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2009: Lost Memories (2002)

2009 loseuteu maemorijeu (original title)
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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Dong-Gun Jang ... 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)
Shôhei 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

1 February 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

2009: Lost Memories See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,049,825
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

2009: Lost Memories (2002) was a co-production between Korea and Japan, coinciding with the 2002 FIFA World Cup, held jointly in Japan and South Korea. See more »

Goofs

After the intruder shoots Sakamoto's uncle and the fight ensues, Sakamoto grabs the gun and shoots one final shot as the intruder jumps out the window. When he fires, we hear a regular gunshot, even though that gun had a silencer. See more »

Connections

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

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An exciting action-packed drama with some imagination!
22 February 2002 | by appletreeSee all my reviews

This movie is the newest success of the rising Korean film industry. It's got drama, plot, action, emotions, and nice acting all rolled into one, on the background of a fantastical assumption on a twist of real history.

Note on the title. The setting is the year 2009, and the film is based on the assumption that Korea is still a colony of Japan, as it had been for the past 100 years, because a single assassination attempt back in 1909, which succeeded in real life, failed and changed the whole course of history for the past 100 years in this alternative story. A Korean-born special agent tries to set the history right, and his colleague, a Japanese-born and a friend of his, tries to stop him.

Although made in Korea, dialogues are about 70% Japanese, and you have to have some knowledge in the history of the two countries to fully understand this movie, but the setting and basis is very imaginative and fascinating, that anybody can appreciate it. The two stars of the movie, Dong-Kun Jang and Toru Nakamura, who are Korean and Japanese in real life, are very fine, and make up a nice team. The action scenes, which are plenty in this movie, are nicely choreographed and serve to contribute to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The Korean film industry is growing, so the next time you catch a Korean movie, it could be this one!


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