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Secret Reunion

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Secret Reunion

(Uihyeongje)
Sponsored by: CinéAsie & Korean Film Council

Canadian Premiere

  • South Korea 2010
  • 116 min
  • 35mm
  • Korean with English subtitles
Official Selection, Udine Far East Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, New York Asian Film Festival 2010

Genre

DramaCrime / ThrillerAction / Adventure

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“Moves easily from espionage to comedy-marbled melodrama... A neat enhancement of the buddy-cop movie tradition” — Russell Edwards, VARIETY

“Jang has the knack for building up a breathless rhythm” — Maggie Lee, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Credits

Director: Jang Hun
Screenplay: Kim Joo-ho, Choi Kwang-young, Jang Hun, from Jang Min-seok
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Jeon Gook-hwan, Park Hyeok-kwon
Producers: Song Myung-chul, Jang Won-suk
Print Source: Showbox/Mediaplex

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Description

Agent Lee (Song Kang-ho), a surly but soft-hearted man of action, belongs to a government agency dedicated to capturing North Korean spies. Following an informer’s tip, Lee and his team are about to take down a major communist asset, the ruthlessly brutal assassin known as Shadow (Jeon Gook-hwan). They know where Shadow will strike next. To hell with orders, no way will they wait for back-up and risk sharing the glory of such a hot collar. Lee and his men go in. Meanwhile, Song (Gang Dong-won), a young North Korean spy, is on a mission with Shadow. They pay a visit to a known defector in order to take him out. On site, he witnesses his superior coldly execute their target’s entire family. It is at this moment that Agent Lee’s team decides to make its entrance. All hell breaks loose. Cops drop like flies and Shadow manages to escape. Song also gets away but, deemed a traitor, he cannot go home. For his part, Lee gets fired from the agency for this catastrophic operation. Six years later, Lee and Song meet again under the most unexpected of circumstances, the result of which promises to be even more so.

After an impressive debut with ROUGH CUT, praised at Fantasia in 2009, Jang Hun was weighed down by high expectations but his second effort, SECRET REUNION, lives up to them all. It even succeeded in dislodging AVATAR from the top of the Korean box office. Without compromising an ounce of his soul, and maintaining all of his bite, Jang has delivered a more mainstream film filled with laughs and thrills, mixing in bloody gunfights, destructive chases and hand-to-hand bouts of mind-blowing tae kwon do. With talent such as Nam Na-young at the editing table and Lee Mo-gae photographing (the former having set the rhythm for CITY OF VIOLENCE and the latter having created the sublime imagery of A TALE OF TWO SISTERS), appetites should be whetted. But with the acting duo offered by SECRET REUNION, we’re flat-out drooling. Gang Dong-won, who you can also admire in this year’s WOOCHI, doesn’t let himself get intimidated by his famous counterpart, the great Song Kang-ho (THIRST, THE HOST), king of antiheros, who is always up for a bit of fun as he displays the buffoonish presence we have come to expect from him. Song has never made a bad film (go check) and his presence here says a great deal about Jang Hun’s talent.

—Nicolas Archambault (translated by Guillaume Desbiens)

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