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Dong-chang-saeng (2013)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 6 December 2013 (USA)
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The son of a North Korean spy decides to follow in his father's footsteps to protect his little sister.

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Ri Myung-hoon / Kang Dae-ho
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Lee Hye-in
Je-mun Yun ...
Cha Jung-min
Sung-ha Jo ...
Moon Sang-chul
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Ri Hye-in
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Big Dipper
Ju-shil Lee ...
Hwang Jeong-sook
Sun-kyung Kim ...
Head's Wife
Min-seok Kwak ...
Butler Kim
Ji-il Park ...
South Korean Agent
Sin-seong Lee ...
Dong-Seob
Min-jae Kim ...
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Yun-min Jeong ...
Scar
Ik-Hoon Jyeok ...
Homeroom Teacher
Gwang-jae Seo ...
Science Teacher
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After his father's botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-hoon and his young sister Hye-in are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sister's life, Myung-hoon "volunteers" to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector. While attending high school in the South (his cover), he meets another girl named Hye-in and rescues her when she comes under attack by school bullies. South Korean Intelligence soon discovers Myung-hoon's activities and begins tracking him, all the while as his own government sends a vicious assassin to eliminate him. Written by Well Go USA / edited by statmanjeff

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He'll stop at nothing to save her

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During a fight scene, actor Seung Hyun Choi (Ri Myung-hyoon) cut his hand from a glass window and was admitted to the hospital for surgery. See more »

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When Kang Dae-ho arrives at his new home (at around 11 mins) he looks at the motorbike which is a Ducati. Later on when he leaves the house with it (at around 21 mins) the sound of the motorbike engine is of an inline-4 motorbike. The Ducati (Monster) he is riding should have a totally different sound of a 90-degree v-twin, a well known Ducati low rumble, not the buzzing inline-4 sound we hear. See more »

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Butler Kim: There's only one rule here. You stay out of our business and we won't take interest in yours, either.
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If You'll Be Mine
Written by Robert Choy
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Looks like something straight out of manhwa which is cool, but that is probably the only positive thing I can say about this flick
15 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cool is all this movie is, and I don't mean that in a completely positive way either. This movie suffers from what made "71: Into the Fire" lacking in substance. It has some action sequences with good enough choreography but underneath it all, there just isn't much. This movie tries to attract younger audiences with the main characters being in high school and with the main protagonist constantly trying to act cool. Which is fine, since it worked in "The Man From Nowhere" but just doesn't really work here. Sure there are parts with characters getting all emotional and all, but it doesn't pierce the audiences. The way it's developed I just couldn't care for the protagonist and his situation. The martial arts sequences are alright but that is all that is going for this movie, which is fine if it's main focus is the martial arts but that isn't the case either. It tries to integrate a thrilling and gripping story, but fails. I may get some heat from T.O.P fan girls but the guy can't act and I just couldn't believe that a scrawny skinny guy like him is able to beat the crap out of people by slapping the around. He does his trademark look of looking oblivious until another fight scene starts. I know this is to show the characters innocence which he tries to do with every show and movie he is in but it gets tiresome. His stage performance as a rapper is fierce and cool though. I am fine with him wearing make up on stage as a rapper, but he freaking wears eyeliner in some scenes where he plays the action hero in a movie. Which does not work for me, no matter how big the pretty boy trend is in Korea. I just couldn't take him seriously. Anyways when it comes to the action sequences, they are far between and when it tries to focus on the story without the action it gets boring real easily and seems to drag without much interest development. Even the climax wasn't much, it's a forgettable movie overall and I think it just stood out in Korea because T.O.P is a popular entertainer.

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