The Berlin File

2013

The Berlin File

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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 waters to investigate loyalties of all involved and begins to implicate Jong-seong's wife, Jung-hee (Gianna JUN), a translator at the North Korean embassy in the German capital. Caught between his love of country and his wife, Jong-Seong must quickly prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice. (c) CJ

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Critic Reviews for The Berlin File

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  • 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.

    Feb 15, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 14, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Berlin File benefits from gritty surroundings that add a cold war realism to this otherwise confusing tale of conflicted loyalties and secret agendas.

    Feb 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The story feels fairly perfunctory - not to mention unnecessarily knotty - but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it.

    Feb 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] formulaic but solid Cold War-style spy thriller, with North Korea pinch-hitting for the Soviet Union.

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

    Feb 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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