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The Man Standing Next (2020)

Namsanui bujangdeul (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Thriller | 24 January 2020 (USA)
In the 1970s Korea is under the absolute control of the president Park who controls the KCIA the organization with the edge over any branch of government.


Min-ho Woo
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Credited cast:
Lee Byung-Hun ... Kim Kyu-Pyeong
Sung-min Lee ... President Park
Do-won Kwak ... Park Yong-gak
Hee-joon Lee ... Kwak Sang-Cheon
So-jin Kim So-jin Kim ... Deborah Shim
Eric Bernard Eric Bernard ... The French henchman
Jerry Rector ... U.S. Ambassador to Korea
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aïmen Derriachi Aïmen Derriachi ... French Gangster
Garrison Michael Farquharson-Keener ... Casino Dealer
Hyun-Joon Ji Hyun-Joon Ji ... Ham Dae-Yong
Suk-Tae Joo Suk-Tae Joo ... Shin Ik-Chi
Min-Sang Kim Min-Sang Kim ... Chief of staff
Seung-Hoon Kim Seung-Hoon Kim ... Professor Im
Do-Guk Lee Do-Guk Lee ... Chief of protocol
Tae-Hyung Lee Tae-Hyung Lee ... Yoo Dong-Hoon


In the 1970s Korea is under the absolute control of the president Park who controls the KCIA the organization with the edge over any branch of government. The director of case CIA is the seemingly most prospective second in command midst of rain I fear for McKay CIA director, who knows all about the governments obscure operations exiles to the US where the investigation of corrugate is underway as attention escalates the stifling political maneuvering by the second in command unfolds

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Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »


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A bit boring
17 May 2020 | by mister_batemanSee all my reviews

Maybe it's partially because I am not familiar with Korean history, but I found the movie rather boring. I was however interested in the background of the events taking place on screen, so I began googling president Park while watching, only to find reading about him and his policies more intriguing than looking at the film.

For those who want to watch it perhaps it's good to know that he was quite a controversial figure. On one hand he is called an evil authoritarian and said to have become horribly corrupt at the end of his reign, but on the other hand even liberals can not deny that he laid much of the groundwork for today's prosperity in Korea.

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Release Date:

24 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,514, 26 January 2020

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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