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

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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • "The Man Standing Next" is an exceptional mainstream film that uses the true-story setting to present a captivating spy thriller whose atmosphere, acting and direction will satisfy all viewers

    February 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Offers a rigorous retelling of events, but results in an overloaded narrative that caters to history buffs at the slight expense of casual viewers and cinephiles.

    January 30, 2020 | Full Review…

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