A North Korean fisherman breaks his boat engine by accident and drifts across into South Korean territory, being picked up by border guards as a spy. After enduring brutal investigations in the South, he eventually gets sent back to North Korea. Before leaving South Korea, he notices the dark side of its society contrasting with its “developed“ image. There, he realizes that economic development does not spell happiness for the people. Although he makes it back home, he receives the same investigations as he did in the south. Then a grave sorrow hits him, trapped in the ideology between the two divided countries against his will.
In the days that followed, the unhappy man, unparalleled in the role of Seung-bum Ryoo, is a plaything of the political conflicts of the two countries. South Korean police must find out at any cost if they do not have a spy in their midst with Nam. The man in charge of the investigation seems to want to fight a personal dispute, insisting that he knows for certain that he is a spy. Fortunately for Nam, there is also his personal guard, a gentle and honest young man, who, among his tough and sadistic colleagues, forms an oasis of humanity. Despite Nam's desire to return home, to her family, her stay in South Korea is being stretched in the hope that she will overflow. "You can start a new family here," he is told in a cheerful way. The methods used to make him "get rid of the truth" are demeaning in their simplicity. It is good to imagine that you can lose your control over reality in a few days. Kim Ki-duk does not choose a side, but shows that mistakes are made on both sides of the border ... But the message is clear: no ideology is so good that humanity can be banished. And that is a truth that applies not only to North and South Korea. 'The Net' may be less radical than the films that Kim Ki-duk usually does, the urgency of the film is unmistakable.