Directed By RYOO Seung-wan
Featuring HA Jung-woo, HAN Suk-kyu, JUN Ji-hyun, RYOO Seung-bum, LEE Geung-young
Release Date January 29
Set in the German capital, The Berlin File follows a secret North Korean agent who gets embroiled in an arms deal with the Mossad and quickly finds himself up against a South Korean agent. Soon he encounters trouble from his own camp, as his wife, an interpreter in the North Korean embassy, comes under suspicion of being a double agent. As another ruthless operative is sent in from the secretive communist state to take hold of the situation, the agent is force to choose a side: the wife he loves or the country he serves.
Shot on location in Berlin and Latvia, the film’s aesthetic fashions an immersive aura of intrigue reminiscent of the cold war. Double crosses and mystery abound as shady characters from all over the world crisscross through historic European streets, exchanging secretive words in different languages. Characters find themselves in many small spaces and when the action stakes are raised these place are used to claustrophobic and electrifying effect.
Perhaps the most accomplished Korean action film to date, The Berlin File is an ambitious production that combines all of the Korean film industry’s considerable technical abilities. A confident word realized on a grand scale, RYOO’s latest only adds to his credentials as a purveyor of top-flight commercial entertainment.