The Spy Gone North (2018)

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In 1993 Korea, the only country where the Cold War continues, tensions surrounding the development of nuclear weapons escalate. Seok-young Park, an army major in the South Korea military intelligence with the code name 'Black Venus' is assigned a mission to infiltrate the North Korean nuclear facility. Seok-young disguises himself as a South Korean businessman working on a collaborative project with North Korea, and approaches Myung-woon Lee, a North Korean high official based in Beijing. After laying down groundwork for years, Seok-young finally manages to win the North Korean ruling class' trust and secure a contract for joint advertising. However, Seok-young soon discovers that both North and South Korea are making secret deals for their own interests in the 1998 South Korea presidential election.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

[It's] a twisty, hyper-talkative historical epic that peers behind the curtain of political theater to offer a peek at how North and South Korea really stay in touch.

Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A taut, slowly engrossing, effectively old-fashioned Cold War thriller.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

This well-crafted work deserves to be seen for its thorough account of intricate workings of secret service and political skullduggery.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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A timely, confusing, fascinating, long-winded true story.

May 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The script eschews action in favour of twisting drama and subterfuge, ensuring danger is only one step away.

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Though The Spy Gone North starts off slow, it picks up speed as Park finds himself doubted by military man Manager Jung (Ju Ji-hoon)and viewers are thrown into political maze with unexpected twists.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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