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The Berlin File (2013)

Bereullin (original title)
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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-sung
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Jung Jin-soo
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Dong Myung-soo (as Seung-beom Ryu)
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Ryun Jung-hee (as Gianna Jun)
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Ri Hak-soo
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Marty
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Abdul
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Dagan
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Kang Min-ho
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Blue House Investigator
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North Korean Embassy Secretary
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Sigmund
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Asim
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Yuri
Sinja Dieks ...
Restaurant Waitress
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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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Action | Drama | Thriller

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15 February 2013 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

The milk truck is a conventional truck (with its engine in front of the driver). This type of vehicle is not used in Germany due to strict regulations concerning the maximum vehicle length. See more »

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

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Excellent South Korean action flick
26 June 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

The Berlin File is a combination of the serious and glamorised spy film strands. While on the one hand, its plot deals with contemporary issues and politics in a serious way, it also has several explosive action scenes. It's a terrific combination to be perfectly honest, both strands blend seamlessly into one and other. The plot-line is in fact pretty complex and convoluted so it is necessary to pay attention. In very brief summary it's about a botched arms deal that leads to civil strife between North Korean secret agents and ends up involving the South Koreans, the CIA, Mossad and the Arabs. That is of course a ludicrously simplified plot summary but there are too many twists and turns in this one to adequately describe without recourse to too much synopsis.

The characters are well drawn, particularly the two North Korean agents and their South Korean equivalent. They are convincing and strong anchors to base this story on. In fact seeing as this is a South Korean film it's nice to note that the hero of the piece is a North Korean agent. This adds an unusual subversion of expectations. The location for the film too has been specifically chosen. Berlin is the one European city that historically most clearly mirrors Korea. It was divided East and West like Korea is North and South, with one half capitalist the other communist. The old East Germany was very similar to North Korea. But irrespective of the politics, it's just a good idea in general to use a modern European city as the setting for an Asian action flick. It gives the whole thing a more original feel. Seeing the German location used as the battleground for intense Korean action sequences works really well. Those scenes are well worth waiting for. They are a combination of martial arts, gun fights and chases. They are all extremely well controlled and exciting.

The Berlin File is an excellent action flick with a lot in it that makes it feel fresh and vibrant. Definitely recommended.


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