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2009 Lost Memories


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What if Japan allied with the United States during World War II? What If the atom bombs were dropped on Berlin instead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? What if the sovereign nation of Korea never existed? To J.B.I. agent Masayuki Sakamoto these questions are not the subject of speculation - they're history. However, during a routine investigation of a terrorist attack upon a museum displaying ancient cultural artifacts, Sakamoto uncovers a web of intrigue which leads him to an underground band of freedom fighters willing to risk everything to acquire an ancient relic known as the "Lunar Soul." As Sakamoto unravels the mystery, everything he ever knew about the world he lives in will be turned inside out. Thrilling science fiction and tense political intrigue collide in this fast-paced, romanticized thriller. Set in the near future, 2009 Lost Memories is proof-positive that contemporary Asian cinema is being redefined y a handful of talented new Korean filmmakers.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
excellent asian action/fantasy June 5 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It is 2009, and the Japanese Bureau of Investigation branch in Seoul (a large city in greater Japan [Korea]) is trying to ferret out a group of Korean terrorists who believe that Korea should be a separate nation. The universe in this film flows forward from an event in 1909 history that eventually determined Korea's freedom from Japan -- but what if it happened differently, as it does in this film. All history is different. Japan and the USA together won WWII. The nuclear bombs dropped on Berlin, not Japan, etc. But what if, and this is where it gets nice and Philip K. Dickian (see Man in a High Castle), somehow, history had been changed deliberately. What if the Koreans could go back in time and set it right. Anyway, the action sequences are very nicely done. If I have one complaint it is that the hero is so good at looking wistful that it is overused. Too many slow down moments of wistful eye tearing. Special kudos to the actor who played the Japanese JBI partner of the hero. He was good. I and my family recommend this film to anyone who likes action and fantasy.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Interesting topic Dec 23 2004
By Sci-fi fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I rented this movie and enjoyed it enough to look in to buying it. If you're a sci-fi fan you'll like it. Some say you need an in-depth understanding of Japanese/Korean politics to grasp it but I don't think that's the case. I thoroughly enjoyed the flick and it actually inspired me to look up more information about the tense relationship between these 2 countries.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I wish more effort had gone into the story Dec 14 2007
By BernardZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I like these stories but I confess that this one is I thought weak. It is one of these what-if stories of how history would have been different if a Japanese governor in Korea in 1909 had not been assassinated. In the story it changed much of history. The Japanese empire survived and Korean become a second-class in Japanese society although democratic, rich and prosperous they are only fully accepted if they became Japanese. To correct this a Korean terrorist group tries to change history to make it what it was in our time.

While watching it, I was thinking considering what Korea when though in our time. Since 1909 they went though a tough Japanese occupation, a bloody civil war, have had two terrible communist dictators in the North, many military leaders in the South and a threat of major war with nukes now. Maybe this alternate future was better for Korea which is something this film should have tried to analysis.

Still it is a story. I did not find any characters interesting.

The acting was okay.

Some of the action scenes were good.

The filming reasonable.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing,Captivating 2009 is Spectacular Asian Filmaking! Feb. 22 2005
By S. Elizabeth McGraw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The storyline and the synopsis upon which this film stands are not only realistic but thought provoking. The talent of Toru Nakamura is "Always Amazing" to view,and "2009" doesn't falter in this long standing Great Actor's legacy. The story which flawlessly moves from 2009 to WWII Era tells a unique and enduring story of "what if" for it's viewers, and keeps even the most avid movie goer captivated until the very last frame. Action packed with mysterious Criminals showing up in the most unusual places,keeps 2 Tokyo detectives guessing at motives in post WWII,year 2009,Japan with one large twist. Japan was Allied with the U.S. in WWII and the Atom bombs weren't dropped in Japan but Europe,and yes...we still won the war. But what was lost? You won't be disappointed!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not too good, not too bad either... Jan. 6 2005
By Luke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Imagine Japan allied herself with the US and won WII instead of losing it. Imagine the nuclear bombs being set upon Berlin instead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And a Korea which is not Korea as is now, but a colony of Japan. Lee Si-Myung's 2002 flick seems lost between an action thriller and a sci-fi flic, and for the most parts of the first half of the story, it spends pretending to be the former. If you haven't read this sypnosis or any other you'll be forgiven into thinking this just another plain action drama. There's a huge set piece at the start of the movie where the nationalist "terrorist" groups break in for a mission, but after that the story pewters off into more routine and leisurely pacing.

Masayuki Sakamoto (Jang Dong-Gun) and Shojiro Saigo (Toru Nakamura) are two cops who are investigating the Korean terrorist organization Hureisenjin's latest exploits. Sakamoto is really Korean, although he works for the Japanese government; he couldn't care less about the Korean nationalist movements, that is, until this case, when something sinister seems to be lurking beneath the surface, and which the Japs seem to be trying to cover up.

To be really honest, the film has a good premise, but unfortunately somewhere along the line, it lost its promise and became, very merely, one megabuster which is interesting while it lasts but not very brilliant or bright in execution. Lee's direction became predictable as time went on, as does the plot once the central story became known midway through the 2-hour long film. There's some soppy melodrama going on as well, as well as a good-bad schism which favors the Koreans over their Japanese counterparts. All in all, if you are a Korean patriot, you may approve of the screenplay, but I for one find the melding of sci-fi and action ultimately unconvincing. But still, it isn't that bad a movie, although I won't say it's fantastic either. An ammo-laden film.


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