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Plot: Agents of the Korean National Intelligence Service (KNIS), Pyung-ho at Int’l Dept. and Jung-do at Domestic Dept. are both independently hunting a North Korean mole within the agency. During this investigation, they come face to face with an unbearable truth and must deal with an unthinkable plot to assassinate the South Korean president.
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Hunt is a fictionalised tale, based in a very dark period, of South Korea’s recent history.
Superficially, Hunt is an espionage tale but, more than that, its true core theme, examines the price of becoming locked into a system that is cruel and dehumanising. In this case, a dictatorial, South Korean, military government, that came to power in the 1980’s, off the back of a bloody coup d’etat.
The main characters, in their own way, try to minimise the suffering and death of ordinary people but the cycle is unbreakable and inevitably, any attempt to end suffering and death always leads to more. This is because the system of government itself, in North and South Korea, is broken and dictatorial.
There’s a lot of pretty gut wrenching violence and scenes of torture, in this film. As participants, willing or otherwise, its impossible to like any of the main characters. That said, you can empathise with their efforts, to try and put an end to the soul destroying system, they find themselves trapped within.
In summary, well acted, unrelentingly cruel and violent, fast paced, with a sophisticated, underlying message, about the price of being part of a system of dehumanising tyranny.
“Park” (director Lee Jung-Jae) and “Kim” (Jung Woo-sung) run the foreign and domestic teams of the South Korean equivalent of the CIA when an attempt is made to assassinate their President whilst on a trip to Washington DC. This politician came to power in a coup, in the 1980s, and he has no shortage of enemies. As the story develops, we discover that there is enormous pressure on these men to find out how the would-be killers knew so much about their boss’s itinerary. Is there a mole – the legendary “Donglim”, and could he/she have infiltrated their organisation? Pretty soon, a climate of fear and angry competition causes these two men to come to loggerheads as they try to detect the spy and keep their jobs, and they resort to ever more unscrupulous and violent means to achieve their goal before a summit in Bangkok. As is so often the case when an actor directs a film, the production can lack for an objective eye. The story really loses it’s way once or twice as the investigations progress. I found it quite difficult to follow who was doing what to whom; who was on whose team and the pace was really quite sluggish at times. There is a great deal of dialogue but none of that really serves to build the characters into people in whom we could readily invest, and there are a couple of cluttering sub-plots that make little sense, or add much richness, until right at the very end. That ending has a twist that, though intriguing, is a bit contrived and I found rather implausible and I am afraid that I left the cinema underwhelmed.
High-stakes spy thriller is a successful debut for Lee Jung-jae
Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut is a fast-paced, high-stakes thriller that proves the man is a capable director as well as being a charismatic actor. He is paired with Jung Woo-sung for an intense and increasingly crazy cat’n’mouse chase for an elusive spy.
So this film begins rather chaotically, featuring two shootouts in the first half hour already, letting you know this isn’t gonna be a slow-burn spy thriller. In fact, it keeps moving forward at such high speeds that you just can’t catch your breath unless you take a break. It’s essentially a series of confrontations (verbal and armed) that keep escalating until the rather exciting finale. Jung and Lee try to outsmart and outmaneuver each other while putting many innocent people in harm’s way, which is one of the more intriguing themes in the film. They’re both amoral to a certain degree, but also understanding of each other, and that lends the film a gritty Heat/Raging Fire vibe.
The plot here is concerned with a potential invasion by North Korea via a team of spies who are waiting for the right chance to strike. Lee and Jung’s characters are chiefs of Domestic and Foreign Units in the KCIA, tasked with finding out the identity of one of those spies who’s infiltrated in the organization. What ensues is a series of dynamic shifts in the organization and revelations that will result in a fierce battle for survival. The Jung/Lee relationship is a highlight in more dramatic scenes, with the viewer unsure who to trust as both act suspiciously throughout the film. When it comes to action (and there’s a lot of it), hats off to Lee for staging some pretty intense shootouts in mostly open areas. These sequences are not terribly long, but they’re expertly crafted and common throughout.
To summarize, Hunt is a very entertaining, action-packed political thriller similar to the likes of Steel Rain, but more morally ambiguous than usual in the genre. It’s also convoluted and sometimes hard to follow, but never less than compelling.
A great story until the half point; it breaks down from there
I went to the theater without clearly knowing what to expect. I wasn’t sure if the film was going to be an espionage thriller with an intelligent and credible story line or an action thriller involving shootings and car chases. Korean spy-movie makers can’t make up their minds whether they want to imitate Jack Bauer’s 24 or Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Those two genres are very distinct from each other. Jack Bauer’s 24 is mainly action-oriented while Tinker, Tailor involves cerebral detective work. Hunt tries to combine these two styles, and this is where the movie ceases to be convincing. I can’t reveal the story here, but the story is so far-fetched and unrealistic that it resembles a fantasy instead of a spoof on the actual political situation of Korea in the early 1980s. Though the film is based on the historical events during President Chun’s military dictatorship, the story is way blown out of the boundary of credibility since the very national-security apparatus which was meant to protect Chun’s power is riddled with North Korean double agents and domestic agitators.
The film’s treatment of the Kwangju Uprising of 1980 is predictable. The story fails to convince the audience that an army major who was involved in the squashing of the uprising could be so pierced in his conscience that he would join a plot overturn the regime. The audience is forced to accept the film’s angry rant.
I wonder how Lee Jungjae, the director and the lead character of the movie, expects to appeal to the South Korean audience when he depicts the North Korean agents to be literally invincible and almost omnipotent in their attempt to overturn South Korea while the South Korean intelligence agency is not only inept but also filled with North Korean moles and sympathizers.
In addition, the President’s Secret Service is nowhere to be seen throughout the movie. The National Security Service is in charge of intelligence-gathering and maintaining the power of the president, not in charge of protecting the president himself. The Secret Service is in charge of that task as aptly shown in The Man Standing Next. In Hunt, however, there is no presence of the Secret Service agents during two assassination attempts on the President. This is another plot hole.
Lee Jungjae should have studied the subject matter of intelligence, national security, and the presidential protection protocol before making this film. A good movie is considered good not only because it has good actors and good action sequences, but because it is based on a good story and script. Hunt lacks the latter. It fails to convince even though it is based on historical characters and events. It’s like putting a wild fantasy on historical facts. It doesn’t work.
I left the theater feeling disappointed and almost insulted. The film insulted my understanding of Korean history and the reality of the military confrontation between ROK and DPRK. It also offended my understanding of the actual world of espionage. In the real world of espionage, spies don’t shoot M-16’s and Uzzis to one another in the broad daylight in the streets of Washington, Tokyo, and Bangkok. Yi tried to imitate Heat’s street shooting scene between DeNero and Pacino. Real spy chiefs don’t shoot a gun even once throughout their career. The director has downgraded the integrity of espionage thrillers. Hunt could have been a much better movie with more work on the story concept.
Original Language ko
Runtime 2 hr 11 min (131 min)
Genre Action, Drama, Mystery
Director Lee Jung-jae
Writer Jo Seung-Hee
Actors Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, Heo Sung-tae
Country South Korea
Awards 4 wins & 12 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera ARRI Mini LF and Arri Signature Primes, Cooke Anamorphic lenses
Laboratory Dexter Studios, Seoul, South Korea (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format) (4K)
Printed Film Format N/A