Movie Monday: Secretly and Greatly (2013)

Starring: Kim Soo Hyun as Won Ryu Hwan, Lee Hyun Woo as Lee Hae Jin, and Park Ki Woong as Lee Hae Rang

Rating: R, violence towards the end

Running Time: 123 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2

Synopsis: A group of spies called the 5446 Corps were trained by North Korean elite special forces since their youth, ostensibly towards the lofty goal of unifying Korea. They are ambitiously dispatched to South Korea, where each disguises himself as a fool, an aspiring singer, and a high school student. Passing boring time without receiving any orders from the North, they gradually get used to life as ordinary neighbors in a small town until one day, their mundane lives are turned upside down when a “secret and great” mission is suddenly assigned to them.

Musings: My feelings on this movie are all over the place and so was the plot. From the beginning until the last 1/3 of the movie; it was very, very good and this is where my twinkle score comes from; however, somewhere, the movie kind of lost me for a few frames and I knew where they were going but I wasn’t sure if they knew how they were going to get there!

But, the acting was great! A good actor works with what he has. I must say, thanks to this movie, I’ll look at Kim Soo Hyun a lot closer now. When he was playing his Dong Gu persona, he was absolutely phenomenal! The rest paled in comparison. Park Ki Woong, was good but I just couldn’t take my eyes off that freaking orange hair! Lee Hyun Woo as the youngest was bad*** from the beginning until the end.

What also worked with this movie was the sprinkling of side stories: the girl (Ran played by Lee Chae Young) who life was pretty messed up because she was disowned by her parents; the Yoon siblings (played by Park Eun Bin and Choi Woo Sik); and Madame Jun and her nephew, Jo Doo-Suk (played by Park Hye-Sook and Hong Kyoung-In) who fiercely protected Won Ryu Hwan, the fool in spite of their own problems.

The action in this movie was well-orchestrated. Every action scene was definite and distinctly different. All of these actors should do more action movies or dramas; they really excelled. Again, the biggest hole in the movie was the story towards the end. But be warned. If you are looking at this movie strictly for the actors, I think the ending might be a big disappointment for you but otherwise well worth the 2+ hours. BTW, starting to wonder if the Korean film industry just think SK police are stupid. Just saying.

Trailer is available on on Hancinema Website only. The movie is available on several sites. Ask me if your interested.

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11 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Secretly and Greatly (2013)”

  1. Ah, this looks like the perfect movie for some of my youth students…all those cute young “boys.” LOL
    Thanks for another great movie selection…looking forward to October’s. 😉

    1. Yes, it is a “fangirl” dream. I resisted posting some of my pictures because of those youth. They definitely had fangirl moments! Because they had no other reasons for being in the movie, those moments.

  2. Thank you for another review 😉
    I liked the ending, I think it worked well in the world created by the author, but I didn’t like the writing on the wall at the very end, that was… pointless?
    All in all, the movie was a fun ride and that’s it. Nothing of ‘important’ substance.

  3. Good movie enjoyed it Bel. The film industry think SK Police are slow and have to left feet lol. I have yet to see a movie or most tv shows that really show them I a good light. I have not seen as many as most in here but the ones I have they are not in the good light. Again a good choice and all you fangirls will enjoy this one. Can you say Six Pack Abs rofl. .. 🙂

  4. Completely agree with you on this movie! I really liked how it started off, but by the end I was so frustrated! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the ending… if it was the right kind of movie. I was promised a comedy and it became… that. *sigh* I just wished the director had just chosen one genre. Either be a silly spy comedy, or be a North-South action thriller/drama, not both.

    I’ve always like Kim Soo Hyun, so I definitely watched this movie for him. I liked his character, but he was just your typical leader. It was Lee Hyun Woo’s Hae Jin who completely stole my heart. SO deadly, yet so loyal to his captain! I though Park Ki Woong was kinda wasted. His character was the less fleshed out, and we all know he could do so much more (though I did laughed for a whole minute when he tried to audition the first time)

    Thanks for the review!

  5. I liked this movie and I’m fan of Kim Soo Hyun , he was the reason I was watching the movie in the first place, but then half-way or so in the movie , I read a spoiler about the ending and I stopped watching because I was not in the mood for a downer. So I guess I liked most of what I watched of the movie, and yeah the side stories were nice.

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