The Man Standing Next

2020 • 113 minutes
4 reviews
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AN UNTOLD STORY OF THE KOREAN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (KCIA), AND ITS POLITICAL MANEUVERING IN THE 1970S In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of the President Park (LEE Sung-min) who controls the KCIA, the organization with an edge over any branch of government. The director of KCIA, KIM Gyu-pyeong (LEE Byung-hun), is the seemingly most prospective second-in-command. In the midst of reign of fear, a former KCIA director, PARK Yong-gak (KWAK Do-won) who knows all about the government's obscure operations, exiles to the U.S. where the investigation of 'Koreagate' is underway. As the tension escalates, the stifling political maneuvering by the all second-in-command's unfolds.

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4 reviews
Jeremy C.
June 26, 2020
The BEST Korean movie of 2020. amazing acting, great suspense even if you know what happens at the end. the movie is based on true events. shows you the ugliness of the pathetic & barbaric corrupt dictator of South Korea in the 60s~70s. although another dictatorship continues into the 80s; truly some of the saddest decades of South Korea. it's a must-watch for anyone who's into modern Korean history or into the fight against dictatorship and fascism. Long live Kim Jaegyu, a true hero.
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Daniel Muhammad
December 25, 2020
Started off slow but guess it was necessary as stage was being set. Surprising ending. Didn't know Korean politics were volatile in 70s, 80s and 90s. Learned a lot. Good movie.
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