The Berlin File (2013)

The Berlin File



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Movie Info

A tense illegal arms deal in a Berlin hotel suddenly descends into mayhem after a "ghost" agent named Jong-seong (HA Jung-woo) appears on the scene. Secretly watching the deal go down is embattled South Korean intelligence chief Jin-soo (HAN Suk-Kyu), the North Koreans and the US CIA, who are all left trying to decode whether the ghost is a double-agent or taking the fall for a more insidious plot. Myung-soo (RYOO Seung-bum) a young, notorious North Korean agent jumps into these treacherous … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ryoo Seung-Wan, Seung-wan Ryoo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 24, 2013
CJ Entertainment - Official Site


as Pyo Jong-Seong

as Jung Jin-soo

as Ryeon Jung-hee

as Dong Myeong-soo
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Critic Reviews for The Berlin File

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The Berlin File benefits from gritty surroundings that add a cold war realism to this otherwise confusing tale of conflicted loyalties and secret agendas.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The story feels fairly perfunctory - not to mention unnecessarily knotty - but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

[A] formulaic but solid Cold War-style spy thriller, with North Korea pinch-hitting for the Soviet Union.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013
Village Voice
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Everything here, except the action scenes, [feels] sluggish and rote.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Berlin File


Ryoo Seung-wan pulls out the agents and crosses them in The Berlin File.Running nearly 2 hours, there is more than enough to follow when it comes to the story. While the pacing of the film isn't necessarily fast, plot details come and go often enough to easily throw things into a bin of shredded paper. In short, the story requires attention to grasp, especially in the first half. Fortunately, things become clearer by the film's final act.The action is nicely done with the highlight happening at the end. It is a good mixture of realism and stylization.Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, and Ryoo Seung-Bum share the screen as the three major leads. Gianna Jun, as eye catching as she is, ends up overshadowed by the other three.The Berlin File agreeably fits into the action crime thriller genre and is therefore a recommendable Korean picture.

JY Skacto

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