Shamelessly derivative and politically expedient, this 1999 thriller from South Korea became a megahit in East Asia by mimicking the films of John Woo while capitalizing on the touchy issue of Korean reunification. The plot involves a team of special agents in Seoul chasing after a lethal female sniper from the north, and director Kang Je-gyu paces their cat-and-mouse game at a furious speed, pumping up the adrenaline (and the volume) through a series of synthetic false alarms and bloodbaths. Occasionally the film slows down to reflect on poverty in the north and corruption in the south, showing that Kang has mastered the ancient martial art of fence straddling. With Han Suk-gyu and Kim Yun-jin. In Korean with subtitles. 124 min.