Assassins

Assassins

USA | 2019 | 107 min. | Ryan White

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True crime meets global spy thriller in this gripping account of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader. The film follows the trial of the two female assassins, probing the question: were the women trained killers or innocent pawns of North Korea?

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The mysterious murder of North Korean royal family member, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia sparks a captivating global investigation. At the center of the story, two women are on trial for the murder. Are the women ruthless assassins or political pawns in a twisted game? The investigation goes far beyond the headlines, probing further into each woman’s upbringing, one in rural Indonesia and one in Vietnam, and, ultimately, what led them to participate in an alleged prank show that ended with Kim Jong-nam dead. Assassins questions every angle of this murder case, from human trafficking, to high-level political espionage, to the inner dynamics of the North Korean royal family. A suspenseful, heart-wrenching exploration of a vital story of the moment, and equal parts rigorous investigation and empathetic portrait, Assassins shines a light on the global ramifications of this case and the life at stake for two young women in a dangerous plot.

  • Director: Ryan White
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 107 min.
  • Producer: Jessica Hargrave, Ryan White
  • Cinematographers: John Benam
  • Editors: Helen Kearns
  • Music: Blake Neely
  • Language: English, Indonesian, Malay, Vietnamese