A coup in North Korea forces an agent to defect to South with unconscious "Number One". While operatives from North hunt for both of them, the agent has to work with South Koreans to stop the nuclear war.
About Nae-kyung who is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at his face. Because of his abilities, he gets involved in a power struggle between Prince Sooyang and Kim Jong-Seo.
In 1636, the Qing dynasty attacks Joseon. King Injo and his retainers, including Choi Myung-kil and Kim Sang-hun, hide in the mountain fortress city of Namhansanseong. They are isolated from the outside. Meanwhile, Choi Myung-kil insists that they enter into negotiations with the Qing dynasty, but Kim Sang-hun proposes that they keep fighting.
An all-star cast in an undeniably great production. Sadly, though, I found the film overlong, slow moving and very repetitive in dialogue and actions. I mean, there must have been about twenty scenes or so of them meeting in the Royal chamber. How many times did they utter the words "he must be beheaded", "send the crown prince", etc.? This was a matter of deja vu, deja vu... The film became tedious having to watch the same over and over again.
Considering what I've already seen in Korean cinema, I can't say the battle scenes were all that spectacular. They were indeed very good, but not impressive. I also didn't understand the significance of the little girl. What was her purpose in the film? She honestly didn't play a mention-able role.
Although hailed by critics, this multi award winning film is forgettable (for me, at least). Next!
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