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The Berlin File

The Berlin File
  • 2013
  • South Korea
  • 120 min
  • Directed by: Seung-wan Ryoo
  • Cast: Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, Seung-beom Ryu

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The Berlin File

State-of-the-art thrills from a master action director.

Ryoo Seung-wan, one of Asia’s top directors, spins a fast-paced and twisty yarn of international intrigue. After an arms deal in a Berlin hotel ends in chaotic violence, a North Korean spy who narrowly escapes comes to suspect that he’s been set up by a double agent. Meanwhile, his South Korean counterpart starts to uncover a larger conspiracy. Filled with breath-taking setpieces, this is contemporary Asian action cinema at its best.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the best action films

17 Jun 2013

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: Korean Cinema

7 Jun 2013

EIFF 2013 exploration of South Korean cinema promises to enlighten

When Bong Joon-ho’s The Host screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2006, audiences applauded the Korean director’s deliriously unpretentious monster movie as a breath of fresh air. His English-language debut Snowpiercer (recently shot…

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