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Assassins (On Demand) Rated 12A

Assassins (On Demand)

Dir. Ryan White. USA, 2020. 1h 44m. Korean/Vietnamese/subs. Starring Siti Aisyah, Hadi Azmi, Anna Fifield, Doan Thi Huong.

In 2017, Kim Jong-nam—the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un—was assassinated in the bustling departures hall of Malaysia’s international airport. The spectacularly brazen murder happened in broad daylight, filmed entirely by security cameras. Footage showed two young women approaching Jong-nam from behind and pressing VX—the most lethal nerve gas on earth—into his eyes. He stumbled away and was dead within an hour.

The two women who killed Jong-nam claimed they had been hired to pull a video prank. Were they trained killers or simply pawns in a game of political assassination? Ryan White's documentary is a gripping investigation into Kim Jong-nam’s very public murder, a calculating dictator, and the two women fighting for their lives.

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'What an extraordinary story of sexism, violence, diplomatic bad faith and dishonesty on an international scale.' ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian