TRUST NO ONE
South Korea, 2018
137 minutes, Color
With recent events involving the Korean peninsula, this film could not be more timely. It is based on the true story of "Black Venus," a South Korean intelligence agent who infiltrated the very top of North Korea's political regime in the 1990s to spy on illegal nuclear activity. When rising military officer Park Suk-young is tasked with this dangerous mission, his first order is to ruin his reputation. He becomes a drunk and a gambler and gets kicked out of the service. When he appears in the Beijing offices of North Korean officials as an anything-goes businessman, they fall for his ploy. Ultimately, his plan hinges on convincing dictator Kim Jong-il to create television advertising campaigns, which would provide cover for increasing North Korea's nuclear production. But the tale also involves election meddling, pre-arranged armed provocations to sway public opinion, and duplicity on both sides of the border. —Dave Nuttycombe
In Korean with English subtitles
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