Release Date: 2013-02-15
NYC and/or LA Release
Film Genre(s): Spy Thriller
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.
South Korea’s top actors
Set in the present day, THE BERLIN FILE features a truly star-studded cast bringing together HA Jung-woo, successfully transformed from riveting character actor into Korea’s newest action hero; RYOO Seung-bum, who displays a dizzying range from psychos to romantic comedy leads, and the glorious return of HAN Suk-kyu, nearly 14 years after playing the iconic role as a South Korean officer who falls in love with a North Korean agent. Also featured is Gianna JUN, who changes gears from recent glamorous turns to become the emotional anchor of this all too potentially real story.
Director RYOO Seung-Wan: “During the Cold War, six out of ten people walking the streets of Berlin were spies. Although that crushing period has passed, I sense that tragic history still hanging in the air. I wanted to tell a story about human beings who are defined by dangerous secrets bigger than their own lives.”