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The Spy Gone North (2018)
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The Spy Gone North (2018)
Original name: 공작
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Plot: undercover agent, spy, political campaign, political corruption, top secret, operation, undercover, military, double agent, dictatorship, interrogation, secret mission, disguise, government official, airplane, intelligence, inter-korean relations, dog, agent, prospector, businessman, cold war, secret agents, dictator, bowling ...
Time: year 1993, 90s, 1990s, 2000s, year 1998, 20th century
Place: north korea, south korea, beijing china, seoul, china, asia, korea

Most similar movies to The Spy Gone North

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about undercover, spy, dishonesty, espionage, betrayal, state affairs and secret agents mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like The Spy Gone North: Steel Rain (2017), The Man Standing Next (2020), Perfect Number (2012), The Net (2016), The Executioner (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Steel Rain (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A former agent from the North Korean intelligence and a senior member of the South Korean security services conduct a secret mission to prevent the breakout of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.
Style: political thriller, tense, captivating, psychological, suspense
Plot: spy, nuclear war, sting operation, society, danger, politics, rivalry, crimes, u.s. army, missile, nuclear, coup d'etat ...
Time: 21st century
Place: north korea, south korea, east asia, seoul, korea
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95%
The Man Standing Next (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of the President Park who controls the KCIA, the organization with an edge over any branch of government. The director of KCIA, KIM Gyu-pyeong, is the seemingly most prospective second-in-command. In ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, bad ending, psychological
Plot: assassination of president, assassination, dictator, politics, betrayal, tragedy, dictatorship, korean, president, intelligence agency, korean history
Time: 70s, year 1979
Place: seoul, south korea, east asia, paris france, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Perfect Number (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on the series by the popular Japanese novelist Keigo Higashino, this is a mystery drama that 'faithfully but freely' adapts the 3rd part in the series, . The story revolves around 3 characters: a woman who unwittingly killed her ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, buried truth, murder, human nature, moral dilemma, under the surface, teacher, friendship, death, law enforcement, mathematics, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.4
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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.
Style: disturbing, suspense, captivating, bleak, exciting ...
Plot: politics, human rights, poverty, military, video surveillance, prostitute, spy, money, breakdown, murder, husband wife relationship, fisherman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: east asia, south korea, korea, seoul, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: espionage, spy, adventure, heroes, betrayal, secret agents, crimes, mole, political corruption, working undercover, state affairs, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, greece
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59%
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Topaz (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war, nato ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, paris france, new york, copenhagen, france ...
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53%
 6.2
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Shadow Dancer (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set in 1990s Belfast, a woman is forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son.
Style: realistic, serious, political thriller, suspenseful, tense
Plot: ira, moral dilemma, radical, family relations, snitch, undercover, betrayal, state affairs, political unrest, siblings relations, loss of son, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1973, year 1993, 1990s ...
Place: ireland, england, london, belfast, united kingdom ...
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50%
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Fail Safe (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, military life, politics, race against time, danger, military, chaos, aviation, moral dilemma, state affairs, soldier ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Secret Reunion (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Six years ago a mysterious shooting takes place in Seoul. The after effects of the shooting results in Han-kyu Lee (Song Kang-Ho) losing his job at the NIS (National Intelligence Service). Six years later, Ji-won Song (Kang Dong-Won), an ex North ...
Style: rough, realistic, tense, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: foe turned friend, hidden identity, secret agents, undercover, private detective, spy, treason, danger, investigation, government agency, disorder, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
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Farewell (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Engaging, emotional and riveting, FAREWELL is an intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history— about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: cold war, espionage, kgb, double agent, undercover, state affairs, danger, dishonesty, betrayal, working undercover, father son relationship, iron curtain ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, france, ussr, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
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Two Lives (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Norway
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child”; the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: trial, berlin wall, haunted by the past, secret, buried truth, family life, undercover, dishonesty, espionage, testimony, lawyer, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1990, year 1969
Place: norway, germany, gdr, german democratic republic, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
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Triple Agent (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is the deputy at the White Russian Military Union, probably slated to replace ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, enigmatic, psychological
Plot: espionage, government agency, politics, secret agents, political corruption, life is a bitch, betrayal, undercover, rebellion, dishonesty, uncover truth, love triangle ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: france, russia, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, non-linear, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, double agent, british intelligence, government agency, investigation, mole, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, budapest, england, budapest hungary, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.6
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New World (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal gang, undercover cop, working undercover, gang war, moral dilemma, crimes, mafia, mind game, police chief, group of criminals, mole ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
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The Debt (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Israel
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mossad, war criminal, secret agents, spy, secret agent, moral dilemma, haunted by the past, righting the wronged, spies, war crime, cold war, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: israel, middle east, germany, europe, ukraine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, communist, double agent, court martial, alcoholic, atheist, cynicism, iron curtain, grocer, whiskey ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, germany, europe, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, political thriller ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, u.s. air force, nuclear, politics, military, secret service, political conspiracy, race against time, white house, revolution, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future, 70s
Place: russia, pentagon, ussr, soviet union, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Agent provocateur (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1994 South Korea, a female North Korean spy integrates herself as a housekeeper for U.S. military officer to steal classified documents, but soon worries about her cover when she falls for the teenage son of the officer.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, nudity (full frontal - brief), spy, romance, dishonesty, rivalry, government agency, coming of age, disability, graphic violence, betrayal, undercover ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Legacy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past. Based on Alan Judd's 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981's A ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: espionage, kgb, spy, undercover, love and romance, secret agents, government agency, betrayal, political unrest, forbidden love, dishonesty, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, ussr, britain, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Little Nikita (1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, family relations, teenage boy, espionage, investigation, crimes, fbi, teenage life, kgb, double agent, parents and children, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, ussr, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Enemy Within (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, political thriller
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, government agency, race against time, betrayal, state affairs, political corruption, fighting the system, military, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Fifth Patient (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: John Reilly wakes up in an African Hospital with only fragments of his memory in tact. An officer of the local regime, Mugambe, accuses him of being an American spy.
Style: tense, captivating, twists and turns, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, memory loss, espionage, undercover, crimes, political intrigue, rivalry, dishonesty, interrogation, deception, undercover agent, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Steel Rain 2: Summit (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A futuristic film about a crisis near the brink of war after three leaders are kidnapped by a North Korean nuclear submarine in a coup d’état during a summit between the two Koreas and the United States.
Style: political thriller, psychological, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: submarine, coup d'etat, inter-korean relations, peace, society, politics, crimes, rules and policies, rivalry, political intrigue, danger, usa president ...
Place: south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: secret agents, spy, hitman, track down, danger, espionage, undercover, deadly, secret mission, murder, assassin, kidnapping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seoul, asia, korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious
Plot: espionage, alcohol abuse, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, life is a bitch, government agency, special agents, cia agent, fbi, spy, agent ...
Time: 90s
Place: langley virginia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Iran
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans…
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: assassination, politics, murder, crimes, political conspiracy, kidnapping, political corruption, moral dilemma, mission gone awry, dishonesty, deadly, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining bullets in the assassin's magazine clip, ...
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, bleak, tense, enigmatic ...
Plot: soldier, investigation, friendship, military, suicide, politics, undercover, state affairs, assassination, deadly, crimes, political conspiracy ...
Time: 90s
Place: north korea, korea, south korea, asia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
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Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, hostage, behind enemy lines, danger, secret agents, american abroad, daring rescue, hollywood, race against time, escapades, life risking ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1980 ...
Place: middle east, iran, langley virginia, usa, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.2
 969
The Serpent (1973)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Vlassov is a Soviet spy who defects in France. He is whisked to the U.S, where Allan Davies takes over the case. After polygraph tests and cross-examinations, Vlassov names several Western European agents who are also spying for the Soviets. Davies ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, eurospy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, espionage, double agent, kgb, manhunt, against the rules, dishonesty, race against time, intrigue, chases and races, government agency, conspiracy ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, russia, europe, england, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 ...
Style: tense, disturbing, psychological, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: historical event, democracy, protest, political corruption, torture, interrogation, cover up, police brutality, police investigation, disorder, brutality, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%