Nongshim America INC

Canadian Premiere
Selection 2022

On the Line

Directed by Kim Gok



Kim Gok, Kim Sun


Bae Young-ik


Byun Yo-han, Kim Mu-yeol, Kim Hee-won, Park Myung-hoon



South Korea 2021 109 mins OV Korean Subtitles : English
Genre ThrillerAction

One phone call can have disastrous consequences. Fifty workers at a construction site in Busan are about to see their life savings vanish because of a simple phishing scam. A fake insurance company offers a discount that the boss can't refuse, sends the employees' data and that's it. One of the victims, Seo-joon (Byun John, THE BOOK OF FISH), a former detective turned labourer, is determined to get to the root of it. Faced with the powerlessness of the authorities against these invisible criminals, he embarks on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and dismantle a huge cartel of fraudsters operating out of China. There, he eventually gains enough respect to approach Gwak (Kim Moo-yeol, THE GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL), the man who ruined his life and the lives of his family. Not only does he have no regard for his victims, but he takes pleasure in hearing their distraught voices as they realize that all is lost.

Rarely has a crime thriller managed to evoke such a mixture of excitement and anxiety, even fear, as ON THE LINE. From the breathtaking opening scene, the viewer is immersed in a voice-activated phishing scheme, finding themselves as bemused and confused as the protagonists in this captivating but also extremely timely work. We are the potential targets of unscrupulous scammers as these harrowing events unfold. The duo of Kim Sun and Kim Gok repeat the feat accomplished with the groundbreaking WHITE (Fantasia 2012), which exposed the terrifying underside of the K-pop industry with a bold genre film. Thanks to extensive research into real-life fraud, the two filmmakers deliver a fascinating work that opens our eyes to this scourge as its victims live it, without skimping on action scenes in which the year's most loathsome villain will eventually get his due! – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg