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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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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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The police car at the site of the shooting at the flat has the wrong licence plates. They start with B-RS while the Berlin Police officially uses plates that start just with B, followed by numbers. See more »

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Nifty combination of spying and pursuit
28 January 2015 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

This century, many Korean films have gained both reputation and good box office in the West as well - as providing another approach and arrangement than English-speaking films with often recurring/hackneyed elements. Bereullin is another fine example of this, with tensions between Koreas and with Arabs were brought into a German city (towards the ending - into Latvia, what was odd). Apart from usual intelligence issues, we see another dimension of betrayal concept, and how greed for money and hollow slogans can have the same origin (also visible in present Russia, for example). Although the plot has some flaws, especially explanation-related, the events alternate smoothly, there are some twists and skilfully accomplished action scenes. Performances are also good, particularly the leading antagonists (well, as for supporting actors, it was sometimes difficult to identify them, but it is common vis-a-vis non-Caucasians).

Thus, a good action, rather different than usual US/British ones because of different action solutions and inclusion of Cold War breath into contemporary world. The big Iron Curtain is broken decades ago, but a small one still exists in North Korea.


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