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OT: Kingmaker

Byun Sung-Hyun // Republic of Korea (South Korea), 2021
Fiction Feature // FF2022
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Inside the house of cards: genre and history unite in this political thriller to make gripping fiction which explores the borders between political integrity and tactical success. South Korea, 1961. Seo Chang-dae is a provincial chemist. But he’s less interested in drugs and medicines than the election campaign of the local opposition politician Kim Woon-bum. To offer some resistance to the dictatorial governing party, Seo advises the politician and starts a very clever campaign which helps Kim become the strongest opposition candidate. Years later, the two men have reached the next level of power, where now their ideas of political strategy increasingly clash.


BYUN SUNG-HYUN (*1980 in South Korea) studied at the Seoul Institute of Arts and achieved overnight fame in 2012 with his debut feature The Beat Goes On about three hip-hop artists. The Merciless was invited to be shown at Cannes in 2016.




Fiction Feature



Republic of Korea (South Korea)


123 min

OV with English subtitles

Byun Sung-Hyun

Byun Sung-Hyun, Kim Min-Soo

Sul Kyung-Gu, Lee Sun-Kyun

Yi Jin-Hee

Cho Hyoung-Rae

Park Yong-Ki

Kim Sang-Bum

Kim Hong-Jip, Lee Jin-Hee

Han Ah-Rum

Kim Yun-Suk, Cho Hee-Ran

M-Line Distribution

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M-Line Distribution,Alice Chang: alice@mline-distribution.com


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