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The Suspect (2013)

Yong-eui-ja (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | 10 January 2014 (USA)
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Betrayed and on the run, a North Korean agent tries to uncover the volatile secrets hidden inside the eyeglasses of a dead man.

Director:

Shin-yeon Won

Writer:

Sang-yoon Lim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jong-ryol Choi Jong-ryol Choi
Yoo Gong ... Ji Dong-cheol
Jae-yoon Jo ... Cho (as Jae-yun Jo)
Sung-ha Jo Sung-ha Jo ... NIS director Kim Seok-ho (as Seong-ha Jo)
Eui-sung Kim
Seong-gyoon Kim ... Lee Gwang-jo
Hee-soon Park ... Min Se-hoon
Won Poong-Yeon Won Poong-Yeon ... Kim Seok-Ho's underling
Da-in Yoo Da-in Yoo ... Choi Kyeong-hee
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Storyline

Dong-chul (Gong Yoo) is the best field agent in North Korea - until he is abandoned during a mission, his wife and daughter murdered. Hunted and on the run, torn between grief and vengeance, he takes a job as a night driver for the CEO of a powerful corporation. The chairman is brutally assassinated - but gives Dong-chul a pair of glasses before he dies. Now, he's on the run again. Accused of murder, wanted for treason, and desperate to uncover the volatile national secrets hidden inside the glasses. Dong-Chul wants the truth. And he'll start a war to get it. Written by Well Go USA, Inc.

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Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Suspect See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,137, 12 January 2014

Gross USA:

$218,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,581,583
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was partly shot in Puerto Rico in April 2013. See more »

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References Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) See more »

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Action packed Korean thriller, too long to be perfect
9 July 2014 | by abisioSee all my reviews

The Suspect is the type of espionage thriller that starts very good but as usually happens with Asian movies, loses a lot of time with personal dramas and love / hate relations among enemies. The first half of the movie is so fast that it is almost impossible to follow (specially with subtitles). A dissident North Korean highly trained spy called Ji Dong-cheol; working as a chauffeur for an important industrial and political person, witness his boss assassination by a people of the South Korean Secret Service.

Ji Dong-cheol is able to fight the killers, so before dying, his boss gives him a pair of lenses with some secret information (the Mc Guffin).

Of course, Secret Service blames Ji Dong-cheol for the assassination and and start chasing him all over Seoul unsuccessfully. A retired Special Forces, is summoned to capture Ji Dong-cheol; but there is some old history between them.

The first half of the movie, the action is NON-STOP; however during the second half, personal past issues of the main characters are explained via flash backs or dialog; slowing down the action (and the main story line too much). There is still plenty of action and violence filmed in a way only Hong Kong or Korean movies can; but the interest decays.

It is common for Asian movies to include some over-dramatic moments but in this case, the pace changes too much and the events depicted are not that believable or properly developed.

In brief; a decent Korean action thriller with could have benefited for a 20 or 30 minutes trimming or with better written script and a director capable of handling drama without boring.


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