There is no liberty in South Korea either, dumbass." These bureaucratic scourges know that preservation of the system is what the spy game is all about: neither revolution, nor justice, nor the unification of the "people split asunder" has anything to do with it in the end.
The film explores this theme through its focus on one tough operative caught between two "fatherlands," which merely see him as a pawn in the grand game of chess, expendable and readily replaceable. He withstands the torture and gains trust of the South Korean spooks.
It would be unfair to expect director Kwak Jae-yong to catch lightning in a bottle yet again with his next feature The Classic, and fans of My Sassy Girl should keep their expectations in check when they watch it.
Despite being sprinkled with bits of humor, The Classic adopts a far more traditional melodramatic mode than its predecessor.
The movie's biggest problem, however, is that Han Suk-kyu and Ko So-young have little chemistry together.