Film Business Asia offers news that Ryoo Seung-wan, the director of hard-hitting Korean action/dramas like No Blood, No Tears and The Unjust, is heading to Berlin next month to begin production on his latest movie.
This new film, recently retitled The Berlin File, begins shooting in Germany on May 1st and has a budget of $9 million. Ryoo Seung-wan and crew will film for two weeks in Berlin before heading back to South Korea for the rest of the production. Although The Berlin File is an entirely Korean-financed project, German co-production and services will be provided by Film Base, the company that recently co-produced the Bollywood action blockbuster Don 2.
The premise behind The Berlin File involves a secret agent who is framed for a crime he did not commit, and who must also protect the lives of his wife and unborn child.
Despite the action-heavy premise, Ryoo Seung-wan says the focus is more on the human drama.
The Berlin File is loaded and ready to hit select North American theaters on February 15th, 2013. This website should be updated with theater locations very soon. In the meantime, here’s quote from director Ryoo Seung-wan: “It’s said that during the Cold War, 6 out of 10 people walking the streets of Berlin were spies. Although that crushing period has passed, I sense that tragic history still hanging in the air. I wanted to tell a story about human beings who are defined by dangerous secrets bigger than their own lives.”
BREAKING NEWS: Check out a second full-length trailer for the film online now.