South Korean action auteur Ryoo Seung-wan ("The City of Violence" and "Crying Fist") returns to the genre with his most ambitious project yet, pitting two of Korea’s most charismatic actors Ha Jung-woo, Ryoo Seung-bum and Han Suk-kyu against each other in the twisty tale of political intrigue and personal redemption, "The Berlin File."
The film tells the story of a North Korean spy and his wife who exposed by their government, attempt to escape pursuing South Korean agents as they flee Berlin.
Cast also includes Gianna Jun and Werner Daehn. CJ Entertainment has announced the action thriller is scheduled to hit select theaters in North America on Feb. 15, 2013. Visit www.theberlinfile.com and www.cj-entertainment.com for more information.
Here's the full synopsis:
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 U.S. 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 but 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 in this thrilling tale of political intrigue.
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 easily displays 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 and heroine of this all too realistic story.
Director Ryoo Seung-wan said of the cast, “I am very satisfied with the casting. I was very lucky to be able to cast all the actors that were perfect for these characters.”