Thursday, 31 January 2013 10:52 | By Korea JoongAng Daily

‘Berlin File’ wows in advance release

Ha Jung-woo and Jun Ji-hyun

Ha Jung-woo and Jun Ji-hyun

“The Berlin File,” which opened nationwide yesterday, already clocked more than130,000 views in an advance release on Tuesday.

The movie was shown at 631 theaters for about seven hours in what was the most popular preview screening since “The Host” in 2006, according to the Korea Film Council.

The highly anticipated action-thriller was directed by Ryu Seung-wan and features a stellar cast including Ryu Seung-bum, Ha Jung-woo and Jun Ji-hyun (pictured above). Production costed more than 10 billion won ($9.2 million).

The flick revolves around Pyo Jong-seong (Ha Jung-woo), a secret agent and weapons trader.

When an arms deal with an Arab group goes bad, Pyo and his wife, Ryon Jung-hee (Jun), become the targets of veteran Korean intelligence chief Jeong Jin-su (Han Suk-kyu), who has tracked down bank records of the deal.

The film also drew attention due to the fact that it’s the fifth collaboration between the Ryu brothers.

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