The Spy Gone North Korean Movie (공작 | 北风) Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Hwang Jung-Min 황정민, Lee Sung-Min 이성민, Cho Jin-Woong 조진웅, Ju Ji-Hoon 주지훈, Yoon Jong-bin 윤종빈 and Korean historic movie fans

The Spy Gone North (공작 | 北风) Movie Synopsis

In 1990s, South Korean military intelligence agent with code name ‘Black Venus’ is assigned to infiltrate North Korean nuclear facility. the-spy-gone-northDisguised as a South Korean businessman working on a collaborative project with North Korea, he manages to win the trust of North’s ruling class, but a larger political scheme lies ahead.

The Spy Gone North (공작 | 北风) Viewer Rating: 3/5 ***

The Spy Gone North (공작 | 北风) Movie Review:

The Epiphany Duplet loves Korean historic films. Taxi Driver and 1987: When The Day Comes were unnerving, and when we enter the cinema, we thought we would be receiving another dose of suspense and finger-biting political thrill. It was interesting how the recent works, both Herstory and The Spy Gone North avoided the winning formula and provided the audience with a fresh perspectives.
THE SPY GONE NORTH_Hwang Jung-MinI remembered Hwang Jung-min from The Battleship Island and The Wailing, his role as the spy “Black Venus” seem ‘boring’ to the audience initially, with almost no violence in the film. But as the plot continues, he was able to bring viewers through his dilemma, his concerns and his doubts as a spy with his micro-expressions and natural charm. In contrast to his straight-forward character, Cho Jin-woong as the director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), surprised me with his multi-faceted character.
THE-SPY-GONE-NORTH_Still-14A huge departure from his charming and comedic character in Along with The Gods II, Ju Ji-hoon is now a cold and ambitious North Korean military officer. While he did not play as big a part in the film, his character still provide some insights to the audience, that perhaps, the power game was not within the veteran after all.

THE SPY GONE NORTH_LEE Sung-minMy favourite character is perhaps Lee Sung-min’s Rim Yong-un, Director of North Korea’s External Economic Council based in Beijing. As the representative of North Korea, he came across as intimidating, or even villainous to the audience. The director gave us another surprise with the humane side of the man from North Korea. I was glad to see that this isn’t one of those shows which tried to stereotype the North Koreans.

SpyGoneNorth-2I’ve got to be honest here. The film started off pretty slow ( I doze off a little) during the narration. The film demands concentration as we figure out the characters. I like how the film didn’t try to dramatize the “spy-work”. There were loads of thinking, planning and talking. However, it all paid off, and the silent yet emotional end was definitely worth the time.

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The Spy Gone North 3Some parts of the film that are set in Beijing and North Korea were filmed in Taiwan.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

The Spy Gone North (공작 | 北风) is out in cinemas on 6 September 2018.

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18 Responses to The Spy Gone North Korean Movie (공작 | 北风) Review

  1. This sounds really interesting, I’d love to give it a shot

  2. Dhiraj Thapa says:

    I would love to watch this movie. Seems like suspense and thriller to me.

  3. cleverlychanging says:

    This movie looks very intriguing. This is the first time I’ve heard of it but I like the overall theme and would watch it.

  4. Faneshia says:

    Wow I never heard of this. You summerize it perfectly and I’m defeintwlt going to check it soon. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Preet says:

    This looks like a great movie. My husband would love this for sure. Can’t wait to watch this.

  6. patwagne says:

    Thank you for sharing your movie review. It should be informative for those who attend movies.

  7. Jayne SMABL says:

    The Spy Gone North sounds like a film that once it gets going keeps you on the edge of your seat, and keeps you guessing with plenty of twists along the way. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  8. HilLesha says:

    This is my first time hearing about this movie. However, t sounds like it would be a good movie for anyone that likes watching anything military related.

  9. Never watch a Korean drama before! Seems like a good movie and I need to check it out!

  10. Diana Tidswell says:

    This sounds like a nice Korean movie to watch. I’ll go ahead and check this out.

  11. Diana Tidswell says:

    I have never know that Korea has this kind of movie and it sounds really interesting movie to watch, I will go ahead and check this out.

  12. Catherine Santiago Jose says:

    I have never heard of this movie and it looks like an interesting movie to watch, I will definitely check this out.

  13. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo says:

    Definitely watching this movie! Jiu Ji Hoon is one of my favorite Korean actors, and this movie has a stellar cast. 🙂

  14. Emily Fata says:

    This looks like it’s a really great movie, with an awesome plot line! I’ll definitely have to give it a watch one day soon!

  15. Annabel says:

    This looks like an action-packed movie. I love Korean movies/ shows and i’ll add this one to my list.

  16. angel says:

    will recommend this movie to the husband!

  17. Megan says:

    Interesting, I’ve never heard of this movie before but it looks like a captivating watch.

  18. Not my kind of film, but my sister will love this! Thanks!

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