Meanwhile intel leaked on both sides, and no one knows who the informants are. Members of the resistance meet in Shanghai to obtain explosives that will used to destroy facilities of the Japanese Headquarters in Seoul, while the Japanese police follow them and gather in Shanghai. Meanwhile, a train carrying explosives passes the border and heads towards Seoul….
Meaning: the deepest convictions of the human heart your only hope for surviving a world where deceit and betrayal not only common but expected, but it a slim hope at best, and the indulgence of emotion almost guarantees failure. While the plot involves smuggling Hungarian-made explosives from Shanghai to Seoul in order to attack the Japanese headquarters, the drama internal: Korean cop Lee Jung-Chool (a fantastically world-weary Kang-ho Song) made his bones with the Japanese by ratting on his old friends in the resistance, but certain of his friends view him much the way Luke Skywalker viewed Darth Vader: “There is still good in you. I can feel it.” It’s all wonderfully stylish and handsome — the train sequence in particular may send some viewers into an aesthetic swoon — but it’s also a bit stately, which isn’t great for sustaining intrigue and/or tension. And too often, there the feeling that something got lost in translation, that instead of immersed in another world, we’re stuck in the role of interested, well-meaning tourists. (Nota bene: because the film not rated, it’s worth noting that the torture scenes do get rough.) 2016.