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.
Key Marketing Points:
- Theatrical release – $115k domestic box office to date, $34.5 million international
- Starring top South Korean actors Byung-Hun Lee (I Saw the Devil, The Good The Bad & The Weird, A Bittersweet Life), Do-won Kwak (The Wailing, The Man from Nowhere), Sung-min Lee (The Spy Gone North, The Good The Bad & The Weird)
- Interest in South Korean films is currently at an all-time high due the recent success of Academy Award Best Picture winner Parasite
- Will appeal to fans of South Korean cinema and political thrillers in the vein of The Conversation and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
"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.” - HanCinema
“Stylistically, there are echoes of such notable '70s American political thrillers as "Parallax View" and "The Conversation.“ – Houston Chronicle