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Secretly and Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게)

은밀하게 위대하게 (eun-mil-ha-gae eui-dae-ha-gae)

Directed by Jang Cheol-soo (장철수)

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Action Comedy Drama

123min | Release date in South Korea :

As a North Korean sleeper cell agent, Ryoo-hwan infiltrates the South and assumes the role of a village idiot in a rural town. He observes the townsfolk and waits patiently for his mission. One day, after 2 years of playing the role of the village idiot, fellow elite spies Hae-rang, posed as a rock star and Hae-jin, posed as an ordinary student, are dispatched to the same town as Ryoo-hwan. He helps the other two spies settle in and teach them how to adjust in the South. There is a sudden drastic political power shift in the North and all three spies receive an urgent mission: commit suicide.


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  • [HanCinema Feature] Yin-Yang Jang: "Secretly and Greatly" Vs. "Bedevilled"

    Jang Cheol-soo's yin-yang recipe for monster success... Something strange happened while I was watching Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly"; a stark shift that threw me away from Ryoo-hwan's light-hearted comedy antics, and then dumped me in a rain-slapped realm of abandoned apartments, blood, and bullets. The film had switched genres on me, transformed itself from a lurid and laughable land into a dark and depressing action-orientated abyss. This re-creation of the world, from a goofy K-comedy to action noir, was not entirely a surprise, and I began to think back to Jang's debut film, the gorgeously grotesque "Bedevilled", and realised that a very similar narrative pattern exists there too. Both films seem to be noticeably split, fractured really, into two distinct halves: two genres, not smoothly mixed, but loosely overlapped and singed on either end,...More
  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Secretly and Greatly": Dreamy agents and their rude awakening

    In the Spotlight this Week: "Secretly and Greatly" by Jang Cheol-soo In 2010 Jang Cheol-soo burst onto the scene with the gorgeously grotesque thriller "Bedevilled". It was a horrific event that stunned all those who dared indulge, and tagged Jang as one crafty talent to keep an eye on, reportedly "the best find of 2010". Since his bloody debut, however, Jang has deprived the public of a subsequent session and we have had to eagerly wait for his next cinematic outing. That wait was over when in June, 2013 "Secretly and Greatly" hit the circuit: a complex action drama that broke the all-time single day ticket haul for a Korean film with 919,036 stubs sold. Fans flooded the theatres to catch Jang's second outing, and the film eventually climbed its way to 6.9 million admissions to became the 5th highest grossing Korean movie of the year. "Secretly and Greatly" follows three young North Korean sleeper cell agents embedded within a warm village community. Ryoo-hwan, Hae-rang, and the youngster Hae-jin, all went through intense training back home and represent the North's most promising secret servants,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Secretly and Greatly"

    A selection of shots from Jang Cheol-soo's record-breaking action comedy: "Secretly and Greatly" Jang Cheol-soo splatted onto Korea's cinema circuit back in 2010 with the bloody thriller "Bedevilled", but we had to wait until June 2013 to get another taste of Jang's talents. His second feature, "Secretly and Greatly", broke the record for highest single day ticket haul in Korea's history (919,036), and then went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of the year. The following gallery contains a selection of shots and comments from Jang's his second film: "Secretly and Greatly" (2013) - To Remember, Share, and Enjoy! [spoiler],...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "Secretly and Greatly"

    Ryoo-hwan (played by Kim Soo-hyun) is the ultimate result of intensive North Korean military training. He has near super-human reflexes, incredible combat ability, rock-hard abs, and sweeping deductive combat abilities. For this mighty warrior, the North Korean government has an essential mission. Go to South Korea and pretend to be mentally retarded indefinitely until given further instructions. There's only really one joke- contrasting the super-cool Ryoo-hwan with his retarded alter ego. This actually works a lot better than it should,...More

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 Kim Mi-hyun (김미현)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Jang Cheol-soo (장철수)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Oh Tae-kyeong-I (오태경)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Kim Sun-min (김선민)
 Kim Joo-hwan (김주환)
 Production department
 Paek Seung-hwan (백승환)
 Production department
 Lee Jeon-hyung (이전형)
 Computer generated graphics/Digital special effects department
 Choi Jae-chun (최재천)
 Computer generated graphics/Digital special effects department
 Lee Kang-hee-I (이강희)
 Field editing
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Airing dates : 2013/06/05
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As of 2013.08.18 : 4 462  Admissions (total)
As of 2013.08.11 : 2 484 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.08.04 : 6 958 740 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.07.28 : 6 954 800 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.07.21 : 6 950 760 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.07.14 : 6 932 955 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.07.07 : 6 855 824 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.06.30 : 6 640 526 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.06.23 : 6 176 159 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.06.16 : 5 267 892 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.06.09 : 3 491 357 Admissions (total)
As of 2013.06.02 : 8 924  Admissions (total)

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