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South Korean politicians struggle for power in 1979.

Cast & Crew

Lee Byung-hun
Kim Kyu-Pyeong
Sung-min Lee
President Park
Do-won Kwak
Park Yong-gak
Hee-joon Lee
Kwak Sang-Cheon
John D. Michaels
Congressman Harrington
Won-guk Kim
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Hwang Soon-il
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Critic Reviews for The Man Standing Next

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (10) | 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…
  • Woo Min-ho may be painstaking in the way that he reconstructs Korea's past, but the story that he tells is also a parable of power and its abuses that resonates beyond the specificities of the Fourth Republic to any and every era.

    February 20, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This sometimes confusing, always engrossing thriller provides quite a number of pesky parallels with world politics today.

    February 3, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Its history lesson is not for everyone.

    January 25, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There's no denying the filmmaking mastery on display, but perhaps Min-ho could make his future history lessons a little more approachable.

    January 11, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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