The Man Standing Next

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The Man Standing Next
The Man Standing Next movie poster, Jan 2020.jpg
South Korean theatrical release poster
남산의 부장들
Directed byWoo Min-ho
StarringLee Byung-hun

Lee Sung-min

Kwak Do-won
Distributed byShowbox
Release date
22 January 2020
Running time
114 min
Box office$32,893,764[1]

The Man Standing Next (Korean: 남산의 부장들; RR: nam-san-eui bu-jang-deul) is a 2020 political drama film, based on an original novel of the same title, directed by Woo Min-ho. The film stars Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min, Kwak Do-won, and Lee Hee-joon as the high ranking officials of the Korean government and the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) during the presidency of Park Chung-hee 40 days before his assassination in 1979.[2]

The film premiered in South Korea on 22 January 2020, where it topped the box office until 4 February 2020.[3][4][5][6] It is released in the United States on 24 January 2020.[7]


In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of President Park who controls the KCIA, the organization with an edge over any branch of government. The director of the KCIA, Kim Gyu-pyeong, is a shoo-in for second-in-command. In the midst of a reign of fear, a former KCIA director, Park Yong-gak, who knows all about the government's obscure and illegal operations, is exiled to the U.S., where he opens the floodgates to the investigation of Koreagate. As tension escalates, stifling political maneuvers by those desiring power collide explosively.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2020 25th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Director Woo Min-ho Pending [9]
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Pending
Best Supporting Actor Lee Sung-min Pending
Lee Hee-joon Pending
Best Supporting Actress Kim So-jin Pending
56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Film The Man Standing Next Pending [10]
Best Director Woo Min-ho Pending
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Pending
Best Screenplay Woo Min-ho & Lee Ji-min Pending
Technical Award Kim Seo-hee (Makeup and Hair) Pending


  1. ^ "The Man Standing Next (2020)". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  2. ^ "The Man Standing Next". The Film Catalogue. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  3. ^ Kil, Sonia; Kil, Sonia (28 January 2020). "Korea Box Office: 'Man Standing Next' Dominates Holiday Weekend With $25 Million Haul". Variety. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
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  7. ^ "The Man Standing Next". Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  8. ^ Yoon, Min-sik. "'The Man Standing Next' a film about final weeks leading to dictator's death". Korean Herald. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  9. ^ Park, Ah-reum (9 March 2020). "'엑시트' 개최 연기 춘사영화제 6개 부문 최다 노미네이트" [Held 'Exit' Acting Chunsa Film Festival's 6 Nominations]. Newsen (in Korean). Archived from the original on 11 May 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020 – via Naver.
  10. ^ MacDonald, Joan (8 May 2020). "Baeksang Arts Awards Announces Nominees And Plans To Proceed Without An Audience". Forbes. Archived from the original on 10 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.

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