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January 23, 2020

 

The box office numbers tonight shows that THE MAN STANDING NEXT gained 320K audience admission on the second day, with the current overall tally of almost 600K admission. It's definitely much higher than the opening day helped by positive responses and strong word-of-mouth. Way to go, man! :w00t:

 

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Source: @wisecrack07 //  @ILCHIRI

 

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January 24, 2020

 

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By Yoon So-yeon INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily // KoBiz

 

“The Man Standing Next” started strong ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, beating its rivals “Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP” and “Hitman: Agent Jun,” which opened simultaneously on Wednesday at the local box office.

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According to the Korean Film Council, “The Man,” directed by Woo Min-ho, took the No. 1 spot with 252,114 tickets sold on Wednesday, taking up 56.1 percent of all moviegoers in the country that day.

 

The film revolves around the assassination of Park Chung Hee, featuring actors Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min and Kwak Do-won.

 

Coming in at second was comedy action flick “Hitman,” featuring actor Kwon Sang-woo, with 81,351 tickets sold.

 

“Mr. Zoo” followed in the third spot with 45,094 tickets sold. The movie also features actor Lee Sung-min who plays a former intelligence agent who one day gains the ability to communicate with animals.

 

The three movies are expected to compete over the four-day national holiday that begins today and ends on Monday.

 

Source: Showbox (1) (2)

 

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Published on January  23, 2020 by BH Entertainment

 

 

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to all friends & fans at the thread celebrating this new year

                     

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Did "The Man Standing Next" just got a name change to  “Chiefs of Namsan?"

Thank you @rubie for all the updates.

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Lee Byung Hun’s New Film “Chiefs Of Namsan” Surpasses 1 Million Moviegoers

On January 24, the film “Chiefs of Namsan” surpassed 1 million moviegoers at the box office.

The film achieved this milestone only three days after its release, proving its popularity during the holiday period (Lunar New Year).
 

“Chiefs of Namsan” stars Lee Byung Hun, Lee Sung MinKwak Do Won, and Lee Hee Joon. It tells the story of the Director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) in the period leading up to President Park Chung Hee’s assassination in 1979. It is based on the nonfiction bestseller of the same name.
 

“Chiefs of Namsan’s” accomplishment puts it on equal footing with 2019’s hit film “Extreme Job” and the recently-released “Ashfall,” both of which surpassed 1 million moviegoers in three days. However, “Chiefs of Namsan’s” accomplishment is notable in that it is not a comedy film released during the Lunar New Year period like “Extreme Job.” (It is widely believed that comedy films do better during the Lunar New Year.)
 

Part of the success of “Chiefs of Namsan” is that it has attracted a large audience across various age groups. As it depicts the events of 1979, there are many people in South Korea who still remember the real-life assassination of Park Chung Hee. The film, being rated 15 and up, has also attracted an audience among people who were not alive at the time of the incident but are curious about this part of history.
 

“Chiefs of Namsan” premiered in South Korea on January 22.


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  Lets request it from Netflix - only one request per IP Address, per Netflix regulations.

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Happy New Year, everyone!

 

 

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On 1/25/2020 at 8:08 AM, irilight said:

Did "The Man Standing Next" just got a name change to  “Chiefs of Namsan?"

 

Hi @irilight, so good to see you back! 'Chiefs of Namsan' is actually the real title of the movie in Korean, from the same title of the book it's based on. The Man Standing Next is the English title for the international release. At the movie thread I used the two names together so that fans would know.. just like Ashfall (in English, international release) when the actual Korean title is Baekdusan or Mount Baekdu.

 

Thanks so much for cool info about Netflix, if it's shown, many more will be able to watch the movie. So far, no dates have been released for TMSN screening outside Korea.. oh, except a couple in selected location in US.

 

Hope you'll have a great Lunar New Year celebration, too! :blush:

 

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Source: KoBiz

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movie1.gif Watch the ep.994 here, LBH mentioned at 18:52 - 20:20 time-mark.

 

January 23, 2020


Section TV 20 Years Awards

Top Sectionista Lee Byung Hun, 1st place with 128 appearances

 

Source: HeraldPop

 

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The celebrities who appeared the most in Section TV's 'Regular Star' segment.

 

1. Lee Byung Hun (128 times)

 

Lee Byung Hun's first appearance on Section TV when he was enlisting for his military service. 

 

2. Kwan Sang Woo (106 times)

3. Ha Ji Won (68 times)

4. Lee Jung Jae and Son Ye Jin (49 times each)

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2 hours ago, rubie said:

Hi @irilight, so good to see you back! 'Chiefs of Namsan' is actually the real title of the movie in Korean, from the same title of the book it's based on. The Man Standing Next is the English title for the international release. At the movie thread I used the two names together so that fans would know.. just like Ashfall (in English, international release) when the actual Korean title is Baekdusan or Mount Baekdu.

ah.. thank you @rubie for both illumination an welcome message.

I did go and see "Ashfall"  this week. It was playing in a theater in a little town just south of me.

Disaster is not my favorite genre, but of course I had to see it.  I thought the cinematography was awesome, but because I do not like this genre, I felt it was a bit long and could have been edited shorter to make it a better film (for me.)

BUT - having said that, I have to say Lee Byung-Hun is simply mesmerizing in his performance.  He takes acting to a new level height we do not often see. He commands the screen in each scene he is in, even in small seemingly small scenes.

There was a scene in which he stole from Ha Jung-Woo's character some candies.  The candy is sour at first, then turn sweet.  Lee Byung-Hun's facial expressions matched this scenario perfectly... Simply amazing.


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January 25, 2020

 

January Movie Star Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

 

Source: Soompi by J. Lim

 

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January Movie Star Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed


The Korean Business Research Institute has revealed the brand reputation rankings for film actors for the month of January!

 

The rankings were determined through an analysis of the consumer participation, media coverage, interaction, and community awareness indexes of 50 popular movie stars, using big data collected from December 27 to January 24.

 

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In first place was Kwon Sang Woo with a total brand reputation index of 6,005,824. High-ranking phrases in the actor’s keyword analysis included “Hitman: Agent Jun,” “Son Tae Young,” and “Jung Joon Ho,” while his highest-ranking related terms included “Comical,” “Fun,” and “Promise.”

 

In second place was Ahn Jae Hong with 5,706,571 and in third was Han Suk Kyu with a brand reputation index of 5,089,631.

 

 

Check out the top 30 for January below!

 

1. Kwon Sang Woo
2. Ahn Jae Hong
3. Han Suk Kyu
4. Lee Byung Hun
5. Kang Sora
6. Gong Yoo
7. Ha Jung Woo
8. Jung Joon Ho
9. Jung Hae In
10. Park Young Gyu
11. Hwang Woo Seul Hye
12. Lee Hee Joon
13. Lee Sung Min
14. Song Kang Ho
15. Jeon Yeo Bin
16. Jo Yeo Jeong
17. Ma Dong Seok
18. Kim Seo Hyung
19. Lee Yi Kyung
20. Kim Nam Gil
21. Lee Jung Eun
22. Moon So Ri
23. Han Ji Min
24. Jang Hye Jin
25. Honey Lee
26. Jo Jung Suk
27. Park Seo Joon
28. Kim Hee Won
29. Park Bo Young
30. Lee Sun Gyun


Source (1) // Showbox

 

Hit by Lee Byung-hun
Lying on the ground :lol:
Have a Happy New Year! 

 

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January 26, 2020

 

Lee Byung Hun’s Film “The Man Standing Next” Surpasses 2 Million Moviegoers At Impressive Speed


Source: Soompi by E. Cha  // Showbox

 

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Lee Byung Hun’s new film “The Man Standing Next” is proving to be a box office hit!

 

In the wee hours of January 26 KST, “The Man Standing Next” officially surpassed 2 million moviegoers at the box office. The film was originally released on January 22, meaning that it took the movie just five days to reach the milestone—and that it hit the 2 million mark faster than the smash success “1987,” which ultimately drew an impressive total of over 7.2 million moviegoers.

 

Notably, “The Man Standing Next” reached 1 million moviegoers on January 24, which means that the movie took less than two days to bring in another million viewers.

 

Based on the nonfiction bestseller “Chiefs of Namsan,” “The Man Standing Next” tells the story of the Director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) in the period leading up to President Park Chung Hee’s assassination in 1979.

 

Congratulations to the film’s cast and crew!

 

Source (1) // Naver photos

 

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On 1/22/2020 at 11:00 PM, rubie said:

@closetserialaddict, LBH has always been an attractive and sexy individual. Not just in his dramas and movies with undeniable screen presence & charisma, he knows how to project his persona.

 

Regarding IRIS, he (his character) was rather goofy, curly-haired but manly in the earlier episodes. Only after he was betrayed and set as traitor/target, his charismatic persona came through.. especially in Akita, the second time and all the way. Probably it's the hairstyle, too. :P

 

For me, he's most sexy in I Saw The Devil, the tormented angry agent with the sweeping high-kick. He was mostly in suits, turtleneck sweaters or dark clothing but those did not hide his physical attractiveness, not one bit. no2.gif

 

He's already 50, by Korean age, but this man still looks many years younger.

 

Source: W Korea // YKYfVIGVPxvNhoi
 

 

I didn't realise his hair was curly in Iris! Hahaha.. that' a big no-no for me.. I just like how brawny and sinewy he looked! 

haha.. he truly has great screen presence.

 

I can't wait for The Man Standing Next to hit SG big screen.. 

 

Happy Lunar New Year, btw! :D

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Wow.. THE MAN STANDING NEXT is moving super fast. Seriously, the movie's tickets sold is no joke. no2.gif At Day 5,  it' already garnering 2.6 million audience admission with more than 770K moviegoers watching it today. The word-of-mouth is really strong due to the nation's topic and particularly the impressive acting by the cast. Fighting TMSN!

 

ASHFALL was once out of the Top Ten (at #11) but this weekend it went back in alternating at number 9 and 10. :lol:The movie celebrated Christmas (last year) and now Seollal at the Korean box office with accumulated 8.24 million admission. Quite a feat, and not bad at all. Well done!

 

Source: k.dong.g_98

 

Another Life Act of Actor Lee Byung Hun !! 
The role that the actor plays in the film is perfect.

History Learning through Films (1979.10.26)

 

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January 26, 2020

 

New Year's film "The Man Standing Next” only Lee Byung Hun can surpass Lee Byung Hun (a translation)

 

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The Korean New Year's movie “The Man Standing Next” portrayed the event that happened on October 26, which is well known to all Koreans. Instead of presenting the event itself, the event was uncovered using the psychology of the characters .

 

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The movie  “The Man Standing Next”  depicted the Director of  the Korean Central Intelligence Agency  (portrayed by Lee Byung Hun) who was considered the second post powerful man in 1979.  It revealed the story of the 40 days before the assassination of the President of the Republic of Korea.  Woo Min Ho, Director of the movie “Inside Men “  and Lee Byung Hun collaborated once again.  This film is based on a theme that has been serialized in the The Dong -a libo for two years and two months since 1990. The non-fiction best-selling novel of the same name is an adaptation of the original, picking out and magnifying the most dramatic events in the original novel, the main focus being  assassination incident on October 26.

 

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The most important event in the modern history of South Korea was the assasination of President Park Jung Hee. During the 40 days prior to the event, the movie calmly recorded how a loyal heart changed to the sound of a bullet.  From the beginning to the end, the audience were made to maintain a high degree of tension.  It was a great psychological warfare work, but it was not heavy.  As the situation unfolds, there were still sudden laughs and a lot of resonance.

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Not only that, the large-scale shooting of locations in the United States and France also allowed the film to show a deeper sense of reality on the big screen, allowing viewers to be highly engaged in the plot. The main actors Lee Byung Hun, Lee Sung Min, Kwak Do Won and Lee Hee Jun are all convincing actors of Chungmuro, a very strong cast line up.  .

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Lee Byung Hun surpassed Lee Byung Hun once again.   He continued to accumulate emotions in this role presentation. Even if he did nothing, through close-up of the camera lens, his eyes, smiles and other subtle expressions delicately conveyed the emotions of the character.  This time he performed  an actual character, and he was worried that he would distort the original facts, but everyone can still see Lee’s impromptu performance in the movie

 

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When Lee Sung Min appeared on the stage, he looked like President Park Jung Hee, with perfect interpretation of gestures and tones. Kwak Do Won expressed his character's uneasiness, thoughts, resentment, etc. in different ways. Lee Hee Jun gained 25 kg for this role, and also showed what everyone has never seen. Several great actors playing on the same stage would be one of the highlights of this movie.

 

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The director said:  "Although this is an event that many people are aware, the group of people at the center of the event still have an unknown side to their psychology and relationship. I want to explore it further.”  Even though this is a political movie,  the director also worked very hard to eliminate political overtones.  “The Man Standing Next “ was released in South Korea on January  22.

 

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Source:  https://www.koreastardaily.com/sc/news/123788

 

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January 27, 2020

 

“The Man Standing Next” Quickly Surpasses 3 Million Moviegoers In Impressive Speed


Source: Soompi by J. Lim

 

“The Man Standing Next” Quickly Surpasses 3 Million Moviegoers In Impressive Speed


Lee Byung Hun‘s new film “The Man Standing Next” continues to soar!

 

According to the Korean Film Council, “The Man Standing Next” surpassed three million moviegoers on January 27, on the sixth day of its release. This came after the film hit the two million moviegoer milestone the day before on January 26, and puts the film on par with other box office hits such as “Ashfall,” “Veteran,” and “The Thieves.”

 

In celebration of the milestone, Lee Byung Hun, Lee Sung Min, Kwak Do Won, Lee Hee Joon, and director Woo Min Ho gathered to express their gratitude to moviegoers.

 

Congratulations to “The Man Standing Next”!

 

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Rising child actress #KimSiAh on acting in movie #ASHFALL n wth veteran actors like Lee Byung hun, Han Ji-min n Ha Jung-woo. She played LBH & JDY's daughter Soon-ok in Ashfall.

Her next movie "Closet" is set to release in February. Good luck Soon-ok.

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Review: “The Man Standing Next” Stars Lee Byung-hun As Park Chung-hee’s Assassin

"The Man Standing Next" re-interprets Korean President Park Chung-hee's assassination using elements of Shakespearean tragedy

By Anthony Kao, 27 Jan 20 06:27 UTC

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To some, he’s a brutal dictator. To others, he’s a bringer of prosperity. Even today, former President Park Chung-hee remains one of South Korea’s most polarizing figures. After seizing power in a 1961 coup, Park ruled South Korea with an iron fist until his assassination on October 26, 1979.
 

Korean blockbuster The Man Standing Next dramatizes the 40 days leading up to this assassination. The film stars heartthrob actor Lee Byung-hun as a character closely modeled after Kim Jae-gyu, chief of South Korea’s intelligence agency (the KCIA) and the man who killed Park Chung-hee on that fateful October night. In real life, Kim’s legacy is as divisive as Park’s—some think he killed Park out of selfish anger, while others believe he was tired of Park’s authoritarianism and wanted political change. We’ll never know for sure, especially given South Korea’s military executed Kim soon after the assassination.
 

The Man Standing Next exploits this murkiness to reinterpret Kim through the lens of a Shakespearean tragic hero, as a flawed man suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous political fortune. It’s an approach that aptly leverages Lee Byung-hun’s acting prowess and offers a rigorous retelling of events, but results in an overloaded narrative that caters to history buffs at the slight expense of casual viewers and cinephiles.

 

Meet Director Kim

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As its title sequence reveals, The Man Standing Next draws from a non-fiction book called “Chiefs of Namsan,” which traces the KCIA’s history leading up to the assassination (Namsan is a metonym for the KCIA, which was headquartered in Seoul’s Namsan neighborhood). Despite this realistic foundation, The Man Standing Next chooses to mask historical figures by creating fictional character analogues, perhaps in fear of defamation lawsuits.
 

In the film, Lee Byung-hun plays KCIA Director Kim Kyu-pyeong—modeled after the real-life Kim Jae-gyu. Director Kim is old friends with “President Park” (no first name given), and seen as a potential successor (i.e. the “man standing next”) given the KCIA’s powerful status. However, the Director Kim we see onscreen doesn’t feel like a powerful spy chief. Instead, he’s a man plagued with indecision, toggling between ruthlessness and righteousness as external competition closes in.
 

That competition comes in the form of Presidential Chief Bodyguard Kwak Sang-cheon, an analog for the real-life Cha Ji-chul (who Kim Jae-gyu killed alongside Park). Chief Kwak has cozied up to President Park, and begun pushing Director Kim out of Park’s inner circle with aspirations to be the new “man standing next.” In dire straits, Director Kim must regain favor with President Park by dealing with a former KCIA director who’s fled to America and started to reveal secrets about Park’s regime (modeled after the real-life Kim Hyong-uk). Meanwhile, Director Kim also discovers the existence—but not identity—of a shadowy figure codenamed “Iago” who might’ve already outflanked both him and Cha as “man standing next.”

Regicidal Tragedy

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Those who’ve studied Shakespeare might recognize Iago as the heinous villain in Othello—a tragedy replete with jealousy, betrayal, and political struggles. While The Man Standing Next doesn’t directly adapt Othello, it takes general inspiration from Shakespearean tragedy. Director Kim is a classic tragic hero, racked with both internal and external conflict—and destined to die. As the British Library describes, a tragic hero “becomes a stranger in a world where they had once felt at home, and a stranger to the person that they used to be or thought they were.”
 

Lee Byung-hun’s performance as Director Kim deserves praise for portraying the former part of that description. Through the pained facial expressions and body language that he cultivated through past works like A Bittersweet Life, Lee shows Director Kim’s increasing alienation amidst political struggles. However, The Man Standing Next’s complex plot prevents us from seeing a clear contrast between Kim at the film’s end and beginning; he starts off already sidelined, and just gets more alienated as the story progresses.
 

This plot complexity comes from a desire for historical rigor. To comprehensively depict all the factors leading up to Park’s assassination, the film travels to Washington and Paris, shows American meddling, mentions the Koreagate scandal, and halfheartedly depicts General Chun Doo-hwan as the mysterious “Iago.” While this might please history buffs, it dilutes the focus on Kim as a tragic hero and makes The Man Standing Next somewhat less compelling for viewers and critics who care more about dramatic storytelling.

 

From Tragedy to Historiography

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If you’re a history buff though, there’s even more reason to appreciate The Man Standing Next. Beyond offering a comprehensive retelling of events, the film is also an interesting datapoint for historiography around Park Chung-hee’s assassination.
 

The Man Standing Next is not the first movie about Park’s assassination; that designation goes to the superb 2005 black comedy The President’s Last Bang. While The President’s Last Bang also centers on Kim Jae-gyu, it depicts him as a puffed-up fool who can’t properly defecate, much less seize power after assassinating the President.
 

Kim gets a far more sympathetic portrayal in The Man Standing Next. He might be tragic, but he’s still a hero—he opposes President Park and the Chief Presidential Bodyguard’s plans to violently suppress pro-democracy demonstrations, and reacts with disdain when the Chief remarks “Cambodia killed three million people, is it such a big deal if we kill one or two million?” Casting Lee Byung-hun, one of Korea’s most handsome actors, certainly doesn’t hurt Kim’s image either.
 

Since 2005, Park Chung-hee’s legacy has taken a nosedive after his daughter Park Geun-hye was impeached after winning the presidency. Correspondingly, Kim Jae-gyu’s reputation has enjoyed an upswing—especially among South Korea’s liberals. In the wake of Park Geun-hye’s impeachment, many in Korea made pilgrimages to Kim’s grave and even helped crowdfund a journalistic reassessment of Kim’s actions. Today’s political environment is certainly more conducive for a movie like The Man Standing Next. 

 

Narrative complexity aside, as long as South Korean democracy lives, The Man Standing Next will likely remain in the country’s public discourse. The movie enjoyed great audience reception upon its premiere, and we can only hope that it sparks rich political discussions that lead to more films that examine modern Korean history.

 


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The Man Standing Next (Korean: 남산의 부장들)—South Korea. Dialog in Korean. Directed by Woo Min-ho. First released January 22, 2020. Running time 1hr 54min. Starring Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min, Kwak Do-won, Lee Hee-joon.

The Man Standing Next is currently screening in South Korea and at CGV Cinemas in the Los Angeles area.

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@peonie, and @rubie -  thank you for the translations.   Makes my anticipation in watching this film even greater.

What a great

On 1/26/2020 at 8:41 AM, peonie said:

only Lee Byung Hun can surpass Lee Byung Hun

So very true.....  He never ceases to amaze me.  I watch films with him that are not "my genre" and all I can do is immerse myself because of his performances.
 

 

7 hours ago, rubie said:

Rising child actress #KimSiAh on acting in movie #ASHFALL n wth veteran actors like Lee Byung hun, Han Ji-min n Ha Jung-woo. She played LBH & JDY's daughter Soon-ok in Ashfall.

Her next movie "Closet" is set to release in February


That child actress - Kim Shin-Ah -  is good.  I have seen her also in the movie "Miss Baek." I also heard many good opinions of her other film "The House of Us."

But is she really the child actress in "Closet?" According to AsianWiki the child actress in "Closet" is Heo Yool. I have seen her previously in Kdrama "Mother."

Nonetheless, it is such a great opportunity for her to have filmed with Lee Byung-Hun!

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January 28, 2020

 

{Review: “The Man Standing Next” Stars Lee Byung-hun As Park Chung-hee’s Assassin

"The Man Standing Next" re-interprets Korean President Park Chung-hee's assassination using elements of Shakespearean tragedy

By Anthony Kao, 27 Jan 20 06:27 UTC}

 

Thank you  @irilightfor posting the well written review.  The audience must like the movie immensely  as there are 2 new  Korean movies showing at the same time.

 

With respect to the child actress Kim Shih Ah,    I have read somewhere that Byung Hun-ssi thought highly of this child actress  saying that a star is born.   He also regretted that some additional scenes with Kim were not shown in the final cut of the movie. 

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A previous photo update highlighting TMSN press event. We can't agree more with the title, absolutely true isn't it! :D

 

January 23, 2020

 

Lee Byung Hun ‘Great Actor we can trust in picking Movies’

 

Source: BNTNews

 

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[by Baek Soo Yeon] Actor Lee Byung Hun is having a photo session at the press preview for the movie ‘The Man Standing Next’ at CGV Yongsan I Park Mall in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, on Saturday Afternoon.

 

‘Man Standing Next’ is a movie portraying the 40days of story surrounding the director of Central Intelligence (Lee Byung Hun) before the Korean President’s assassination happened in 1979 it is opening on the 22nd

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16 hours ago, peonie said:

With respect to the child actress Kim Shih Ah,    I have read somewhere that Byung Hun-ssi thought highly of this child actress  saying that a star is born.   He also regretted that some additional scenes with Kim were not shown in the final cut of the movie

@peonie, ah.. good to know... I am eager to see more material with her.
I did not feel there was enough with her in "Ashfall" for me to form an opinion.

 

 

10 hours ago, rubie said:

A previous photo update highlighting TMSN press event. We can't agree more with the title, absolutely true isn't it!

@rubie,haha.. absolutely....

I hope same holds true for the possible upcoming Drama.... Somehow, I cannot get excited over it...  I hope it is as good as he thinks it would be.

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Park Chung-hee Assassination Film Proves Box Office Gold

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Actor Lee Byung-hun's latest film "The Man Standing Next" has attracted more than 3 million moviegoers.
 

According to the Korean Film Council, the film topped the box office over the Lunar New Year holiday with some 621,397 people watching the film on Monday alone.

The film is based on the assassination of strongman Park Chung-hee by his own intelligence chief after a heavy drinking session in 1979.
 

It imagines a 40-day power struggle among spy agency chiefs to suggest the mysterious motives behind the killing.
 

Ticket sales were given a boost by boy band BTS who watched a special screening of the film in Los Angeles, where they were attending the Grammy Awards.

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"The Man Standing Next" is directed by Woo Min-ho, and features Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min, Kwak Do-won, Lee Hee-joon, Kim So-jin, Kim Myung-sun. Release date in Korea: 2020/01/22.


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