The Berlin File

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South Korean NIS agent Jung Jin-Soo (Han Suk-Kyu) and his team stake out the Grand Westin Hotel in Berlin, Germany. They watch as an illegal weapons deal is about to take place between a Middle Eastern buyer, an unidentified North Korean seller and a Russian broker. At the moment the transaction is about to be consummated, the South Korean NIS team set out to raid the hotel room. Before they are able to enter the hotel room, something unexpected occurs and the North Korean man is able to flee up to the hotel rooftop. NIS agent Jung Jin-Soo and the North Korean man have a physical struggle on the rooftop, with the North Korean man able to escape. They will cross paths again.

Meanwhile, the North Korean man is Pyo Jong-Sung (Ha Jung-Woo), a North Korean agent who is known as "the Hero of the Republic" back home. Pyo Jong-Sung then learns from the North Korean ambassador (Lee Kyoung-Young), that Dong Myung-Soo (Ryoo Seung-Bum) is on his way to Berlin. Dong Myung-Soo is the son of a powerful North Korean official and also a lethal killer. The North Korean ambassador knows that with Dong Myung-Soo's appearance in Berlin something ominous will happen.

Dong Myung-Soo arrives in Berlin with the intent to take out Pyo Jong-Sung, his wife (Gianna Jun) and the North Korean ambassador. Dong Myung-Soo will replace the ambassador with himself and have his father's men take over the Berlin operation. His plan begins with the revelation that Pyo Jong-Sung's wife, who works as a translator at the North Korean embassy, is a traitor. Soon, Pyo Jong-Sung and his wife find themselves the targets of several powerful organizations as they desperately try to get out Berlin alive.

Notes

  1. Filming began April 16, 2012 at Namyangju Studio Complex in South Korea. The first scene shot involved Jung Jin-Soo (Han Suk-Kyu) and his team keeping watch on an illegal weapon distribution site. Filming in early May then moves to Berlin, Germany and Latvia.
  2. "The Berlin File" opens in North America on February 15, 2013. Movie screens in Atlanta (AMC Colonial Atlanta), Chicago (AMC Showplace Niles), Dallas (AMC Grapevine Mills), Houston (AMC Studio 30), Los Angeles (CGV Cinemas/Regal La Habra/Edwards University Town Center), Las Vegas (Regal Village Square 18), New Jersey (AMC Ridgefield Park), New York City (AMC Empire/AMC Bay Terrace), New Orleans (Zeitgeist Arts Center), Philadelphia (AMC Plymouth Meeting), San Diego (AMC Fashion Valley), Seattle (Century Federal Way/AMC Alderwood), Washington D.C. (Fairfax Towne Center 10), Montreal (Cineplex Odeon Forum) & Toronto (Cineplex Odeon), Vancouver (Cinplex Silvercity Coquitlam). Movie also screens in San Francisco (Century 20 Daly City) beginning February 22, 2013.

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The Berlin File-Ha Jung-Woo.jpg The Berlin File-Han Suk-Kyu.jpg The Berlin File-Ryoo Seung-Bum.jpg The Berlin File-Gianna Jun.jpg
Ha Jung-Woo Han Suk-Kyu Ryoo Seung-Bum Gianna Jun
Pyo Jong-Sung Jung Jin-Soo Dong Myung-Soo Ryun Jung-Hee

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comment What's up with all these North Korea films? I'm just saying...it's awesome!

xino an alright action movie. Fighting was good and music excellent. First 25mins was very hard to follow and understand but things starts to self explain afterwards. The actors were nice and believable but if only there was more emphasis on character development. The only problem with the movie is, it tries to be too much Americano-action movie with a taste of Korean. 7/10

Sa.Ho Watched it today , It was good but not perfect . BUT the actors were AMAZING . I can not find the right words to explain it . As expected Ha Jung Woo is just I don't know ......... perfect totally incredible , fabulous ah I LOVE his acting .

Bronte @Ki : big thanks dude. I found your review very helpful.

Ki Watched "The Berlin File" here in South Korea on opening day. I had really high expectations for the film and it actually surpassed those expectations by several orders. It was that great! The story gets more intense with every scene and just leaves you breathless by the final scene. The violence is also extreme but done in a spectacular manner. Ha Jung-Woo's fight scenes were just crazy impressive. Also, all of the four main leads were just so good with Gianna Jun (Jun Ji-Hyun) standing out for me, because with this film and "The Thieves" she has really stepped up her game and just shred her past image of a sweet face needing to play sweet characters. "The Berlin File" is also director Ryoo Seung-Wan's best film ever and that's not degrade to any of his past works. Stylistically and even conceptually, "The Berlin File" seems like a cross between "City of Violence" and "The Unjust," but just amped up to crazy heights, with the end result being a masterpiece. Simply put, "The Berlin File" is the best Korean action film I have ever seen. You can also place your bets when Hollywood comes calling for remake rights or becomes interested in Ryoo Seung-Wan. "The Berlin File" is a film that will blow you away. Boom!

Iris I so look forward to it...

moo Can I redeem those points on AMWiki, maybe for some Kimchi Ramen? xD Gianna's good for them in Asia, but you know if she drops the ball even slightly it'll be "Ko so-young in Double Agent"-talk all over again. Do beauties mix with dreary spy stories? *palms together* Some fans' fantasy casting was Gong Hyojin, and I wouldn't have minded a bit!

Anne moo are you Nostradamus or Ha Jung-woo himself?


Let's see if the Kim Ok-Bin guess works.

By the way, I'll probably sell a limb if that means I could watch this movie right now.

Ki There's also the leading actress to be announced which is the NK agent's (Ha Jung-Woo's) wife. I think Kim Ok-Bin would be a nice choice though she just played a NK solider in The Front Line.

TOK +10 for moo, You got it right! even though it was predictable guess.

Yeah, Ha Jung Woo is the one to play North Korean!

Three Great Actors in one movie, so it should be Great one!

Ki +1 for you moo ... you just nailed that perfectly.

moo mmkay, so HSK exposes the spy, RSB is sent to kill the spy. Who plays the spy? Would any bankable leading man play North Korean in a big movie, unless they're Ha Jung-woo? xD

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