013 (USA)
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Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean "ghost" agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Was he betrayed by his wife or his country? He must prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.



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Credited cast:
Pyo, Jong-Seong
Jeong Jin-soo
Dong, Myeong-soo
Ryeon, Jung-hee (as Gianna Jun)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asim (rumored)
Sinja Dieks ...
Oskars Lauva ...
Arab terrorist #2
Kyeong-yeong Lee ...
Ri Hak-soo
Thomas Thieme ...
Toni Varvasoudis ...
Arab Man #1


A North Korean agent in Berlin is betrayed and cut loose in the midst of a financial espionage intrigue. Together with his wife, a translator at the North Korean embassy in Berlin, they try to escape being purged, as North and South Korean operatives relentlessly pursue them. Written by Anonymous

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15 February 2013 (USA)  »

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Berlin  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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While preparing for the film, director Seung-wan Ryoo met with several North Korean defectors and shot the documentary Spies for Korean broadcaster MBC as part of a special series that aired in 2011, intending "to make a realistic, fast-paced, Korean-style espionage action film about South Korean agents discovering North Korea's secret accounts and how political dynamics between the two Koreas get involved." Ryoo said he wanted the film to be reminiscent of The Bourne Identity (2002), and on an emotional level, to focus on the solitude and sorrow of those who live as secret agents. See more »


The small truck used to transport the kidnapped interpreter bears the markings "Döners Kebab" and "Donner Kebab". The correct spelling is "Döner Kebab". In addition, the primary language for markings would be German, not English ("Chicken döner"). See more »


Dong, Myeong-soo: Revenge... is a dish best served cold!
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References Black Rain (1989) See more »

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Actually a really good Korean action flick
10 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was actually quite impressed by this film, probably since it caught me off guard. Because Korea comes out with some good and even great films but just not so much when it comes to action movies. Maybe just few. This is actually a really good action popcorn flick that is entertaining and enthralling most of the way through. It felt like it blends elements from the "Bourne" films but has enough of it's own elements to be it's own film. The actors in this is just fantastic with their roles. Ha Jung-Woo has really worked himself up to becomes one of the top stars of Korea. He may not be the best looking lead actor in movies but that is why his characters are more believable, plus he is a good actor and charismatic as well. Ryoo Seung-Bum is the show stealer in this film and just about every scene he is in is chilling and also entertaining to watch. Han Suk-Kyu is basically Han Suk-Kyu in just about every movie he is in. But he usually fits the role and he fits right in with this one as well. Gianna Jun is also in this but her role could have been played by almost anyone. This film is probably even good enough to go toe to toe with some Hollywood action movies. Even the fight sequences are second to none because it has that "Bourne" movie vibe going for it but it's not all choppy and crap. Even if few action parts doesn't make much sense. You can actually see everything that is going on. Overall if you like Korean films and also action movies than check this one out. If not, just check it out anyways.


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