In director Je Gyu Kang’s action-packed epic that deals head-on with the controversial topic of Korean unification, North Korean superspy Lee Bang Hee is sent to the South as part of a secret plan to reunify the two nations.
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I don't think this film holds up. In 1999, it asked "Can South Korea make a movie worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster?" What we all discovered soon after was, "Fuck no. They can do better." If you want the real Korean milestone, I suggest "Joint Security Area."
A crime thriller that is superior on all points except for the action scenes that lack cinematic vision. It's one of those rare examples where the villains are actually understandable with their contempt on social hypocrisy, although their means are beyond unacceptable. Even though it's calculated for the most of the time, it powerfully presents what comes of the collision between true love and fanaticism.