This South Korean mainstream film with surprising depth is the type of film that deserves a large audience. The over-the-top espionage thriller revolves around dark political conspiracies in 1980s South Korea. The director himself plays the lead role, as a member of the intelligence service who is on the trail of a mole as well as having to foil an assassination attempt on the new president. This results in an explosive and violent thriller with fantastic action scenes. Think a combination of the spectacle of John Woo, with the paranoia of Johnnie To and the better films of Oliver Stone.
Korean superstar Lee Jung-jae immediately won the Camera D’or at Cannes for his directorial debut.
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