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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: bowling, boat, interrogation, dog, airplane, nuclear power, black, spy mission, government official, operation, code name, dictatorship, dictator, duke, presidential election, nuclear, president, double agent, asian, undercover, secret mission, korean, intelligence, businessman, undercover agent ...
Time: year 1993, year 1998, 1990s
Place: north korea, korea, asia, china, south korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and stylized films with plots about couples, unfulfillment, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, couple relations and murder mostly in Drama, Action and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Spy Gone North: A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003), The Taebaek Mountains (1994), The Net (2016), Ode to My Father (2014), Dance Town (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, gloomy, realistic, atmospheric, emotional
Plot: crumbling marriage, couple relations, infidelity, sexual relations, family life, dishonesty, family problems, family relations, love affair, parents and children, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
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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, korean war, leftist
Time: 1950s, 1940s
Place: korea, asia, north korea, south korea
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92%
 7.3
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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: human rights, politics, sex scene, resistance, poverty, freedom, border, boat, fisherman, toilet, gift, motorboat ...
Place: korea, north korea, seoul, south korea
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87%
Ode to My Father (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Amid the chaos of refugees fleeing the Korean War in December 1950, a young boy, Duk-soo, sees his fate change in the blink of an eye when he loses track of his younger sister and he leaves his father behind to find her. Settling at Gukje Market in ...
Style: serious, emotional, epic, realistic, sentimental ...
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Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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 75
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: serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: social differences, hopes, life is a bitch, misfit, society, social misfits, starting over, human nature, couple relations, political corruption, injustice, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, offbeat
Plot: beach, human nature, infidelity, destiny, couples, shopping, jealous spouse, pregnant woman, seaside, acoustic guitar, repeated event, goat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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47%
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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: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, undercover cop, criminal gang, crime, working undercover, gang warfare, neo-noir, betrayal, crimes, undercover, criminal heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: motorcycle, assassin, bullying, espionage, danger, secret mission, murder, secret agent, high school, heroes, undercover, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seoul, asia, korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological
Plot: suicide attempt, losing-it hero, dealing with death, faith, romance, starting over, small town, human nature, redemption, death in the family, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, sentimental, realistic
Plot: human nature, hotel, obsession, unfulfilled love, haunted by the past, fall in love, love and romance, unfulfillment, cafe, dog, dinner, letter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Mandala (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film follows the differing lives of two Buddhist monks in Korea. By following their lives and their interaction throughout the film, Im creates a contemplation of the nature of individualism, religious belief and enlightenment.
Plot: rape, korean, zen, enlightenment, buddhist, suicide, monk
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Five Senses of Eros (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In this anthology film centered around the theme of "Eros," five seperate stories are presented by five top Korean directors. The main characters from each segment are connected with each other in one way or another.
Style: sexual, serious, atmospheric, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: date night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan, a young man who has left his extended family in the city to seek enlightenment - Hyegok calls him Kibong!; and, an orphan lad Haejin, whom Hyegok ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, thought provoking, psychological
Plot: buddhism, zen, buddhist monk, monastery, orphan, monk, clergy, young heroes, isolation, mountain, spiritualism, human nature ...
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
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Desert Dream (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: This film takes place in a remote area, a desert region situated somewhere between the Mongolia and Chinese border. The town has become nearly void of all inhabitants except for Hangai, who works obsessively to plant trees in the desert area. ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Duration: 67 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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36%
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Country: South Korea
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Country: South Korea
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.7
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Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
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Style: semi serious, touching, realistic, humorous
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.9
 295
Eminent Domain (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Israel, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A high-ranking Polish politburo member is banished from the party, and must find out why. Set in 1979 Poland before the Solidarity events.
Plot: cold war, espionage, teenage girl
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, undercover, social relations, small town life, teenager, politics, spy, communism, small town, secret agents, fellow agent, gain trust ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.4
 131
Visitors (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: serious, tense, realistic, stylized
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34%