Confidential Assignment (" Gongjo")
- South Korea
- 125 mins
- English (subtitles)
While North Korean detective Im Cheol-ryung (Hyun Bin) is on guard at a Pyongyang laboratory, his superior Cha (Kim Joo-hyuk) and his gang decide to steal plates for printing counterfeit American money. Im tries to stop them, but unfortunately for him, this patriotic act ends with the death of his girlfriend and the flight of Cha to South Korea. Im is then paired with a South Korean policeman, Kang (Yoo Hae-jin) to further pursue the investigation. The two cops will have to put their political differences aside if they want to find the plates before they fall into the wrong hands.
CONFIDENTIAL ASSIGNMENT is an action-comedy set in a world of espionage like it just isn’t done anymore. This film takes us back to the days when Hollywood films revolved around the Cold War – one can feel the influence of Walter Hill and his 1980s classic RED HEAT in the work of director Kim Sung-hoon. However, this is more than just a pastiche, it’s a classic set-up expanded and adapted to the taste of the day. Like any good buddy cop film, Kim’s film skillfully mixes humour and action while developing charismatic characters, played to the hilt by Yoo Hae-jin and Hyun Bin. Each delivers an impeccable performance – Yoo is simply hilarious and Hyun demonstrates his ample know-how with countless cool stunts.
For years now, Fantasia has been presenting many Korean action movies – THE CHASER and THE SUSPECT come to mind, don’t they! Each time, they succeed in raising the bar a notch, and CONFIDENTIAL ASSIGNMENT is no exception. Spectacular fights, tight urban chases or hell on wheels – everything is the mix, guaranteeing maximum entertainment!
- translated by Rupert Bottenberg