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The Berlin File (2013) (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Han Suk Kyu (Actor) | Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Ryoo Seung Wan (Director)
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Berlin serves as the intelligence battleground for North and South Korean agents in the blockbuster espionage thriller The Berlin File, one of the most anticipated films of 2013. Director Ryoo Seung Wan (The Unjust) delivers rapid-fire shootouts, political intrigue and good old spy action in this unpredictable roulette featuring the all-star cast of Ha Jung Woo (Yellow Sea), Jeon Ji Hyun (The Thieves), Ryoo Seung Bum (The Unjust) and Han Suk Kyu (White Night).

Old-hand South Korean agent Jung Jin Soo (Han Suk Kyu) and his team are staking out an illegal arms deal at a Berlin hotel, but things go awry before they can raid the room. Jung pursues the unidentified North Korean dealer and loses him after a rooftop scuffle. The North Korean operative who escapes is Pyo Jong Sung (Ha Jung Woo), a legendary agent considered a great hero to the Republic. But not even he is free from suspicion when agent Dong Myung Soo (Ryoo Seung Bum), the son of a high-level North Korean official, arrives in Berlin to investigate a possible traitor: Pyo's wife (Jeon Ji Hyun). Loyalties and lives are tested as Pyo goes rogue to save his wife and the power struggle in Pyongyang leads to a dangerous crossfire for all operatives stationed in Berlin.

This edition includes commentary, location featurette, action design, making-of, deleted scenes, sound design and trailers.

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Product Title: The Berlin File (2013) (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 柏林諜變 (2013) (Blu-ray) (雙碟裝) (首批限量版) (韓國版) 柏林谍变 (2013) (Blu-ray) (双碟装) (首批限量版) (韩国版) ベルリンファイル (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 베를린 (블루레이) (2디스크) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 柏林 柏林
Artist Name(s): Han Suk Kyu (Actor) | Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Ryoo Seung Bum (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) 韓石圭 (Actor) | 全 智賢 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 柳乘泛 (Actor) | 河政佑 (Actor) 韩石圭 (Actor) | 全 智贤 (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 柳乘泛 (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) ハン・ソッキュ (Actor) | チョン・ジヒョン (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | リュ・スンボム (Actor) | ハ・ジョンウ (Actor) 한 석규 (Actor) | 전 지현 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 류 승범 (Actor) | 하정우 (Actor)
Director: Ryoo Seung Wan 柳昇完 柳升完 リュ・スンワン 류 승완
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-07-26
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: Stone Music Entertainment
Other Information: 2-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033689648

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베를린 (블루레이) (2디스크) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1080P HD 2.35"1 AVC
*Sound Mix: dts HD Master Audio 5.1
*Extras:
1 DISC BD
-Commentary by 류승완 감독, 하정우, 최영환 촬영감독, 한재덕 프로듀서
-Commentary by 류승완 감독, 이정범 감독
-삭제장면 with Commentary (1080p)
-티져 예고편 (1080p)
-예고편 (1080p)
-이스터 에그

2 DISC BD
-베를린, 리가 (로케이션) (1080i)
-액션설계 (프리프로덕션, 액션콘티 제작과정) (1080i)
-One way (메이킹) (1080i)
-소리를 만들다 (사운드 믹싱 및 효과음 제작과정) (1080i))


-‘액션 영화의 1인자’ 류승완 감독의 귀환, 초대형 프로젝트 [베를린]
-하정우-한석규-류승범-전지현! 이보다 더 화려할 수 없다!
-독일 베를린, 라트비아 리가에서 장장 두 달에 걸친 해외 로케이션
-이국적인 도시를 배경으로 액션의 진수를 느껴라
-<쉬리> 이후 14년 만에 ‘진짜’ 한국 첩보 액션의 귀환!

Synopsis
거대한 국제적 음모가 숨겨진 운명의 도시 베를린.
그 곳에 상주하는 국정원 요원 정진수는 불법무기거래장소를 감찰하던 중 국적불명, 지문마저 감지되지 않는 일명 ‘고스트’ 비밀요원 표종성의 존재를 알게 된다. 그의 정체를 밝혀내기 위해 뒤를 쫓던 정진수는 그 배후에 숨겨진 엄청난 국제적 음모를 알게 되면서 걷잡을 수 없는 위기에 빠진다.
한편 표종성을 제거하고 베를린을 장악하기 위해 파견된 동명수는 그의 아내 련정희를 반역자로 몰아가며 이를 빌미로 숨통을 조이고, 표종성의 모든 것에 위협을 가한다. 표종성은 동명수의 협박 속에서 련정희의 무죄를 증명하기 위해서 그녀를 미행하게 되지만, 예상치 못한 아내의 비밀을 알게 되면서 혼란에 휩싸이게 되는데...

국제적 음모와 각자의 목적에 휘말려 서로를 쫓는 이들의 숨막히는 추격전!
2013년, 초대형 액션 프로젝트가 펼쳐진다!

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Professional Review of "The Berlin File (2013) (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

July 15, 2013

This professional review refers to The Berlin File (2013) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Ryoo Seung Wan, arguably Korea's top director of action packed blockbusters after the likes of City of Violence and he Unjust returns with The Berlin File, one of the country's biggest releases of 2013. The film sees Ryoo taking his cameras overseas to shoot in Germany for a complex, politically charged spy thriller that pits North and South Korean operatives against each other with Russian arms dealers, Mossad agents and terrorists thrown in for good measure. As well as going down well with critics and picking up several nominations at the Baeksang Arts Awards, the film proved extremely popular with audiences, pulling in over 7 million admissions at the Korean box office and enjoying an international release and screenings at festivals.

Set in Berlin, the film opens with a team of South Korean agents led by veteran Jung Jin Soo (Han Suk Kyu, White Night) listening in on an arms deal between a Russian broker, a Middle Eastern terrorist and a mysterious North Korean operative. After a raid by unknown assailants ruins everything, the North Korean, actually top agent Pyo Jong Sung (Ha Jung Woo, The Yellow Sea), barely escapes with his life and is forced to flee across the rooftops. Trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong, Pyo finds himself under suspicion from his government with the arrival of Dong Myung Soo (the director's brother Ryoo Seung Bum, The Unjust), son of a high ranking North Korean official, sent to Berlin to roust out a traitor. When it emerges that the possible turncoat is in fact Pyo's wife (Jeon Ji Hyun, The Theives), his loyalties are put to the test, and things rapidly spiralling out of control as he starts to sense a grand conspiracy behind the scenes.

Although it might sound like there's a great deal going on in The Berlin File - don't worry, as after a fairly packed opening act it quite quickly settles down into a straightforward Hollywood style Bourne Identity type thriller. Not that this is a bad thing by any means, as Ryoo Seung Wan does a great job of hitting just the right balance between grit and gloss, and the film looks great throughout, rattling along at a fine pace. Though Ryoo makes surprisingly little of its potential subtext beyond some vague cold war parallels, the Berlin setting certainly makes for some atmospheric visuals, its greys and murky colours fitting the subject matter perfectly.

The more it goes on, the more the film focuses on its generic thriller elements, some initially intriguing politics being shelved in favour of plot twists, and while some of the moral complexity of The Unjust wouldn't have been unwelcome, the film is intelligently plotted and wins points for taking the time early on to invest in its story and characters. This having been said, the film does get rather predictable during its later stages, none of its revelations or loyalty shifts really amounting to much, and it's hard not to feel a touch underwhelmed that it never builds to anything more than a pretty standard showdown sequence with everyone pointing guns at everyone else in the usual fashion.

Distracting from the air of familiarity are the action scenes, and here Ryoo again proves himself one of the best directors working in Korea today. While keeping things grounded and believable, the film packs in lots of set pieces, shoot outs and fight scenes, all of which are superbly choreographed and exciting. Featuring some great stunt work, the film is violent and brutal when it needs to be, recalling Taken along with the afore-mentioned Bourne films, serving up the same brand of physicality and hard edged combat, mixing it up with guns, bombs, fists and knives. As he did in The Yellow Sea, Ha Jung Woo makes for a great action protagonist, and though he doesn't say much, he comes across as every inch the desperate and dangerously skilled agent on the run. The supporting cast are similarly strong and help give the material a boost, Jeon Ji Hyun doing well in a fairly typical role and Han Suk Kyu playing things suitably tough and mean. Ryoo Seung Bum is great fun as the villainous and psychotic Dong, and though his over the top histrionics are kind of at odds with the film's grim and serious air, he's certainly enjoyable to watch. Unfortunately, the good performance work is undermined by some atrocious western acting, in particular John Keogh, whose turn as a CIA operative is at times painful to watch - surely something that could have been ironed out given that the film was after all shot in Europe.

Nevertheless, neither this nor the general predictability that creeps in towards the end is enough to derail what is one of the better Korean action thrillers of the last year. Though not as satisfying as his masterful The Unjust, with The Berlin File Ryoo Seung Wan is still very much at the top of his game, and has served up another couple hours of superior entertainment that should definitely please genre fans.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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