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
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.