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Gongjak (2018)

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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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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:

Beijing, China 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

Of the adapting of the 'Black Venus Case' for the screen in this movie, this film's director Jong-bin Yoon said: "Around 2014, I was researching the National Intelligence Service [NIS] and I came across a reference to a spy called 'Black Venus'. I was intrigued. After the NIS and the American CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] received intelligence in 1989 about the North Korean nuclear program, one man had his identity washed and was sent to North Korea as a spy. I was curious to find out how a spy operation of the type we usually see in films or novels might have played out in reality, and what was happening on the South Korean side." See more »

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22 August 2018 | by polsixeSee all my reviews

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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