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
The film marked the return to the Cannes Film Festival of award-winning director Jong-bin Yoon. Over a decade ago, his theatrical feature film debut, 'The Unforgiven' (2005), secured a prestigious selection in the 'Un Certain Regard' section of the Cannes Film Festival. in 2018, 'Gongjak' (2018) (aka 'The Spy Gone North' (2018)) was selected to screen out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »
Nice production values and period-dressing, scenes set in Seoul, Beijing and Pyongyang. Sympathetic view of North Korea and surprisingly General Kim, harsh slant on SK politicians and Security Agencies. Well made and acted movie, largely ends up as a male bro pic but unification proselytizing just too much.
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