Plot: Young North Korean undercover agent Song Ji-won accompanies a ruthless veteran assassin, known as Shadow, to take down a defector and his family in Seoul. When National Intelligence Service (NIS) led by Lee Han-gyu intervenes the scene, a shooting rampage ensues in the heart of Seoul. Both Shadow and Ji-won slip away, but before Han-gyu catches a glimpse of the younger agent. The incident leads to Lee's discharge for mishandling the case and Song is deserted by his agency.
Six years later the two men cross paths and pretend not to recognize each other, and while each one tries to figure out a way to use the situation to his advantage a strange partnership emerges.
Secret Reunion is the second film by Kim Ki-duk protege Jang Hun after his debut in 2008 with the commercial and critical hit Rough Cut.
The movie unsurprisingly stormed the Korean boxoffice, taking in around $40 billion won (~$35 million) with 5,4 million admissions.
Filming began June 5th, 2009, with the shooting schedule expected to finish in four months.
Kang-ho Song last played an agent 11 years ago in Shiri.
«Great performances from Song Kang-Ho and Kang Dong-Won highlight director Jang Hun's action thriller about Korean spies who may be friends or enemies. Maybe a tad too commercial, but the expert pacing, cool action sequences and terrific character dynamic make this a fine diversion.»
«Delivering a more polished package than his helming debut, "Rough Cut," Jang excels in the pic's fast-paced opening and finale; he proves less adept at handling the lighthearted getting-to-know-you midsection, which, like similar sequences in other North/South Korean pics (such as Park Chan-wook's "JSA"), are there to remind local auds that -- Shadow's ruthlessness not withstanding -- the folks across the border are human, too.»
«SECRET REUNION proves to be a thoroughly entertaining and intelligent blockbuster, a buddy-flick with some breathtaking action and brilliantly tense moments but, most importantly, with some great characters thanks to a strong script and the two excellent performances. »
«It doesn't sink the movie at all, just robs it of a bit of the nuance it had shown before. It's still a very creative take on familiar material, and I am very curious to see if Jang can breathe new life into old standbys three times in a row.»
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