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  • Summary: Spies from North and South Korea are pitted against each other amid the backdrop of reunification plans.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. In recent years, South Korean cinema has fully flowered, producing both uncompromising highly personal films and crisp, intelligent genre movies, with Shiri the most spectacular example of the latter to date.
  2. This is an unmistakably Asian variant on the action movie, a sleek, slick, entertaining espionage thriller in the John Woo mold.
  3. Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    The all-too-vivid simulation of terrorist attacks, including a prolonged scene of a building collapse in which people are seen plummeting to their deaths and crushed under falling concrete, may strike a very different chord with post-9/11 American audiences.
  5. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    50
    Suffers most from being overlong.
  6. 40
    Shamelessly derivative and politically expedient.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    20
    A thoroughly awful Korean production which vainly attempts to recast the slam-bang conventions of American action-adventure flicks into the sticky world of contemporary Korean politics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6

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