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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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Pyo, Jong-Seong
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Dong, Myeong-soo
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Ryeon, Jung-hee (as Gianna Jun)
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Arab terrorist #2
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Ri Hak-soo
Toni Varvasoudis ...
Arab Man #1
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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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When the North Korean agent was travelling to Brandenburg Gate, she appeared to have boarded the S-Bahn at Friedrichstraße on the elevated platforms. However, the S-Bahn travelling directly from Friedrichstraße to Brandenburg Gate is actually underground. The carriage that she and the agents travelled from Friedrichstraße to Brandenburg Gate is an U-Bahn as depicted by the kaleidoscopic pattern on the vinyl seat covers. S-Bahn Berlin uses the green cloth seat covers. The line graph showing the stations is for S1 line that stops in Friedrichstraße and Brandenburg Gate rather than the U-Bahn as depicted in the film. See more »

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The Berlin File is an excellent espionage film
3 October 2014 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I frequently complain against the espionage films which sacrifice intrigue and suspense in favor of the action. That's why I'm glad to say that the film The Berlin File combines both aspects with a remarkable expertise, offering us an interesting and complex screenplay, accompanied by solid action scenes overflowing of energy. Besides, the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the European settings increments the realism of a story which gets more complicated with every new scene. And I would also like to applaud the political subversion of the film, financed by the studio CJ Entertainment (the biggest one in South Korea), but with a North Korean main character. I don't know whether that might have been a mere political correction, or a genuine call to the cooperation between both nations... after all, what matters is the dramatic richness that that "small" detail brings to the narrative. Some people compared The Berlin File to the Jason Bourne saga, but it reminds me more of the TV series The Americans (even though it has more shootouts and martial arts), because it also handles an interesting moral disjunctive, putting us on the side of the "evil ones" in order to point out the fact the "good ones" might not be as much so as we had thought. And both also portray the tense family dynamic between spies who, besides of everything, also have to deal with the difficulties of marriage. Some couples discuss about financial matters; the husband and wife from The Berlin File talk about putsches or betrayals to the motherland. Anyway, the combination is very satisfactory. My only complaint against The Berlin File is that the intelligent screenplay occasionally employs clichés which feel a bit out of place, such as the talkative villain, and the convenient "don't kill him yet", when there's no valid reason to wait... except for creating the opportunity to the hero to escape. Nevertheless, that's a minor complaint, and it doesn't avoid me from enthusiastically recommending The Berlin File as an excellent espionage film.


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