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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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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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A scene in which Jung-woo Ha's character gobbles a baguette was not included in the final edit, and director Seung-wan Ryoo promised fans to make the footage public when the film exceeded 3 million admissions. The clip was released on February 7. See more »


When the North Korean interpreter was looking at the exit direction placard, the local information does not match the ones at Brandenburg Gate. The Berlin Fernsehturm (Berlin Television Tower) and the Berliner Rathaus (Berlin City Hall) are located at Alexanderplatz several kilometers away from Brandenburg Gate. Since Brandenburg Gate is the site of many embassies, the actual placard does not show any embassy when the fake placard in the film showed only the US embassy (US Botschaft). See more »


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22 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

I'm always surprised that other people are surprised that South Korea is capable of delivering good action movies. The action scenes/stunts from this movie alone put some American movies to shame! There is almost an insanity to some of them, but it comes across as really well executed (no pun intended).

Having said that, what I also like about movies from Korea, is their ability to make you invest into characters, while simultaneously keeping them mysterious or at least in grey areas as well. What is good and who is bad, could be a question, but what would be the answer? If you'd be able to answer that of course. Not all movies work with that formula, but this particular one does. You might have to wrap your head around this, so it might take a few minutes to get who is who and doing what, but once you are there (without the movie patronizing you), you will be able to really enjoy this

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