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The Spy Gone North (2018)

Gongjak (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 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), Myeong-chan Park (comic) | 1 more credit »
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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
Eung-soo Kim ... Department Head Kim
Gyoo-nam Kim Gyoo-nam Kim ... Handcart Bum
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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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Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The character of Myong-un Ri (Sung-min Lee), the Director of North Korea's External Economic Council in the film, which is Beijing-based in China, is a true power broker in North Korea, and one of the few people who take part in face-to-face meetings with Kim Jong-Il (Ju-bong Gi). See more »

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When Suk-young Park arrives in Pyongyang for the first time and is driven around the city, he goes past the Mansudae Grand Monument which is large statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. At the time this scene is set it only the statue of Kim Il-sung was there. The statue of Kim Jong-il was erected after his death. See more »

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good spy thriller
15 April 2019 | by ops-52535See all my reviews

This is a korean spy thriller drama about, a true incident of espionage on north korea from the southern sister, via channals in mother china. its an exremely complex plot, but the very good acting by the main actors make this as seeworthy as the east west spy thrillers of the 70's and 80's made by usa , european and soviet filmakers.

its very well worth a thought that the korean issue is a still ongoing conflict, and every time a film like this is put on the market, their northern counterpart usually creates skin attacks and mortar shelling on the DMZ, or starts some navy maneuvers that usually are not announced, or burns up some fireworks that USA and japan gets der untergang spasms from, south korea are doomed anyway if some dirt like that should happen.

one might critizice the slow pace of this film, but its done with a cause, and well worth waiting for. the filmography are true fantastic in all aspects, with the punch of a feinsmeaeckers finrgerspitz, it brings us through great aerials to excitingly focused dialouges.

a darn good thriller thinks the grumpy old man, with recommendations.


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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:

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW19,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,348, 12 August 2018

Gross USA:

$500,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,844,509
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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