After Hunt was screened at Cannes this year, foreign media allegedly complained that it was hard to keep up with the story, director Lee Jung Jae re-edited the film in order to give viewers outside of South Korea a better understanding of Korean politics in the 1980s. A knowledge that you really need to have to keep up with a plot that that requires the utmost concentration. There’s no nipping in and out for the over expensive savoury cinema snacks if you want to keep up with what’s going on.

Set in 1980s South Korea, and based loosely on actual events, KCIA Foreign Unit chief Park Pyong-ho (Lee Jung Jae) and Domestic Unit chief Kim Jung-do (Jung Woo Sung) are tasked the director of intelligence to find a North Korean mole within the company who is plotting to assassinate the South Korean president.

When the mole starts leaking vital information on ongoing incidents the two intelligence units are tasked with investigating each other leading to suspicion falling on Park Pyong-ho and Kim Jung-do themselves.

Hunt’s plot moves at a cracking pace with the climax being as good as anything seen in a Hollywood film.

Hunt’s over convoluted plot and fast pace won’t be for everyone but try and stick with it as there’s a lot to enjoy in this South Korean action film. There’s also the bonus, if you’re a fan, of spotting the familiar faces from Netflix’s Squid Game.


2h 11m

Director: Lee Jung-jae
Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung

UK Release: Cinemas and Digital Platforms 4th November 2022