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: Namsanui bujangdeul; literally Chiefs of Namsan) is a 2020 South Korean political drama film directed by Woo Min-ho. Based on an original novel of the same title, 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 was 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.



Critical reception[edit]

The Man Standing Next holds a 75% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 8 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.88/10.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2020 25th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Director Woo Min-ho Nominated [10][11]
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
Best Supporting Actor Lee Sung-min Won
Lee Hee-joon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim So-jin Nominated
56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Film The Man Standing Next Nominated [12][13]
Best Director Woo Min-ho Nominated
Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won
Best Screenplay Woo Min-ho & Lee Ji-min Nominated
Technical Award Kim Seo-hee (Makeup and Hair) Won


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  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. ^ "THE MAN STANDING NEXT". Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Park, Ah-reum (19 June 2020). "'춘사영화제' 이영애X이병헌X'봉오동 전투' 최고 영예 감격(종합)". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ MacDonald, Joan (5 June 2020). "2020 Baeksang Arts Awards Honor The Best Korean Dramas And Films". Forbes. Archived from the original on 5 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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