KT (2002)

Countries - Japan , Korea, South   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Junji Sakamoto directs this taut spy thriller about the real-life abduction of Kim Dae Jung -- who would later be elected president of South Korea -- from a Tokyo hotel in 1973. Major Tomita (Koichi Sato) is a Japanese intelligence officer specializing in Korean matters. While tailing a North Korean spook, he learns that his attractive Korean teacher, Lee Jeong Mi (Yang Eun-yong), has been kidnapped by the South Korean Intelligence agency. Tomita negotiates for the freedom of Lee, who he learns was previously tortured by the same agency for protesting against strongman Park Jung Hee. Meanwhile, the Korean embassy gets the orders to kill Kim Dae Jung, known also by the codename "KT," who is living in exile in Japan. Tomita finds himself caught up in the scheme, privately realizing that the plot is wrong while participating nonetheless.