Saturday, May 23, 2020
The Man Standing Next (2020) hits home video May 26
I am kind of unsure how to react to THE MAN STANDING NEXT. On it's own it is a solid political drama or thriller that ends in a political assassination. I had a really good time watching it but often felt a bit lost. I didn't have a firm handle on the actual events, with my memories of Koreagate being a tad vague despite following it when it was going down. I had the sense that had I better handle on the history I would have liked it more.
When I finished the film I went back and read about the actual events. While I didn't grasp everything, knowing about how Park came to power, the steps he took to remain in power and all of the events in the decade prior to the killing put things in a new light. I appreciated the the film more because I understood the reference to what was happening and had happened. I think knowing Korean history makes it a better film. It also explains why this was is one of Korea's top films at the box office this year.
However even not knowing all the details this is a solid thriller. Its an edge of your seat tale that makes you wonder what is going to happen next.