If you want a Bourne Identity-type thriller with a Korean twist, you’ve come to the right place. CJ Entertainment has released the trailer for the blockbuster spy thriller The Berlin File arriving in the States next month.
Ryoo Seung-wan’s latest film was shot on location in Berlin and Eastern Europe, starring Jung-woo Ha, Han Suk Kyu, Ryoo Seung-bum and Gianna Jun.
From the director of Arahan and City of Violence, Ryoo comes back to the genre with his most ambitious project yet and intends to deliver the twisty tale of political intrigue and personal redemption.
The Berlin Files is expected to make a big splash when it opens in South Korea on January 31st and will hit U.S. and Canadian theaters February 15th, 2013.
Check out the official US trailer for Ryoo’s first film since 2010s The Unjust including trademarks like crazy violence and neo-noirish elements like double and triple crosses and bleak photography.
Here’s the synopsis:
Stationed in Berlin, North Korean secret agent and weapons trader Pyo and his embassy staffer wife Ryon lead risky lives. When an arms deal with an Arab organization is exposed, Pyo’s intuition tells him that North Korean security is compromised and he becomes the target of investigation by South Korean intelligence agent Chun. Also in the city is Myung-soo. Myung-soo neutralizes North Korean officials in Berlin, and during the succession period after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jung-il he is granted more power and control. When an informant tells Pyo that Ryon is a double agent he sets out to disprove the claim. But witnessing her visit the American Embassy is evidence that he cannot ignore. It brings about a personal crisis that ends with Ryon as Myung-soo’s hostage, and a three-way confrontation with Chun and a group of Arab terrorist on the outskirts of Berlin.