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Secretly, Greatly - Film Review

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Published December 2nd 2013
A movie that exploits loyalty sprinkled with hearty humour
Secretly, Greatly is a movie that deserves international spotlight. Not only because it is one of the most successful movies in its country of origin, South Korea, but because it is indeed a masterpiece.

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Secretly, Greatly dwells on the tension between North and South Korea, where the main character, Won Ryu Hwan (Kim Soo Hyun) is a well-known military man who comes to South Korea disguised as the idiot of the village. After some time, he is visited by other North Koreans Lee Hae Rang (Park Ki Woong) and Ri Hae Jin (Lee Hyun Woo), who disguise as a struggling rock star and a high school student, respectively. Things are going well despite the initial friction among the three; however, as they get comfortable living in the village, they receive an order from their commanders. It could be a matter of life and death.

The movie is a thriller containing actions, plot twists, and an unexpected ending. More importantly, it is not just about mere superficial violence; it exploits personal conflicts, relationships and togetherness, and of course, loyalty and patriotism. There is a lot of humour delivered by most of the undercover agents' alter egos, but the seriousness and substance of the movie is also profound. That is, beware: although at the surface the movie seems light and hilarious, it is not for the weak-hearted. There will be emotional infliction involved. All in all, it is a great movie worthy of attention.
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