Busan in 1978. Gil Yong, a veteran detective got the special request from the parents of a missing child, Eun Joo to investigate her case. As the clever kidnapper eludes the police, the case becomes more and more of a mystery. When Joong San, the fortune-teller foretells Eun Joo’s whereabouts, people get to listen to what he says as the situation goes more despair with no remark on Eun Joo. He also tells that Gil Yong is the only one who can save her. With no one to trust, Gil Yong and Joong San come closing in around the kidnapper using any means possible. This movie is the record of 33 days of two men going through hell to find a missing girl and bring her back home alive.
Cast & Credits
With a not-so-long running time and a crisp editing, it becomes an even more exciting watch as time passes. The story and screenplay are well written, well portrayed and well presented in terms of entertainment too. The dialogues are quite powerful and many of them make a great sense. The action scenes are executed very well and in a very realistic way. In other words, this film is just another South Korean film which makes us think. The visuals and the cinematography too are excellent and eye-pleasing.
Actors Kim Yoon-seok and Yu Hae-jin are a major strength of this film. The way their bond strengthens is good to watch. Both actors deliver powerful performances and you tend to believe that they aren't acting but indeed living the characters.
It's undoubtedly true that THE CLASSIFIED FILE turns out to be both an artistic and entertaining film at the same time. Those who believe in watching good cinema, should definitely watch it. Since there's no vulgarity or obscenity, it's a clean family entertainer and hereby recommended for all ages, and because apart from telling an engaging story, it also has a unique message hidden for all. I classify it as excellent.