Ijung gancheob (Double Agent) (2004)
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The English title for this Korean film is Double Agent AKA Comrade. That alone is enough to peak my interest and get me to watch this movie.
Right from the get go it seems like this will be a political military thriller. The main concept of this film deals with the relationship and conflicts between North and South Korea, so it is political. It isn't a military film though. Instead it is about secret agents going undercover. It is funny because when you hear secret agent, James Bond or Ethan Hunt comes to mind. This movie has an awesome story, which moves along the lines of a Mission Impossible, but this is a slow burn. If are expecting fancy gadgets and explosive action, you will NOT get that in here. This one is all about the story.
Clocking in at 123 minutes, Double Agent will not blow your socks off, but it will keep your attention since you never really know what the ultimate goal of the plot will be. This works in the movie's favor, since there is really nothing else to grab your attention, except for the beauty of So-young Ko. The last 15 minutes are sensational and my only gripe here is the final 5 minutes. It isn't bad, but I think my satisfaction level is at its peak just before the last few minutes.
Suk-kyu Han, of Shiri, takes the main character and rolls with it. So-young Ko is the female lead and she is also good. Jirí Novotny also fits in as the foreigner of the film.
Double Agent may lack the action from an undercover agent movie, but that doesn't make this any less enjoyable. If you can deal with some of the politics that the story offers, you will be in for a good watch.
Nice political drama/action.
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