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  1. Synopsis The sequel is tentatively titled “Confidential Assignment 2: International” and follows Rim Chul Ryung heading back to South Korea in pursuit of a brutal and secret criminal organization. He teams up again with Kang Jin Tae, who volunteers to work with the North Korean in order to get back on the investigation team after a mistake landed him in the cyber crime department. Daniel Henney and Jin Sun Kyu will be appearing in the film franchise for the first time. Daniel Henney plays Jack, an FBI detective from the United States, who is on the trail of a North Korean criminal organization that has caused havoc all over the world. Jin Sun Kyu plays Jang Myung Joon, the leader of this criminal organization. YoonA’s role in the sequel will expand as Park Min Young, Kang Jin Tae’s sister-in-law who cherishes an affection for Rim Chul Ryung. She calls herself a beauty YouTuber, but in her sister’s eyes, she’s just unemployed. Source: Soompi Director Lee Seok-hoon who directed the Himalayas and Pirates Filming to start February 16/18, 2021 Produced by JK Film Distributed by CJ Entertainment Release date 2022
  2. Harbin 하얼빈 Movie : Harbin Hangul : 하얼빈 Director : Woo Min-Ho [“Inside Men,” “The Man Standing Next,” “The Drug King”] Writer : Cinematographer : Hong Kyung Po ["Deliver Us From Evil,” “Parasite,” “Snowpiercer"] Producer : Hive Media Corp Distributor : Starts Filming : September 2022 Release Date : 2023 Runtime : Language : Korean Country : South Korea Synopsis A spy action film that tells the story of fighters who risked their lives to regain their homeland and independence, set in Harbin in the early 1900s. [Source: hancinema] Story of Korean independence activists in the early 1900's. They risked their lives to fight against Japanese rule and to achieve Korea's independence. In Harbin, China, the freedom fighters set upon a daring attack. [Source: asianwiki]
  3. Firstly, thank you to @bluepebbles, a long-time Hyun Bin fan, for transferring this precious thread to me. It is an honour. This is an exciting project. But one which I anticipate will take some time to complete. Thank you for your patience. - WORK IN PROGRESS - ◼ About Hyun Bin ◼ Military Service ◼ Dramas ◼ Movies ◼ Commercial Films (CF) ◼ Other Works ◼ Interviews & Articles ◼ Awards & Honours ◼ Photos and More About Hyun Bin - work in progress PROFILE CHILDHOOD DEBUT VAST HE IS, HE LIKES Source: binnie_binsshi HE SAYS OTHERS SAY
  4. BinJin ❤ How it all started ❤ Close friends (The Negotiation Promo Period) ❤ Grocery shopping in LA... ❤ They decided to work together again (CLoY) ❤ After CLoY ❤ Match made in heaven... ❤ BINJIN CONFIRMS!!!!! ❤ After confirmation ❤ BINJIN IS GETTING MARRIED!!!!! ❤ THE WEDDING! ❤ After the wedding ❤ BINJIN FANFICTION ❤ The original BinJin LOL ❤ #BinjinGIF by Yoshi@binjinfeed - WORK IN PROGRESS - - IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE LINKS TO INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK VIDEOS ARE BROKEN DUE TO RULE CHANGES. THEY ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO YOUTUBE AND WILL BE REINSTATED IN DUE TIME. How it all started Jun - Aug, 2017 They met to work together for the first time in their career, filming "The Negotiation" movie. Photo Credit: binjinsgrocery2 - thanks for the brighter & sharper photos In the movie, they had only one scene together. However, it was reported that they often met for meals and drinks, together with the Director, to discuss their ideas for the movie and to build rapport. During an interview, HB said it was a pity that filming was mostly done via a monitor. "Because of this, we could only meet during lunch time, so it seemed like I was always looking forward to lunch time. (smiles)" - Hyun Bin, Single List Sep 19, 2018 They got to know each other. They clicked. "We are the same age and we have similar debut periods. There were things we knew without having to talk to each other... we could act well because of our trust in each other. It was great." - Son Ye Jin, The Negotiation Press Conference Aug 9, 2018 "I think we share a lot of similarities. As a result, we have many things we can talk about and we share similar views about a lot of things." - Hyun Bin, Esquire Korea with OMEGA Aug 21, 2019 "But because I know very well that she (SYJ) can fully lift these factors, and an actor who can make up for those deficiencies, that’s why I got so comfortable when I first heard that I was working with Son Ye-Jin. It’s a lot easier... But there’s a scene where Chae-Yoon meets Tae-Gu in the second half. That’s the only scene. When it come to that scene, hmm… I think it was a good scene. She took great care of me. I think it would be nice to have more of a scene like this." - Hyun Bin, The Negotiation DVD Commentary The Negotiation DVD Commentary with English subtitles & Transcript In the DVD Commentary, after Tae Gu killed her boss, Chae Yoon called him a psycho. SYJ revealed after that part, whenever they met on the set, HB would mimic her voice “a psycho”. HB said because when he read the script, he did not think his partner will act like that, he thought the partner would have screamed out loud, that was why he was impressed. Credit: Binnie Jinnie Couple on facebook In the Esquire Korea with OMEGA interview on Aug 21, 2019 (English translation), HB said that he was first amazed by SYJ's acting in that scene. Instead of exploding, she restrained her strong emotions. It was very different from what he expected. "...sometimes, if you encounter an unexpected acting from the other party, you will also feel a sense of thrill. When you are not able to predict how the other person will act or express herself, and you find yourself responding in an unexpected manner to complement or to react to the other person, it is very charming and thrilling. I think I saw that from Ye-jin. So I had wished to work with her again. I thought when that time comes, I want to be able to do so by being in the same space, looking at the eyes and breathing in the same air." They filmed for about 2 months from Jun to Aug 2017. Then SYJ went on to film "Be With You" and HB "Rampant". [Comment: You can feel the professional admiration that HB has for SYJ and the regret he has with the filming method. He is a sincere person so we can believe the things he says are his real thoughts and not for marketing. There may not be anything romantic at that time, but he probably realised that he was meeting an actress of an entirely different caliber and was looking forward to talk with her and learn from her. Just imagine him being excited to go for lunch every day... we would only be so fortunate if we also looked forward to lunch as eagerly every day 😉] Apr, 2018 In Apr 2018, the production had to replace one of the supporting actors [ref]. Thus, they met to re-shoot then. Jun, 2018 [Comment: Did they meet up in Europe in Jun 2018? 😉 A BinJin fanfic author had a very interesting idea on this which I love - read Chapter 5 Seafood bouillabaisse of 'Best Thing Ever - A Binjin Love Story' by GroceryGirl.] Aug 9, 2018 Vogue Korea's Photo Shoot took place on Aug 9, 2018 [credit to @balmaincouple] and was published in Sep 2018. Photos Behind The Scenes Scanned Images of the Printed Vogue Article by @sonyejinpics
  5. Based on the true events of the Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan. A group of Korean tourists is taken hostage by an extremist Taliban group in Afghanistan. The Korean government dispatches Jae-ho (Hwang Jung-min), known as one of Korea’s most skilled diplomats, in order to handle the situation. Once he arrives, he asks for the Afghan government’s cooperation and uses every means possible to free the hostages. However, his efforts go in vain. Due to his failure, he’s forced to work with Dae-sik (Hyun Bin), a special agent who is an expert on the Middle East. As they begin making their move to get to the Taliban, the first hostage death occurs. With nowhere else to turn, the two become unlikely allies in a race against time to save the rest of the hostages. [Source: Hancinema] “The Point Men” stars Hyun Bin and veteran actor Hwang Jung Min. This is the first time that Hwang Jung-min and Hyun Bin are meeting in a film. Both are also close friends. Hwang Jung-min, known for his roles in Ode To My Father, Veteran and Violent Prosecutor, will portray a diplomat, Jae-ho, working alongside Hyun Bin’s character, Dae-sik, a national intelligence service (NIS) agent. Hyun Bin was hugely successful in his roles in Crash Landing on You, Confidential Assignment and Secret Garden. The movie is helmed by director Yim Soon-rye (Little Forest). In an interview with director Im Soon Rye for “Women Film Makers”, she mentioned that “Bargaining” focuses on the conflict between Christian faith and Islamic faith. She hopes that the audience will be able to feel what religion is for humans. This is also the first time that such a huge production (20 Billion Korean Won) is being done by a female Korean director. [Credit: hyunbin.english.global.fanclub] The movie is based on the 2007 South Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan. Production of the movie has begun, with cast and crew shooting on location in Korea in late April 2020. Initially, the movie production was scheduled to begin by end of March, on location in Jordan, where filming will primarily be located. However, like many other projects, production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following travel bans across countries. (Credit: Naver) “The Point Men” is the first Korean film to film overseas since COVID-19 hit. The cast and crew left for Jordan in July. They completed filming and returned to South Korea in September 2020.
  6. Crash Landing On You 사랑의 불시착 Director: Lee Jung Hyo Writer: Park Ji Eun Original Broadcast: December 14, 2019 to February 16, 2020 Starring: Hyun Bin Son Ye Jin Kim Jung Hyung Seo Ji Hye Background Crash Landing On You was always going to have a troublesome public perception issue on its hands. It was telling the story of a cross border romance between a North Korean military officer and a South Korean heiress in the modern day, and treat it as more of a romantic comedy rather than a melodrama or a tragedy as other works have done. The issue has to do with the fact that a Korea that has been divided for going on seven decades not only exists, but that North Korea is the most reclusive and repressive regime in the world today, with families still divided. The division of Korea is still a very sore point for many people in both North and South Korea, with a hope of reunification still a very hot topic. While the lengthy separation and development of the two Koreas has led to marked differences and cultural alienation, CLOY tackles the task of trying to humanize the North Koreans to a South Korean (and international) market. As such, its depiction of the North Korean village where most of it is set is to treat it as a bucolic rural village with comedic touches of black market trade, inconsistent public transportation, and village hierarchy based on the official positions of the husbands or other family members. The drama does make brief references to the beggar orphans who lead appalling lives as non-persons in NK and to the all-invasive, all-controlling state, but these references are marginalized or not referenced for most of the drama until near the end. As such, it does a good job of creating sympathetic North Korean characters, but it may do so at the expense of the most prominent of the South Korean characters who are depicted as greedy, suspicious, fake, back stabbers whose primary concern is for themselves. Not all South Korean characters are depicted as such, of course, but the ones who aren’t do not have much of a role. But, the question remains whether with this is as a backdrop, the romantic comedy worked as a plot, and actually, it does for a majority of the story. The OTP have good chemistry together making you want to root for them to be together and happy. Plus, they have the kind of dialogue which is both playful and earnest which makes them a fun watch and listen. Plot and Review - warning - major spoilers Commentary It may be my personal gripe that the ending doesn’t offer much of a resolution to whether they are able to be together or not. Given that this drama was a comedy, I thought that it would eke out a happy ending of some kind. I had wondered if the drama would tackle the idea of reunification in some future Korea which would finally enable the OTP to be together, or whether it would separate them, or just give them an unrealistic happy ever after ending somewhere even if it went agains their portrayed characters. But instead, the drama uses a bit of a cheat to delay that question of whether the OTP can truly be together. Again, it’s a clash of what the drama is trying to accomplish coming up against the realities of using a real world setting and scenario. Ultimately, this drama felt very busy and not very engaging when it wasn’t focusing on the central chemistry and romance of the OTP. Even the second lead romance felt as if it lacked spark and progression, despite some really emotionally touching moments, especially by Kim Jung Hyun as the amoral conman who actually turns out to be a pretty good guy, Goo Seung Joon. Goo Seung Joon had the only true moment that gave me pause in the final episodes as he’s running away from NK soldiers who want to take him in for questioning. There is a moment where he is hiding, and some NK street orphans are complicit in hiding him. GSJ comments that the orphan is also like him in that neither of them have any parents nor anyone to cry for them when they die. GSJ’s sparse back story as an orphan parallels CCG’s story of being an orphan, and is reflected in this moment with the nameless street orphan that GSJ addresses. However, this issue of orphans being disposable people whether they grow up in NK or SK isn’t really explored, but rather put into a pithy observation. Despite that, this drama really relies on the chemistry between Hyun Bin’s RJH and Son Ye Jin’s YSR. They actually demonstrated their chemistry before in the cat-and-mouse thriller of The Negotiation, and their romance sparks are good enough that it’s created a legion of real life shipper fans as well. HB’s comedic timing was shown to great effect in Secret Garden, but it is more refined here and burnished with his action star credentials as well as his generally acclaimed dramatic acting skills. Son Ye Jin slides easily into her role here as one which is similar to roles that she has done before in her diverse repertoire of roles. Both visually and chemistry-wise, they do make a great OTP. It is in the actual story itself that I found flaws in depiction, execution, and satisfaction. It is hard to separate out the real world aspects that this drama doesn’t reflect as it pertains to their romance if it had been real. While I watched it the first time wondering how they planned to resolve their various issues, the ending left me unsatisfied enough that I don’t really feel the need to watch it again, even for the great OTP chemistry. Ratings: Plot/story 6 Cast/acting 9 Production Value 8 Rewatch Value 3 Overall 7
  7. Rampant Director: Kim Sung Hoon Writer: Hwang Jo Yoon Main Cast: Hyun Bin - Prince Lee Chung Jang Dong Gun - War Minister Kim Ja Joong Supporting Cast: Kim Eui Sung - King Lee Jo - Joseon King Jung Man Shik - Hak Soo - Lee Chung's bodyguard/attendant Jo Woo Jin - Park Eul Ryung - leader of the partisans fighting the zombies Lee Sun Bin - Deok Hee - an archer and one of the partisans Jo Dal Hwan - Monk Dae Gil - a Buddhist monk who is also a partisan Kim Tae Woo - Crown Prince Lee Young Rampant takes the popular zombie movie genre to the Joseon era against a back drop of political intrigue. It was the second collaboration between star Hyun Bin and director Kim Sung Hoon after their hit 'Confidential Assignment.' The Story The movie starts with the Joseon Crown Prince plotting to repel the Qing, even though his father the King has a tributary relationship with the Qing Court. As part of the plan, the Crown Prince plans to purchase long guns from some Europeans (who sound as if they are speaking Dutch). The War Minister Kim Ja Joon (Jang Dong Gun) finds out about the plan and relays it to the king, framing it as a rebellion. When confronted about it, the Crown Prince commits suicide so that his men will be spared their lives. The Joseon army then go to confront the Europeans instead. In addition to the guns, the Europeans have brought a night demon aka zombie with them. In the battle, this zombie ends up infecting a Joseon soldier who then returns home to infect his entire village. Into this, the Crown Prince’s younger brother Lee Chung (Hyun Bin) arrives back in Joseon along with his eunuch. The Crown Prince had written to Lee Chung asking him to take the Crown Princess who is pregnant to Qing and keep them safe. Lee Chung was not in the succession to the throne, but his reappearance in Joseon after the death of his brother brings speculation that he was going to try to become the heir to the throne. When Lee Chung lands in Joseon, instead of a proper welcoming party, he finds a deserted village where he is attacked by assassins sent by War Minister Kim and his cohorts who are actually planning a coup of their own. Their battle soon attracts infected zombie villagers who attack them all. Lee Chung and his man are saved by a group of partisans who had been working to save their village and get help from the Joseon court. The assassins are all eaten except for one assassin who survives being bitten long enough to make his way back to court. The partisans ask Lee Chung to become the Crown Prince to take over the country one day, but Lee Chung refuses saying that it was too much trouble, and he was there just for the Crown Princess. Still, the partisans accompany Lee Chung to the Joseon since he has agreed to ask for forces to help defeat the zombies. Unfortunately, at court, War Minister Kim has arranged for the King to be infected. When Lee Chung makes his request, he is ultimately refused and the partisans accompanying him put in prison. Lee Chung and the Crown Princess are both ordered to a feast in honor of some Qing envoys. The King turns into a zombie at the feast, and the War Minister unleashes zombies on the court in order to get rid of the royals and the Qing envoys so that he could take the Joseon crown himself. Things don’t quite go to plan for the ministers who planned the coup, especially since zombies really can’t be controlled. In all this, Lee Chung is convinced to come to the rescue of his people and learns to become their leader. The Review This movie has a very dark palette. A lot of that may have to do with the fact that the zombies are active at night, so there are a lot of night scenes with torches and other things burning for light sources. However, even the daytime scenes have mostly dark, muted colors, from the sets to the clothing of both court officials and nobles to the villagers and soldiers. This means that when there are scenes that are lit up, it makes for even more contrast. Also, in a not very subtle use of color, Lee Chung starts out in dark clothing when he first comes back to Joseon, but as he goes to the royal court, he is the only one to wear entirely white clothing which helps to make him stand out in stark contrast to the dark palette. His white clothing is properly ornate so as not to be confused with funereal clothes (the traditional color of Korean funerals is white actually rather than black), but it also serves to reinforce the idea of death being every where. The other good guys, including the Crown Princess, also wear lighter color clothing, btw, and that is one of the ways to distinguish the good guys from the bad in the fight scenes. Hyun Bin seems to have a lot of fun with his role in this movie. As the younger prince who has been living in royal comfort at the Qing Court flirting with the Qing women and indulging in Qing luxuries, he does not long for royal power, seeing that as burdensome instead. With no pretensions to power, he also feels no need to be polite or respectful to anyone other than the King. As such, he has some quips and quick comebacks to various characters who keep trying to assign ambitions to him that he doesn’t have. And no compunctions about doing what he thinks he wants/needs to do. He also continued to cement his role as an action star in this movie as he single-handedly fends off hordes of zombies. The fight scenes are very good and with a touch of Henry V in some of its sentiment against a superior force in numbers. There is minimal romance in this movie. Lee Chung tries to flirt awkwardly with a pretty partisan girl. If anything, there is the tragic romance of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess which we do not see any of since the Crown Prince kills himself early in the movie. The acting is solid from the cast, and given that there are strong touches of bromance throughout this movie, you don’t really miss the romance. The movie manages to pull some real emotions out, thanks to the veteran cast, mostly towards the end of the drama as sacrifices are made for the sake of the country and the people. I rather enjoyed the writing and the dialogue in the movie, though my favorite lines are not said by Lee Chung. Rather, it’s said by the partisan leader Park Eul Ryung (played by Jo Woo Jin) as he once again tries to convince Lee Chung that he should become the new Joseon king. I translated their dialogue because I loved it so much. Park Eul Ryung: Will you go to the country of Qing? I believe that you will return. Please make sure you return. This palace and this country of Joseon, I believe that you will build them both back up again. Lee Chung: I said that I didn’t want to! Why should I?! PER: You didn’t want to. You didn’t want to. You kept saying that even as you came to this point. Lee Chung: I didn’t come here to be a king. It’s just you all were in such a pitiful state. That’s the only reason I led you here. That’s all. PER: Nobody at all felt sorry for us. Nobody even put any effort in to save our lives. Nobody was even willing to listen to a thing we said. But, you, Prince, did so. Isn’t that what a king is? Now that this servant has finally met a true king, I have no regrets about dying. Lee Chung: Damn you. It’s probably not the best zombie movie around nor the best sageuk, real or fusion, either. However, it’s a pretty compelling watch once you get accustomed to the palette and start being able to figure out who is who. The zombie scenes range from disturbing to familiar if you’ve already watched any other zombie movies, but they create a moody, tense atmosphere with the combination of political intrigue and infectious disease that the bad guys keep thinking they can use it without fully understanding what it is. In 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, this hits a little too close to home. The only thing that was kind of off-putting, which is true of pretty much every other zombie movie, has to do with how long it may take once bitten for the infection to manifest itself. There is some attempt made at an explanation for the variability, namely, how closely to a major vessel one was actually bitten, but that is all nonsense, and really, the zombification happens when it's most convenient for the plot. Having said that, it was a fun watch, and one that I don't mind re-watching. The Ratings Plot/Story 7 Acting/Cast 8 Production Value 8 Re-watch Value 8 The Movie Trailer
  8. Confidential Assignment 공조 Director: Kim Sung Hoon Writer: Kim Hyun Ho Main Cast: Hyun Bin, Yoo Hae Jin, Kim Joo Hyuk Background: Hyun Bin had left for the military after the massive success of ‘Secret Garden’ as his final drama plus two critically well received films, ‘Come Rain, Come Shine’ and ‘Late Autumn’. After he came back from the military, however, he struggled with his projects. He was criticized in his comeback project, the movie Fatal Encounter (20140, as well as in his comeback drama, Hyde, Jekyll, and Me (2015). His next project after those was this movie, Confidential Assignment (2017) which was well received and made him a bona fide action star. At its heart, Confidential Assignment plays with the popular movie leading man trope of the solitary ex-special forces supersoldier who becomes an avenger, e.g. Ajusshi/Man From Nowhere starring Won Bin, The Suspect starring Gong Yoo. However, the movie turned this on its head by turning Confidential Assignment into a bromance movie with strong comedic elements which utilized its co-stars Hyun Bin and Yoo Hae Jin comic timing to alleviate the inherent darkness of a revenge movie and made the redemption an overall lighter, more hopeful affair. The Plot: Im Cheol Ryung (Hyun Bin) is a North Korean officer in charge of special investigations. His fiancee is also a member of the unit, and as the movie opens we find that she is pregnant with their child. They investigate a warehouse that is printing counterfeit US dollars when they run across Cheol Ryung’s superior officer Cha Ki Seong (Kim Joo Hyuk) who is there with his own team to steal the counterfeit plates for themselves. A shootout occurs where Cheol Ryung is shot and others are killed including his fiancee and unborn child. Afterwards, Cheol Ryung is tortured and suspected of having been part of the conspiracy to steal the plates. The North Korean officials then find out that Cha Ki Seong has fled to South Korea with the plates, and the first ever North-South Korean investigation team is put together to apprehend Cha Ki Seong since he is a dangerous killer. The counterfeit plates are not mentioned, however, since North Korea wants them back. Cheol Ryung is given the assignment to capture Cha Ki Seong and bring the plates back within 3 days. In South Korea, Cheol Ryung is partnered up with Detective Kang Jin Tae (Yoo Hae Jin), an experienced detective who feels he is in a rut and is trying to figure out how to get promoted. Jin Tae is leery about being partnered up with a North Korean, and also has been told that his role is to keep Cheol Ryung distracted so that the NIS can track Cha Ki Seong and figure out what is really going on as well as potentially make a deal with him. Jin Tae does his best to try to keep Cheol Ryung otherwise engaged, but Cheol Ryung is literally a man with a mission. He wants to find Cha Ki Seong, not only because it’s his assignment, but also because he had killed his woman and unborn child. As much as Jin Tae does to hamper him, Cheol Ryung finds creative ways to get away from Jin Tae and continue his investigations into finding Cha Ki Seong. In an effort to keep Cheol Ryung in check, Jin Tae even invites Cheol Ryung to sleep at his house instead of in his austere hotel room. At his house, Jin Tae’s family (wife, daughter, and sister-in-law) are taken with Cheol Ryung mostly because of how handsome he is, with Jin Tae’s young sister-in-law Min Young (Yoonah) forming an instant crush him. However, the more important thing is that within Jin Tae’s boisterous and loving household, Cheol Ryung and Jin Tae start to talk and to feel an affinity with each other, 2 cops trying to do their respective jobs and to be true to who they are. Jin Tae and Cheol Ryung decide to really go after Cha Ki Seong together, with both of them having each other’s backs. Later on, when Jin Tae’s wife and daughter are endangered by Cha Ki Seong, Cheol Ryung comes to Jin Tae’s aid. The Review: This movie made me look at all three actors Hyn Bin, Yoo Hae Jin, and Kim Joo Hyuk with new appreciation. Hyun Bin looked cooler and more manly in this movie than I had seen him before and was a precursor to his role in the drama Crash Landing On You. He definitely seemed to have put his time in the Marines to good use. He was already an impressive actor before, but he carried himself with more assurance in this movie, moving with athletic grace and purpose while doing his own stunt work and making it look fluid and assured. It made me realize that Hyun Bin could be an action star while also being a very good actor with very good timing, both comic and dramatic, rather than just hiding behind a series of action stunts. This movie was about more than just the action. The plotting is good and the pacing fast but with purpose. The fight scenes were really good, with some moves that made me want to applaud in admiration. The fight choreography was definitely tight, and the other stunt work still holds up well. There is an abseil scene that I just loved, both in the stunt work, but also how it worked in the context of the movie. However, what made this movie really enjoyable was in the characterizations of the three lead characters. And, in this sense, Yoo Hae Jin totally rocked as the veteran cop who is somewhat jaded and a bit cynical, but still trying to do his job as well as he can, being a decent person and detective and also trying to balance out his family life and work life. Also, YHJ carried most of the comedic elements in this movie contrasting with Hyun Bin's straight, somber, revenge-orientation of his role and Kim Joo Hyuk's dark menace in his. However, each character has texture with both flaws and sympathy inducing elements. Cheol Ryung is a bit of an ex-idealist but still ingrained with an ultra-patriotism that doesn't recognize the flaws of his political leaders too clearly, and carrying the feelings of vengeance on a personal level that interferes with his training as a super soldier and now cop who has committed to carrying out his duties. Cha Ki Seong is probably the most interesting character, despite having the least screen time. On the one hand, he is a cold-blooded murderer who brooks no opposition or hint of betrayal and feels no remorse in getting rid of anything and anyone that he wants to, however he may also be a failed idealist and is now looking out for his own self interest, and those of the men who followed him out of the North Korean army when he left. At the very least, he is someone who has come to despise the government he had served, and the hypocrisy that they promote. Not that he respects any other government or even organized crime, so basically any organization that isn't his. The movie is full of enjoyable and interesting interactions between characters with the first and foremost being the slowly growing bromance between Jin Tae and Cheol Ryung. Second cutest, however, is the relationship between Jin Tae and his daughter with Jin Tae half-jokingly trying to gain an admissible place of affection with his daughter and the daughter being a bit demanding and nagging of her father. You have to see it perhaps to understand how cute of a father-daughter relationship it was. It was a surprisingly nuanced and touching relationship. There are other bromantic relationships and even bits of romantic relationships that further flesh out the various characters, though romance itself is does not play a huge part of this movie. One final comment about the title of this film. Unfortunately, they decided on an English title which I thought wasn't quite the same title in Korean. The Korean title actually translates to "cooperation" or a "joint action", basically alluding to North and South Korea agreeing to work together which was much more indicative of Cheol Ryung and Jin Tae working together than the more generic "Confidential Assignment" title. Plot/Story - 9 Cast/Acting - 9 (some of the supporting characters were questionable) Production Values - 9 Re-watch Value - 10 (I loved this movie enough that I watched it in the movie theaters at the time, then bought it when it was released to home media.) Overall - 9 if you’re a fan of action movies, 8 otherwise because the action element is pretty integral to appreciating this movie, but still enjoyable to watch. Also, this is the movie which turned me into a huge Hyun Bin fan.
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