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The Berlin File(베를린)

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Korea · 2013
2h 0m
Director Ryoo Seung-wan
Starring Ha Jung-woo, Han Suk-kyu, Ryoo Seung-bum, Jun Ji-hyun
Genre Action, Thriller

Pyo Jong-seong, a North Korean ghost agent, interrupts an illegal arms deal in Berlin, only to discover he has been betrayed. He and his wife, a translator at the North Korean embassy in Berlin, try to escape unharmed, as North and South Korean operatives relentlessly pursue them.

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Los Angeles Times by

There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within The Berlin File — and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film — but it all feels somehow misshapen.


Time Out by David Fear

Though the director includes a few brief humdingers — a fight that involves a Rube Goldberg–ish tangle of wires; some munitions-fueled mayhem in a farmhouse — it’s not enough to keep viewers from wishing they were thumbing through a John le Carré novel instead.


New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

The story feels fairly perfunctory — not to mention unnecessarily knotty — but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it. And while this one falls far short of the “Bourne” films that serve as an influence, the intense action scenes consistently deliver some solid genre jolts.


Variety by Maggie Lee

The Berlin File boasts knockout action setpieces that provide an impressive big-budget showcase for Ryoo Seung-wan's technical smarts.


The New York Times by Nicolas Rapold

As soon as The Berlin File takes flight with its exhilarating action set pieces, memories of any muddles evaporate amid the tension and vivid engagement with settings, from courtyards to fields.


Village Voice by Scott Foundas

The Berlin File keeps narrative coherence far down on a priority list that privileges expertly choreographed hand-to-hand combat, hair-raising stunt work...and such familiar genre accoutrements as secret rooms hidden behind bookshelves, shiny metallic attaché cases, and pens concealing fast-acting vials of poison.

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