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Sworn Brothers

Directed by Jang Hoon, 2010
25 Nov 2011

North Korean secret agent Ji-won crosses the 38th Parallel on a big mission to assassinate a comrade who has betrayed the regime. When the National Intelligence Service (NIS) led by Han-gyu intervenes, a shooting spree ensues in the heart of Seoul. Both parties suffer losses but the adept Northerner completes his assignment and escapes, while Han-gyu, having failed miserably, is fired. Ji-won, however, is suspected to have manipulated the operation and is also deserted by his agency.

Six years pass and Han-gyu makes a living running a third-rate, private eye business, catching runaway immigrant housewives rather than enemies of the state, Hoonwhile Ji-won leads a renegade life, all the while trying to get in touch with his squad.

The two cross paths by chance and they immediately recognize each other from the fateful incident, each believing that their own identity has not been compromised. They start a business partnership in order to steal information from each other.

Over the course of the two-way spying however, they come to realize that they have much in common. But just as they start opening their hearts to each other, Pyongyang contacts Ji-won for his last mission and the duo find that they are at a crossroad.

The film focuses on the human side of the rivalry and is essentially a story about family. A retired weightlifter Lee Ji-bong, reluctantly accepts a coaching

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