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The Man Standing Next (N/C 15+)

7-10 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


South Korea’s Oscar candidate uses the final days of President Park Chung-hee’s rule in 1979 as the basis of a tense conspiracy thriller with all the intrigue of a John le Carré classic. Eighteen years after a military coup d’etat in South Korea, President Park (Lee Sung-min) has become a symbol of corrupt dictatorship. Korean intelligence chief Kim Gyu-pyeong (Lee Byung-hun) has sworn to serve the President but his loyalty is tested to the limit in the fast-unfolding web of paranoia, plotting, violence and betrayal that marked a key moment in the country’s history.

UK Premiere. Thanks to Showbox

  • Director Woo Min-ho
  • Cast Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min, Kwak Do-won.
  • Country South Korea
  • Year of Production 2020
  • Run Time 1h54m
  • Language English and Korean with English subtitles
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Content Warnings Death, strong physical violence, blood / gore
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