The Man Standing Next

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In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of the President Park (LEE Sung-min) who controls the KCIA, the organization with an edge over any branch of government. The director of KCIA, KIM Gyu-pyeong (LEE Byung-hun), is the seemingly most prospective second-in-command. In the midst of reign of fear, a former KCIA director, PARK Yong-gak (KWAK Do-won) who knows all about the government's obscure operations, exiles to the U.S. where the investigation of 'Koreagate' is underway. As the tension escalates, the stifling political maneuvering by the all second-in-command's unfolds.

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Critic Reviews for The Man Standing Next

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2)

  • Though touching on a le Carre-like web of loyalties, ambition and hidden agendas, the film is generally less engrossing than that might suggest...

    May 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Stylistically, there are echoes of such notable '70s American political thrillers as "Parallax View" and "The Conversation." Even if you're not sure what's going on at any given moment, it is never less than compelling.

    February 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even though the cinematography is a lot more sophisticated than the average Hollywood drama, the backstory which surrounds The Man Standing Next is much more interesting than the film itself.

    July 2, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's a strikingly well-made film, shot on three continents with slick production design and confidently unrushed direction.

    June 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Woo's screenplay is clever in the way it uses ... [a] straightforward premise ... as a hook for the deeper and more troubling elements of this story.

    May 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Lee's portrayal of Kim is excellent as it fully encapsulates the woes of any person bounded by circumstances such as his.

    February 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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