Ijung Gancheob (2003)

Run Time - 123 min.  |   Countries - South Korea  |  
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Set in the politically charged climate of Korea in the early '80s, Kim Hyun-jeong's Double Agent stars Han Suk-kyu (Tell Me Something) as Lim Byeong-ho, a North Korean intelligence operative who defects to South Korea. Lim is tortured for weeks before his motives for defecting are deemed acceptable. Then the information he brought over is vetted, and he is put to work. He assists in training South Korean soldiers. After two years, having earned more trust, he is given greater access and asked to examine North Korean intelligence. His new partner encourages him to go to church and tries to interest Lim in baseball. Lim receives a coded message over the radio from the beautiful Yoon Soo-mi (Ko So-young). He's told to make contact with her. It becomes clear that Lim is still working for the North Koreans. He and Yoon begin dating as cover for their meetings. Yoon transmits orders and Lim gives her classified information. As Lim and Yoon spend more time together, a genuine affection grows between them. But soon a European reporter who seems to know all about Lim approaches him, and Yoon's contact, a highly ranked spy, is captured by the government. The couple's loyalties are tested and their safety is threatened. In danger of exposure, they desperately try to find a way out. Double Agent had its U.S. premiere at Subway Cinema's 2003 New York Asian Film Festival.