True crime meets global spy thriller in this gripping account of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader. The film follows the trial of the two female assassins, probing the question: were the women trained killers or innocent pawns of North Korea?

  • Released: 2021-08-12
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Stars: Siti Aisyah, Doan Thi Huong, Hadi Azmi, Anna Fifield, Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump, Ri Sol-ju, Moon Jae-in, Kim Yo-jong
  • Director: Ryan White
  • lasttimeisaw - 23 April 2021
    Cinema Omnivore - Assassins (2020) 7.2/10
    "ASSASSINS relies on lawyers' proofs, journalists' notes to elucidate and earmarks most of its volume following the trial of the two female "assassins" (one Indonesian, one Vietnamese), which is at first designated as a show trial, with pencil sketches in lieu of actual court footage. While it is clear as day those two girls are duped, they were led to think they were merely performing a video prank, what sticks in one's throat is that the Malaysian legislature is resolute to use these two innocent pawns as the whipping boy, which really stokes one's indignation. Then turnabouts crop up, indignation subsides, but justice is far from prevailing, instead one can only wheeze out a dispiriting resignation when it is up to political pressure to exculpate the voiceless and downtrodden. Plus, one advise, girls, please smarten up, retaining some common sense in whatever gainful activity you are pursuing."

    read my full review on my blog: cinema omnivore, thanks.
  • mlivziey - 5 March 2021
    Fantastic! Stranger than fiction
    This is the best true crime doc I have seen in a long time. While the genre is crowded and many many of the "shocking" documentaries are sensationalized, this one truly is bizarre. Kept me engaged the entire time.

    A true spy story that is stranger than fiction. Gives a good overview of tensions in North Korea and among the ruling dynasty. Even for those unfamiliar with the subject, this will grab ahold of you and not let go for the duration.

    There are some answers left unanswered and justice has not been served, but it paints a clear picture of what happened and why. Really excellent!