The first major film release of 2020 looks set to be director Woo Min-ho’s newest film, the political thriller “The Man Standing Next”, which sees the director return to his “Inside Men” leading man Lee Byung-hun and the trailer promises the same intensity that film carried.

Synopsis

AN UNTOLD STORY OF THE KOREAN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (KCIA), AND ITS POLITICAL MANEUVERING IN THE 1970S
In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of the President Park who controls the KCIA, the organization with an edge over any branch of government. The director of KCIA, Kim Gyu-pyeong, is the seemingly most prospective second-in-command. In the midst of reign of fear, a former KCIA director, Park Yong-gak 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.

Lee Byung-hun takes up the role of the Kim Gyu-pyeong, whose name has been changed here from his real-life counterpart Kim Jae-gyu, the man responsible for the assassination of President Park, who will be portrayed by Lee Sung-min. Character actor Kwak Do-won plays Park Yong-gak whereas Lee Lee-joon plays Chief Office Kwak Sang-cheon. The film is slated to release in Korean some point in January, 2020.

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