Movies like The Spy Gone North

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The Spy Gone North (2018)
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The Spy Gone North (2018)
Original name: 공작
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In 1993, former military officer Suk-young Park is recruited as a spy by South Korea's National Intelligence Service, and given the code name "Black Venus". He is then sent to infiltrate a group of high-ranking North Korean officials based in Beijing, with the ultimate goal of acquiring information on the North's nuclear program. After becoming close to Myong-un Ri, a key power broker, Black Venus succeeds beyond his wildest dreams of gaining the trust of North Korea's leadership. But political machinations on both sides of the border threaten to derail his accomplishments
Plot: undercover agent, political corruption, nuclear threat, political campaign, dog, airplane, agent, spy, military, businessman, president, cold war, intelligence, dictator, bowling, boat, chinese, top secret, korean, double agent, dictatorship, operation, nuclear, mission, interrogation ...
Time: 1990s, 2000s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1993
Place: north korea, south korea, seoul, china, asia, korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and bleak films with plots about dishonesty, friendship, murder, unfulfillment, friends, hopes and love and romance mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like The Spy Gone North: The Taebaek Mountains (1994), The Net (2016), 1987: When the Day Comes (2017), Dance Town (2010), A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Taebaek Mountains (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 168 min.
Story: The film originates from the great river story Taebaegsanmaek consisting of 10 volumes and is written by Cho Jeongrae. The story tries to describe and reveal a few generations-lasting conflicts between the haves (proprietors) and have-nots ...
Plot: korean, leftist, korean war
Time: 1940s, 1950s
Place: north korea, south korea, asia, korea
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The Net (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A poor North Korean fisherman finds himself an accidental defector, and is groomed to be a spy by an ambitious South Korean military officer.
Plot: politics, human rights, capitalism, breakdown, husband wife relationship, money, spy, military, murder, breakfast, prostitute, shower ...
Place: seoul, korea, north korea, south korea
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95%
1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is ...
Plot: protest, communism, student protest, military dictatorship, democracy, historical event, police brutality, interrogation, cover up, torture, political corruption, anti communist
Place: south korea, seoul
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Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A corrupted customs officer, Choi Ik-hyeon, faces losing his job. Then, his life turns around as he meets ganster Choi Hyeong-bae who has connection with the Yakuza. They quickly form a partnetship; Hyeong-bae helps Ik-hyeon set up a business with ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious
Plot: police, disorder, dishonesty, rise to the top, unfulfillment, gangsters, unlikely criminals, crime, crimes, rise and fall, urban, gang war ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: asia, korea, seaport, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Dance Town (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A North Korean refugee, Jung-Nim, is trying to find a new life in South Korea, with people suspecting that she is a spy.
Style: gloomy, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: society, misfit, starting over, social differences, injustice, dishonesty, political corruption, couples, human nature, hopes, forceful separation, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, north korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bored, horny, and frustrated, a woman begins an affair with a teenage boy.
Style: serious, atmospheric, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: couples, family life, dishonesty, family relations, sexual relations, love affair, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, crumbling marriage, infidelity, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
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61%
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Night and Day (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Kim Seong-nam travels to Paris to escape an arrest, leaving his wife behind in Korea. After he arrives, he meets an ex-girlfriend and is introduced to a small community of Korean artists.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: lovers reunited, starting over, social relations, interracial relations, unfulfillment, fish out of water, culture clash, city, foreigner, expatriate, exile, painting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, seoul, paris france, north korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Northern Limit Line (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The movies follows the incident knows as the second battle of Yeonpyeong which happened in 2002.
Plot: navy, sea, korean
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Secret Sunshine (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Sin-ae moves with her son Jun to Miryang, the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to come to herself and set out on new foundations, another tragic event overturns her life.
Style: psychological, gloomy, bleak, serious, realistic
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Time: contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
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51%
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Commitment (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The son of a North Korean spy decides to follow in his father's footsteps to protect his little sister. After his father’s botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-hoon and his young sister Hye-in are sent to a labor prison camp. In ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: bullying, assassin, motorcycle, track down, deadly, high school life, youth, danger, secret agents, young heroes, heroes, espionage ...
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48%
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Crocodile (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Crocodile is a 1996 South Korean film. It was the directorial debut of Ki-duk Kim and stars Cho Jae-hyun as "Crocodile".The film tells the story of a man living at the edge of the Han River in Seoul, who saves a woman trying to commit ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, rough, serious
Plot: suicide, betrayal, friends, life is a bitch, mute or deaf, misfit, friendship, homosexual rape, street vendor, homelessness, poverty, attempted rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Brand New Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young Jinhee is taken by her father to an orphanage near Seoul. He leaves her there never to return, and she struggles to come to grips with her fate. Jinhee desperately believes her father will come back for her and take her on a trip. The film is ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, nun, family relations, dysfunctional family, hopes, parents and children, coming of age, youth, family problems, innocence lost, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: korea, seoul, asia
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48%
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New World (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, brutal, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, working undercover, undercover cop, criminal gang, moral dilemma, mind game, police chief, crimes, rivalry, group of criminals, betrayal, mafia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
One Night Only (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 67 min.
Story: NIGHT BUG (dir. by Kim Tae-Yong) Han-Jae meets gay men at a bar in Jongno District, Seoul. He first meets them through an internet site. Once they get drunk, Han-Jae steals their money. He is accompanied by Hoon and pretends he is his boyfriend. ...
Plot: lgbt, drunk, asian, bar, boyfriend, gay, gay kiss, gay lead character
Place: korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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La Belle (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On one gloomy rainy night, a writer encounters an unexpected visit paid by a woman of his past. Seeking solitude from her ex-lover, she finds solace in this gentleman and from that day on, they cherish every inch of each other's body and ...
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Country: South Korea
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Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
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Place: korea, asia, seoul
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Country: South Korea
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Ode to My Father (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 126 min.
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Style: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
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Place: korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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In Another Country (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A three-tiered story centered on a trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort.
Style: realistic, humorous, clever, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: beach, couples, human nature, destiny, jealous spouse, infidelity, shopping, acoustic guitar, pregnant woman, repeated event, goat, lifeguard ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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The Power of Kangwon Province (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Recently separated lovers (Baek Jong-hak, Oh Yun-hong) have a series of close encounters at a popular mountain retreat.
Style: sexual, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, destiny, redemption, love and romance, road not taken, love affair, sexual relations, romance, lovers reunited, college, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: seoul, korea
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40%
Hill of Freedom (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 66 min.
Story: A Japanese man arrives in Korea to find his old lover. While he stays at a guest house, he encounters various people.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: fall in love, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, love and romance, human nature, hotel, obsession, haunted by the past, reading a letter, locked in, letter, bed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, south korea
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39%
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Cafe Seoul (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jun, a Japanese freelance reporter, discovers hidden gem of Korean traditional bakery "Moran-dang" by chance in the middle of the city of Seoul, while covering stories of the city. Moran-dang takes him back to his memory of childhood and ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, touching
Plot: friendship, gangsters, crimes, siblings relations, cooking and food, friends, family relations, family business, urban, lifestyle, restaurant, cooking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seoul, korea, asia
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Searching for the Elephant (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A freelance photographer Hyun-woo seems to live an enviable life with a successful career. But his inside is torn apart from the sorrow of being deserted by his ex-girlfriend Mari. He even gets unclear about what’s really happening in reality and ...
Style: touching, psychological, gloomy, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: friendship, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, addiction, sex addict, dull life, thirtysomething life, friends, dishonesty, couples, wooing, split personality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seoul, korea, asia
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36%
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The Prize (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Poland, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Ceci, a seven year old girl, has to keep a huge secret, but she doesn't completely understand what is the secret about. The life of her family depends on her silence. But what exactly must she keep silent about? Ceci and her mom live hidden ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: school, military, dictatorship, danger, family in danger, state affairs, parents and children, family relations, repression, rebellion, military life, political unrest ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Secretly, Greatly (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 124 min.
Story: As a North Korean sleeper cell agent, Ryu-han infiltrates the South and assumes the role of a village idiot in a rural town. He observes the townsfolk and waits patiently for his mission. One day, after 2 years of playing the role of the village ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: espionage, undercover, social relations, mission gone awry, secret agents, gain trust, fellow agent, politics, teenager, communism, spy, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, north korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Philby, Burgess and Maclean (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Recruited by the Russians during their days at Cambridge, three young Englishmen rise to become high-ranked MI5 agents until their exposure in 1949.
Style: microfilm
Plot: treason, spy, espionage, undercover agent, cambridge university, traitor, double agent, press conference, stuttering
Time: year 1949, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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City Hall (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: tense, realistic, thought provoking, suspense, talky ...
Plot: investigation, political corruption, idealism, police, mayor, society, crimes, uncover truth, corruption, murder, mafia, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new orleans ...
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White Night (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Flight attendant Won-Gyu (Won Tae-Hee) left Korea 2 years ago with painful memories and now comes back. Won-Gyu meets Tae-Joon (Lee Yi-Kyung), who is a quick service delivery man and has a special night with him.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: gay, revenge, stewardess, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, gays and lesbians, society, introspection, gender, urban, haunted by the past, flight attendant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seoul, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Peppermint Candy (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the spring of 1999, a group of old friends gather to celebrate their 20 year reunion. Among the group is Yeong-ho, a cold, unhappy man, whose demeanor puts a damper on the festivities. The seriousness of Yeong-ho"s depression becomes ...
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: reunion, suicide, interrogation, friend, martial law, politics, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, destiny, haunted by the past, student protest, bathing ...
Time: 90s, year 1987, year 1994, year 1998, year 1984 ...
Place: south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Breath (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell".
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: singing in a car, snowball fight, prison guard, surveillance camera, prison, estrangement, unfulfillment, love and romance, confined, dishonesty, prison life, romancing a criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seoul, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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