The Berlin File

Synopsis: A North Korean agent in Berlin is betrayed and cut loose in the midst of a financial espionage intrigue. Together with his wife, a translator at the North Korean embassy in Berlin, they try to escape being purged, as North and South Korean operatives relentlessly pursue them.
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director(s): Seung-wan Ryoo
Production: CJ Entertainment
  9 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

3hours ago

One warm doner for 2 o'clock.

Room 607, The Westin Grand

What do you have to say

about the missile test results?

Korean NlS

Surveillance vehicle

The estimates you gave us were off

by over two kilometers.


Russian arms broker

Our technicians were not present

for the test.

Smaller arms and

the older missiles are not a problem.

We worry about the new missiles.

Hey, what just happened?

We lost audio.

Do something.

Korean National lntelligence Agency

Berlin Office

The Russian's opening his laptop.

- Fix the damn audio.

- Hang on a second.

- Are you getting audio?

- They're not closing the deal yet.

Who's that pretty boy?

I'm not getting anything.

Nothing on ClA,

Ml6 or Mossad database.

What the...?

A ghost?

I haven't seen one of those

in a while.

If you don't purchase

the new missiles,

we will not provide

the additional weapons.


Anti-lmperialist Arab League

And then we run another test

with North Korean technicians.

What do you say?

Somebody fix the goddamn audio.

Let me call you back.

Surveillance department

North Korean embassy, Berlin

I don't make the decisions.

I only follow orders.

You have the

new young leader now.

You must be more flexible comrade.


You claim to oppose imperialism,

but you negotiate with this imperialistic logic?

Our terms are non-negotiable.

Lee Hak-su

North Korea's ambassador to Germany

Excuse me.

What's the problem between you?

You came to sign the contract,

not negotiate.

This is the most reasonable

deal I've seen in years.

You're both being stubborn.

You're slaves to your pride.

We cannot match

his price in dollars.

And what about Euros?

I can speak to him about that, at least.

Get the helpers ready.

First, you sign the papers,

then you bet the money.

The transfer first.




Abort! Abort!

The deal is off.

Get the hell out of there!

This is the Mossad!

Our cleanup squad's here

in ten minutes.


Mossad (Israeli secret service)

Don't make this

any worse than it already is.

We can end this here.

We've got no interest

in your weapons deal.

We're only here for

the Russian broker and the Arab.

You've got plenty of other clients

to do business with.

Target on rooftop.

Proceed to service corridor

on the opposite side.

Distance to target 150 meters.

Come quietly.

They train you to put the gun

on the temple?

I just need to know the terms

and confirm the goods.

I turn my head

and the bullet misses me.

Alright, let's go.

The Berlin File.

Your spectacular screw-up

could reverberate all the way

to the Presidential House.

This is an absolute

diplomatic nightmare.

And for what gain?

We got the deal on tape.

Did you get the conversation?

Or the actual goods on tape?

You've got nothing to confirm

the deal terms.

No recording of the conversation.

Exactly what do you have?

He put a gun to my face.

What proof do we need?

And because of that commie,

one of our men sustained

a severe injury to the spine.

We still can't escape blame

under international law.

You opened fire based

on speculation,

- at a person whose identity...

- Don't dump your crap on us!

For f***'s sake.

You've got no information

on this supposed North Korean agent.

Are we even sure we're dealing

with North Koreans?

Who's going to clean up this mess?



Berlin unit under Chief Kang.

Prepare to be disbanded.

Mr. Inspector,

disbanding the team isn't

going to solve the problem.

A third country party intervened

at the scene.

A third party?

Give me that.

It's not the weapons

trade we're after.

We're tracking down Kim Jong-il's

secret account worth 4 billion dollars

believed to have been moved from

Macau to Europe before his death.

If we find that account,

we get the upper hand in issues

regarding aid to North Korea.

It's unlike you to make

such mistake.

Yuri is an arms broker wanted

by the US government.

That explains how the South Koreans

knew about the deal.

But Assim is

an anti-American activist.

Why did Israelis show up,

not the Americans?

The leak must have come

from one of three parties.

Either the Russians sold

the information to the Israelis

or the Arab was a double agent

working for the Mossad...

Or it came from us.

Pyo Jong-seong.

Watch your mouth!


listen to me carefully.

Do you know who's on his way

from Pyongyang?

Dong Myung-su.

Why would they dispatch an agent

when you're out here?

They don't trust us.

Foreign offices are put under

scrutiny under the new leadership.

Even you, the Republic's hero,

need to be watched.

- Take care where you tread...

- Comrade Ambassador,

have you forgotten

what my job is?

I'm only saying...

I will not make an official

record of your statement.

Is that all I am to you?

An object of surveillance?

You're losing your focus.

These are all speculations at best.

Where is intelligence?


You gotta do better than

this to transfer to US office.

The agent in charge,

Jung Jin-su,

I heard he stirred up

trouble in Libya, too.

These old-timers hung up

on anti-communistic ideas are just burdens.

I prefer not to see his name

on your next report, understood?

I trust you'll take care of it.

Bring me results.

Man, I told you to stay clear

of Korean restaurants.

Are you pissed off at me

for not covering your ass?

It's my birthday today.

I felt like a bowl

of seaweed soup.

So, I came to this restaurant

where no Koreans come.

For a bowl of home-made soup.

I meant to give you a heads-up

about the account.

But I missed the timing.

That's your excuse?


Cut me some slack, man.

This is not some sloppy industrial

espionage job we're dealing with.

I have a political

position to consider.

Screw you.

What political position

with commies?

I don't even make left turns

at intersections.

Anyone in my position

in any organization,

prefers to work with someone

that listens to you.

Do you know what your problem is?

You make people uncomfortable.

Why are you sitting

with someone so uncomfortable?

Fine, I'll get off your face.

What do you want from me?

You can get rid of me.

You can transfer to

the US office.

But our man who got busted

by the commie today,

he'll be confined to a wheelchair

for the rest of his life.

Just do your job.

I'll do mine.

We have a reservation

under the name, Ryun Jung-hee.

Upstairs, please.

He's already here.

He proposed this meeting.

So, he'll pick up the bill?

Didn't I tell you to take off

your wedding band?

It takes more than translation

skills to be a good interpreter.

There was a discussion at the bundestag

regarding North Korean diplomats

who got caught smuggling cigarettes.

...caught smuggling cigarettes.

Why is German parliament concerned

with what happened in Austria?

Didn't we explain that

it was a simple misunderstanding?

If this becomes a pattern,

it's hard for them to help

with our medical supply issues.

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Filmmaker and publicist Ted Geoghegan (born August 10, 1979 in Beaverton, Oregon, United States) grew up in Great Falls, Montana, attending private and public schools and studying film extensively. He attended The University of Montana in Missoula, Montana and attained a degree in English Education.Geoghegan is best known for his work in the horror genre. He is also a film publicist. more…

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