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The Spy Gone North (2018)

Gongjak (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 August 2018 (USA)
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In the mid-1990s, a loyal South Korean secret agent is caught in a political vortex plotted by the ruling classes of North and South Korea.

Director:

Jong-bin Yoon (as Jong-Bin Yun)

Writers:

Sung-hui Kwon (as Seong-hwi Kwon), Jong-bin Yoon

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung-min Hwang ... Suk-young Park
Sung-min Lee ... Myong-un Ri
Jin-Woong Cho ... Hak-seong Choi (as Jin-woong Jo)
Ji-Hoon Ju ... Mu-taek Jong (as Ji-hun Ju)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seung-ik Baek Seung-ik Baek ... Security Agent 5
Ji-Heon Cha Ji-Heon Cha ... Section Chief Jeong's Wife
Yong Chae Yong Chae ... Hwang Byeong-cheol
Bo-Kwang Choi Bo-Kwang Choi ... Seok-yeong's Wife
Byung Mo Choi Byung Mo Choi ... National Assembly Member Yoo
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... Kim Jong-Il
Seung-bae Jeong Seung-bae Jeong ... Secretariat Executive
Joo-hee Jo Joo-hee Jo ... Jo Myeong-ae
Gi-sub Jung Gi-sub Jung ... Agency for National Security Planning Agent 1
So-ri Jung So-ri Jung ... Lee Hong-seol
Eung-soo Kim ... Department Head Kim
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Storyline

In 1993, former military officer Suk-young Park is recruited as a spy by South Korea's National Intelligence Service, and given the code name "Black Venus". He is then sent to infiltrate a group of high-ranking North Korean officials based in Beijing, with the ultimate goal of acquiring information on the North's nuclear program. After becoming close to Myong-un Ri, a key power broker, Black Venus succeeds beyond his wildest dreams of gaining the trust of North Korea's leadership. But political machinations on both sides of the border threaten to derail his accomplishments. Written by CJ Entertainment

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A fine line between conviction and trust See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spy Gone North See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW 19,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

KRW 12,711,847,686 (South Korea), 12 August 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$497,755, 16 September 2018
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to 'The Korea Times', North Korea has made a rare comment on this movie but indirectly. The publication reports that North Korea's state-run Korea Central News Agency, "highlighted South Korean news agency Newsis' recent interview with Chung Dong-young, who is known to have met Park [Park Chae-seo] in late 1990s as an opposition party member. Chung was a presidential candidate and is now leader of the minor opposition Party for Democracy and Peace. The movie's main focus is on the 'Black Venus Case' in which Park was allegedly involved in an attempt to sway voters using the 'Northern Wind', the North's political influence on the South." See more »

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Meaningful but not entertaining
22 April 2019 | by madbird-61243See all my reviews

The movie is not what I expect. Not an typical spy film at all, with no Tom Crusie style of action scene. Perhaps my poor English prevents me to get a complete understanding of the plot. But to fully follow the story it needs patience.

Fellow Koreans would easily understand the story but not non Koreans. Though at a loss of the details, I grasp the main theme of the story. The north and south pair of male leads both are working together for the good of their countries. But authority behind just want to secure their power at the expenses of the people. Hope I have not got it wrong.

This is a true story and I appreciate the film records those unkowns who sacrifice for the sake of their countries. Meaningful but not entertaining enough.


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