Kim Sung-hoon’s hybrid thriller ‘Confidential Assignment’ brings together operatives from South and North Korea for a comically convoluted joint investigation.

After inept police detective Gang Jin-tae (Yoo Hai-jin, Tazza: The Hidden Card) screws up yet another investigation, his boss somehow decides that he’s the best candidate for a high-level assignment with the federal intelligence service shadowing a North Korean operative visiting Seoul with a high-level government delegation. Army captain Lim Cheol-ryeong (Hyun Bin, Late Autumn) has been assigned to track down rogue officer Cha Gi-seong (Kim Joo-hyuck, Like for Likes), who has fled to the South with the Pyongyang government’s printing plates for producing superior-quality counterfeit $100 bills. Known as “superdollars” for their ability to avoid detection, the fake currency could destabilize international relations if traced back to the North Korean regime.

Confidential Assignment” may not be particularly original, but is an impressive, funny, and very stylish action comedy that is bound to entertain its audience and Hyun Bin can also turn in a solid action performance with the added North-South Korea buddy picture in this case. The film is exciting, bloody, and funny with no pretensions: an enjoyable popcorn movie with the Hyun Bin-Yoo Hae-Jin team likable and very effective. “Confidential Assignment” may not be particularly original, but is an impressive, funny, and very stylish action comedy that is bound to entertain its audience, particularly the ones who enjoy Hollywood blockbusters.

Hyun Bin as Im Cheol-ryung
Yoo Hae-jin as Kang Jin-tae

Kim Joo-hyuk as Cha Ki-seong
Jang Young-nam as Park So-yeon
Im Yoon-ah as Park Min-young
Lee Dong-hwi as Park Myung-ho
Oh Eui-shik as Lee Dae-pal

Movie Information

Production company: JK Film
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Cast: Hyun Bin, Yoo Hai-jin, Kim Joo-hyuck, Gong Jeong-hwan, Lee Hea-yong, Jang Young-nam, Lim Yoon-a
Director: Kim Sung-hoon
Screenwriter: Yoon Hyeon-ho
Producer: JK Youn
Executive producer: Jeong Tae-sung
Director of photography: Lee Sung-je
Production designer: Lee Tae-hoon
Costume designer: Kim Eun-suk
Editor: Lee Jin
Music: Hwang Sang-jun

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