The Man Standing Next is a 2020 South Korean political drama film directed by Woo Min-ho. Based on an original novel of the same title, the film stars Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min, Kwak Do-won, and Lee Hee-joon as the high ranking officials of the Korean government and the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) during the presidency of Park Chung-hee 40 days before his assassination in 1979.
The film premiered in South Korea on 22 January 2020, where it topped the box office until 4 February 2020. It was released in the United States on 24 January 2020. It was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, but it was not nominated. The film was released in Japan on 22 January 2021, under the name KCIA.
Lee Sung-min as President Park: based on Park Chung-hee, the 3rd President of South Korea and father to Park Geun-hye, the 11th President of South Korea
Lee Byung-hun as Kim Gyu-pyeong: the fictional lead character based on Kim Jae-gyu.
Kwak Do-won as Park Yong-gak: former KCIA director based on Kim Hyong-uk
Lee Hee-joon as Kwak Sang-cheo, the head of the president's security team, inspired by Park's loyal bodyguard Cha Ji-chul.
The Man Standing Next holds a 75% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews, with a weighted average of 7.88/10