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The Man Standing Next (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Postcard Cover + Special Postcard) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lee Byung Hun | Kwak Do Won (Actor) | Woo Min Ho (Director) | Lee Sung Min (Actor)
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Based on the same-titled best-selling novel, Inside Men director Woo Min Ho's political drama The Man Standing Next rewinds back to 40 days before the assassination of South Korean president Park Chung Hee in 1979. Winning Best Actor at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards and the 25th Chunsa Film Art Awards, Lee Byung Hun (Ashfall) portrays a high-ranking government official based on the real-life figure Kim Jae Gyu. Baeksang Best Supporting Actor winner Lee Sung Min (The Spy Gone North) plays Park Chung Hee while Kwak Do Won (The Wailing) and Lee Hee Joon (Another Child) portray key players of the administration.

In the 1970s, South Korea is under the authoritarian power of President Park (Lee Sung Min), who also has control over the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA). Kim Gyu Pyeong (Lee Byung Hun), the director of the KCIA and the President's right-hand man, is tasked to stop the exiled former KCIA director (Kwak Do Won) from exposing the Koreagate scandal in the U.S. In the meantime, a political power struggle brews in Korea as citizens rise in protest and the head of the President's security team (Lee Hee Joon) makes increasingly aggressive power moves.

This edition comes with a postcard set and special features including commentary, making film, deleted scenes, trailers and a video about the background history.

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Product Title: The Man Standing Next (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Postcard Cover + Special Postcard) (Korea Version) The Man Standing Next (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Postcard Cover + Special Postcard) (韓國版) The Man Standing Next (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Postcard Cover + Special Postcard) (韩国版) The Man Standing Next (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Postcard Cover + Special Postcard) (Korea Version) 남산의 부장들 (블루레이) (풀슬립 아웃케이스 + 엽서커버 + 스페셜엽서) (한국판)
Also known as: 南山的部長們 南山的部长们
Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun | Kwak Do Won (Actor) | Lee Sung Min (Actor) | Lee Hee Joon (Actor) | Kim So Jin (Actor) 李秉憲 | 郭道遠 (Actor) | 李聖旻 (Actor) | 李熙俊 (Actor) | Kim So Jin (Actor) 李秉宪 | 郭道远 (Actor) | 李圣旻 (Actor) | 李熙俊 (Actor) | Kim So Jin (Actor) イ・ビョンホン | クァク・ドウォン (Actor) | イ・ソンミン (Actor) | イ・ヒジュン (Actor) | Kim So Jin (Actor) 이 병헌 | 곽 도원 (Actor) | 이성민 (Actor) | 이희준 (Actor) | 김소진 (Actor)
Director: Woo Min Ho 吳明河 吴明河 ウ・ミンホ 우민호
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2020-09-21
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: LPCM, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: Injoingan
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1094854080

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남산의 부장들 (블루레이) (풀슬립 아웃케이스 + 엽서커버 + 스페셜엽서) (한국판)

*Sound mix:
한국어 DTS-HD MA 5.1
한국어 LPCM 2.0
*Screen format:1080p HD, H.264/AVC, 1.85:1
*Extras:
Commentary by. 감독 우민호, 이병헌, 이성민, 곽도원, 이희준, 김소진
메이킹 필름 (약 42분)
삭제장면 (약 3분)
인터내셔널 예고편
2차 예고편
WHY 히스토리텔링 영상
열연영상


*Director:우민호

-패키지 구성
1)풀슬립 아웃케이스 + 1DISC + 엽서커버 + 스페셜엽서 5종(인쇄 친필싸인)
2)렌티큘러 아웃케이스 + 1DISC + 엽서커버 +스페셜엽서 5종(인쇄 친필싸인)

-감독 우민호, 이벙헌, 이성민, 곽도원, 이희준, 김소진 음성 코멘터리 수록!

-국내 세트와 해외 로케이션 촬영 현장 그리고 감독과 배우들이 함께 소통하며 만들어낸 그날의 이야기를 담은 약 40분 분량의 메이킹 수록!!

-어디에도 공개되지 않은 오프닝과 엔딩 삭제씬 수록!!!

-제 56회 백상예술대상 예술상 수상



Synopsis
“각하, 제가 어떻게 하길 원하십니까”
1979년 10월 26일, 중앙정보부장 김규평(이병헌)이 대한민국 대통령을 암살한다.
이 사건의 40일전, 미국에서는 전 중앙정보부장 박용각(곽도원)이
청문회를 통해 전 세계에 정권의 실체를 고발하며 파란을 일으킨다.
그를 막기 위해 중앙정보부장 김규평과 경호실장 곽상천(이희준)이 나서고,
대통령 주변에는 충성 세력과 반대 세력들이 뒤섞이기 시작하는데…

흔들린 충성, 그 날의 총성

-패키지 구성
1)풀슬립 아웃케이스 + 1DISC + 엽서커버 + 스페셜엽서 5종(인쇄 친필싸인)
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Professional Review of "The Man Standing Next (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Postcard Cover + Special Postcard) (Korea Version)"

July 31, 2020

This professional review refers to The Man Standing Next (DVD) (Korea Version)
One of the defining events of modern Korean political history, the assassination of president Park Chung Hee in 1979 was dramatized in detail in Im Sang Soo's The President's Last Bang. Fifteen years after that controversial film, Inside Men director Woo Min Ho covers the incident from another perspective with The Man Standing Next, based on a nonfiction novel about the most powerful figures in Park's regime that was serialized in a newspaper from 1990 to 1992. Woo reimagines the story of the assassination as a captivating John le Carré-esque spy drama about the feuds and betrayals that ultimately led to Kim Jae Gyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), committing his lethal coup d'état.

While The President's Last Bang mostly takes place on the night of the assassination, The Man Standing Next covers the 40-day period before the event. In Woo's partially fictionalized narrative, the film begins with former KCIA director Park Yong Gak (based on Kim Hyong Uk) testifying in the US Senate about human right abuses under the Park regime. Having served alongside Park Yong Gak in the army, Kim Gyu Pyeong (based on Kim Jae Gyu) finds himself in a precarious position as President Park begins to shift his trust to Gwak (Lee Hee Joon), Chief of Security Service and a man infamous for his short fuse.

After letting his ambitions get the better of him on The Drug King, Woo and his co-writer Lee Ji Min build a tight narrative for The Man Standing Next. With little surprise in the story – anyone can find out what happens with a quick read on Wikipedia – Woo frames the film as a slow-burn, no-nonsense character study about how Kim is pushed to the brink by pressure from the American government, his exiled former brother-in-arms and disagreements over how the government should handle a prolonged pro-democracy demonstration in Busan. The film takes its time to set up all the players in the story, but the viewers' patience pays off when the conflicts come to a head in the second half of the film.

As one can expect from the story, the film is carried by a mostly male cast. Superstar Lee Byung Hun (who also starred in Woo's Inside Men) gives a masterclass in controlled acting as the stoic KCIA chief. A man who uses his cold exterior as his defense mechanism, Kim is an intentionally enigmatic figure throughout, but Lee is also great at showing cracks in the façade, particularly in a fantastic confrontation scene between Kim and Gwak. Playing President Park as a paranoid, conniving and wickedly passive-aggressive power figure who treats his underlings like expendable pawns, Lee Sung Min is equally outstanding and engrossing to watch.

A toxic workplace drama set in a high-stakes environment, The Man Standing Next is both an antithesis and a great companion piece to The President's Last Bang. While Im finds very dark absurdist humor in his detailed depiction of the incident and its outcome, Woo goes for a serious examination of men corrupted by their own power and ego. Both films are equally compelling and essential for those who are interested in the mystery surrounding Park's assassination, but Woo's solid direction and his excellent cast should place The Man Standing Next on the top of your to-watch list.

by Kevin Ma

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