Mogami Takeshi works at the Tokyo prosecutor's office focusing on violent criminal cases. Okino Keiichiro admires him and is happy to be assigned to work with Mogami. When a money lender is... See full summary »
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
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 »
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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