In 1993 Korea, the only country where the Cold War continues, tensions surrounding the development of nuclear weapons escalate. Seok-young Park, an arm major in the South Korea military intelligence infiltrates the North Korean nuclear facility, disguising as a South Korean businessman. While the North Koreans’ trust, Seok-young learns of secret deals between the two Koreas.
(Source: CJ Entertainment)
Cast & Credits
I didn't know what to expect with this film. I had heard about it from my sister (who doesn't particularly watch Korean films), but she had merely told me it was about a South Korean spy going North.
Intrigued (I'd only ever heard of the reverse in my North/South spy movies), I felt I now needed to watch this movie. COME TO FIND OUT! The film starts off by saying "This film is based on the real-life case of 'Black Venus' who operated as a spy in the 1990s." WHAT A DREAM! An unusual North and South Korea story, based on True events! (I Love History, and I Love Korea, so combine the two and I'm in Heaven~)
The film was well paced, and the acting phenomenal. I don't know a great deal about the Korean peninsula in the 1990's, but the little I do know was depicted in the film.
At one point in the movie it says it's 1997, which was a bit surreal because it made me think of the drama "Reply: 1997", which in turn made me ponder the disturbing reality that so much happens in this world behind closed doors, with powerful men and women deciding that theirs is the best way.
I think my favourite thing about this film is that it didn't seem to vilify One of the Korea's, and paint the other a hero; It just shows us a story, a little snippet of history, and let's us reach our own conclusions.