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Korean spy thriller 'The Spy Gone North' to premiere in Cannes

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Updated : May 11 2018

Domestic spy thriller "The Spy Gone North" will premiere at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on Friday night.

The film by Yoon Jong-bin, one of the two Korean titles in the 2018 Cannes Official Selection, along with Lee Chang-dong's "Burning," will receive a midnight screening at the Lumiere theater at 11 p.m. (local time).

Set in the mid-1990s, "The Spy Gone North" tells the story of a South Korean spy who goes undercover as a businessman in North Korea to infiltrate its nuclear facilities and discovers a secret deal among high-ranking South and North Korean officials. It stars Hwang Jung-min of "The Battleship Island," Lee Sung-min of "A Violent Prosecutor," Cho Jin-woong of "The Handmaiden" and Ju Ji-hoon of "Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds."

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The director and three of the four main cast members arrived in Cannes the previous day to attend the red carpet event and the film's screening. Cho Jin-woong was absent from the trip due to his busy filming schedule.

This will mark Yoon's second time to be in Cannes after his debut feature "The Unforgiven" was invited to the Un Certain Regard section in 2006.

Several Korean films have previously received midnight screening at Cannes: "A Bittersweet Life" by Kim Jee-woon in 2005, "The Chaser" by Na Hong-jin in 2008, "Train to Busan" in 2016, "The Merciless" by Byun Sung-hyun and "The Villainess" by Jung Byung-gil in 2017.

The 71st Cannes Film Festival runs from this past Wednesday until May 19. (Yonhap)

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