A failed assassination attempt in Harbin, China in 1909 changes the course of history. Now two JBI agents must find the connections between it and an ancient Korean artifact.

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Si-myung Lee
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jang Dong-Gun ... Sakamoto
Tôru Nakamura ... Saigo
Jin-ho Seo Jin-ho Seo ... Haerin
Goo Shin ... Takahashi
Ho-jin Chun ... Elder
Kil-kang Ahn ... Myunghak (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Burford Rick Burford ... Myunghak / CLA Goatee (voice)
Victor Carsrud ... Surveillance (voice)
Luci Christian ... Yuriko (voice)
Kaytha Coker ... Haerin (voice)
Masaaki Daimon Masaaki Daimon
Marty Fleck Marty Fleck ... Narrator (voice)
John Gremillion ... Junhwan / Barkeep 1 (voice)
Jay Hickman ... Hideyo / Young Council / Barkeep 2 (voice)
Shohei Imamura
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Storyline

There are breakpoints in the history, the result of a single event may change the whole course... In 1909, an assassination attempt of a Japanese governor fails - the assassin was shot by a soldier. Now, in 2009, Korea is just another state of the Japan Empire and Seoul has become a major city. A Korean resistance group called Hureisenjin is formed to fight for liberty and independence. Two cops, a Japanese and a Korean (who denies his heritage) are investigating the actions of this "terrorist" group. And their work lead them to an artifact of the ancient Korean religion of "Sun and Moon". Written by Cem Kocak(ckocak@sunguru.com)

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Rated R for pervasive strong violence | See all certifications »
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In about the 48 minute on the right hand screen an image of a damage building can be see. The building depicted is the Bijlmer flat in Amsterdam, Netherlands that fell victim of the crash of El Al flight 1862 on October the 4th 1992. See more »

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Sakamoto has several spots of blood on his shirt including one on his left shoulder. After Saigo helps him escape, as he walks down the street, the spot of blood on his left shoulder is gone. See more »

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References Ahn Jung-geun, Patriot (1972) See more »

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What if all you knew was a lie?
17 February 2005 | by MovieRat-2See all my reviews

No, we are not talking about another Matrix-esque film where the world is really a virtual reality dream/nightmare...this is a film that takes a serious look at one of the many great "what if's" in history and shows how the world would have been. One of my favorite things about this film is that it shows the extremes of what people will do to either keep that history or change it. Its race against race; father against son; and friend against friend in a race for a nation's identity. Who will win, who will lose, and who will ultimately decide the fate of the world? Fantastic action sequences that seem almost too real. The bloodshed abounds in this film as we see repeated scenes of terrorists face off against police forces in shoot-outs that can only end with the annihilation of one group or the other. The battle scenes are realistic in that you don't see your standard "good guys never miss while bad guys can't hit the broad side of a barn" routine, these are truly horrific battles with a large casualty count from both sides.

The film, however, isn't all about action. The story itself stands on its own as you try to piece together the jigsaw of clues and dead-ends to find out what in the world is the truth. Even when you arrive at the climax of the whole story you are left on one cliff-hanger after another, wondering if this will be the final bullet to decide it all...and at the ending there is no cliff hanging, the writers have thrown you off the cliff and you wonder what awaits you at the bottom.

Despite this nail biting ending, the film had is draw backs: 1) a plot that progresses like a starting train, VERY slow at first before gaining tremendous steam at the end; 2)lots and lots of blood, not for the squeamish; 3)the ending had a loose end that was never explained; and 4)you will want more character background and insight from the two main characters.

A very good film that had plenty of room for improvement.


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Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

1 February 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

2009: Lost Memories See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,049,825
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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