Park Chung-hee Assassination Film Proves Box Office Gold

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.


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