This is totally an old movie…it was released in 2013, but I’m just now watching it and decided to review it. I liked TOP in IRIS as the bad guy, but this was a different side…almost. I would like to see him get more emotional in a movie. I think I need to see his other movies before critiquing his acting. So anyway, this movie is one of the best edited Korean movies I’ve seen. Whenever I watch a Korean movie it’s like they are trying to make a drama and cutting it down to the length of a movie, which means it feels like you’ve missed an episode. However, this movie doesn’t feel that way…at least not completely. The way it was filmed made it actually feel like a movie. And the story was decent as well. If you haven’t watched this movie…then you should.
Commitment (Hangul: 동창생; RR: Dong-chang-saeng; lit. “Alumnus” or “The Graduate”) is a 2013 South Korean spy thriller film starring Choi Seunghyun (also known as T.O.P from the K-pop boyband BIGBANG).
Nineteen-year-old Li Myung-hoon (Choi Seung-hyun) never imagined he would become a killer. Born to a privileged life in North Korea, his dream was to become a pianist. But when his father, a North Korean spy, dies disgraced, Myung-hoon and his younger sister Hye-in (Kim Yoo-jung) are sent to a “guilt-by-association” forced labor camp. Their father’s superior, high-ranking military official Colonel Moon (Jo Sung-ha) proposes a deal to Myung-hoon: if he goes down to the South as a “technician” (an assassin) and finishes what his father had failed to accomplish, he and his sister will be released from the prison camp. Myung-hoon accepts the deal and undergoes two years of intense training.
Myung-hoon finally arrives in South Korea under the guise of a North Korean defector. He is adopted by a South Korean couple who are actually North Korean spies and enrolls at a local high school. He gradually befriends Hye-in (Han Ye-ri), a bulliedschoolgirl who shares the same name as his sister and has aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. Myung-hoon then receives his mission: in order to rescue his sister and go back home to the North, he must locate and take out “Big Dipper” (Jung Ho-bin), a North Korean agent working for the opposing government faction. Meanwhile, a power struggle ensues in North Korea with the failing health of dictator Kim Jong-il, and Myung-hoon quickly becomes a liability and must ultimately cope with Colonel Moon’s treachery.
- Choi Seung-hyun – Ri Myung-hoon / Kang Dae-ho (cover identity used in South Korea)
- Han Ye-ri – Lee Hye-in
- Kim Yoo-jung – Ri Hye-in, Myung-hoon’s younger sister
- Yoon Je-moon – Cha Jung-min, South Korean National Intelligence Service agent
- Jo Sung-ha – Moon Sang-chul, North Korean senior colonel
- Jung Ho-bin – “Big Dipper,” North Korean agent
- Kwak Min-seok – North Korean agent, Myung-hoon’s adoptive father in South Korea
- Kim Sun-kyung – North Korean agent, Myung-hoon’s adoptive mother in South Korea; cover identity as pharmacist
- Dong Hyun-bae – one of the bullies
- Kim Min-jae – North Korean agent
- Lee Joo-shil – North Korean agent
- Park Ji-il – South Korean agent
- Kang Bit
- Park Sung-woong – Ri Young-ho, Myung-hoon and Hye-in’s father (cameo)