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Jong-seong, a North Korean ghost agent, interrupts an illegal arms sale in Berlin. A notorious North Korean agent tests the loyalties of everyone involved as Jong-Seong prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Seung-wan Ryoo

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Ted Geoghegan (english dialogue), Stefanie Y. Hong (translation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jung-woo Ha ... Pyo Jong-sung
Suk-kyu Han ... Jung Jin-soo
Seung-bum Ryoo ... Dong Myung-soo (as Seung-beom Ryu)
Ji-hyun Jun ... Ryun Jung-hee (as Gianna Jun)
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Ri Hak-soo
John Keogh ... Marty
Numan Acar ... Abdul
Pasquale Aleardi ... Dagan
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ... Kang Min-ho
Do-won Kwak ... Blue House Investigator
Seo-hyeong Kim ... North Korean Embassy Secretary
Thomas Thieme Thomas Thieme ... Sigmund
Tayfun Bademsoy ... Asim
Werner Daehn ... Yuri
Sinja Dieks Sinja Dieks ... Restaurant Waitress
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Storyline

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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Trust no one. Suspect everyone. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | German

Release Date:

15 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Agent See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$665,210, 21 November 2013
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 Ford SUV used to drive to the remote house uses the wrong licence plates. The depicted plates (B-2452) are of a format reserved for official use only (i.e. Police). In addition, the plates are missing the vehicle inspection stickers ("TÜV-Plakette"). 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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Feels Like A Hollywood Movie With South Korean Flare
17 December 2014 | by TheFilmGuy1See all my reviews

What do you get when you mix the Bourne movies with a North/South Korean spy story? This film.

A North Korean spy in Berlin finds himself in a whole world of trouble, involving betrayal and lots of action. The complicated story is something that makes sense for a political based spy thriller, but can get pretty convoluted at times. I would say that I know more about North/South Korean relations than there average person, and i'm no expert, but I still found myself lost at times. Lot's of different characters interact and double cross and it can be hard figuring out who wants what and who did what. But I think at the end of the film I kind of got the main idea. I can certainly see this being a problem with some audiences.

The action is this is pretty great. The fights and shootouts are tightly shot and well directed, making it feel like a Hollywood film, in a good way. Nothing feels cheap or cheesy. It's gritty and hard hitting, just how I like my action.

I guess at the end of the day, there was just something missing for me. I can't quite pinpoint it, which is useless in terms of me giving a clear opinion in this review, but I can't help it. I enjoyed it, but I don't know if it's under rated and recommendable in the way that a film like The Man From Nowhere is. Perhaps the confusing plot just kind of took me out and had me less connected, leading to the big twists being less hard hitting. Either way, I would say watch this if you're up for the challenge or figuring out a highly political and twisting plot. It's entertaining and well made, which is great to see. It also sets itself up for a sequel, which would be interesting to see. Another example of good Korean film making.


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