The Berlin File

The Berlin File

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The Berlin File (2013)

Opened: 02/15/2013 Limited

CGV Cinemas02/15/2013 - 04/11/201356 days
AMC Empire 2502/15/2013 - 03/07/201321 days

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Genre: South Korean Spy Thriller (Korean, English, German w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated

Action auteur RYOO Seung-wan's most ambitious project to date comes to North America

"It's said that during the Cold War, 6 out of 10 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." -- Director RYOO Seung-wan


Action auteur RYOO Seung-wan comes back to the genre with his most ambitious project yet pitting 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.

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 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.

Selected Press Reaction

Screen International: "Arguably one of the most high profile South Korean releases of early 2013, Ryoo Seung-wan's THE BERLIN FILE continues to adopt Ryoo's visual trademark through pulsating and spectacular set-pieces."

About CJ Entertainment America

Established in 1995, CJ Entertainment is Korea's top motion picture studio and boasts the country's largest and most significant domestic film library, with 20-24 new films being added each year. Its North-American operation, CJ Entertainment America handles nationwide US distribution of these new films, making it the largest Asian theatrical film distributor in the country. Many of its titles are available for purchase on DVD, as well as on digital platforms, such as Netflix, Hulu, and the Sony Entertainment Network.