Assassins

2020| 12| 104 mins| /

 

Sponsored by CityFibre

Director: Ryan White

Cast: Siti Aisyah, Doan Thi Huong

Available to stream at home from Friday 29 January 2021

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, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, approaching Jong-nam from behind, covering his eyes with their hands, and pressing VX — the most lethal nerve gas on earth — into his eyes. He was dead within an hour.

But if the murder was extreme, the story that came next was even more bizarre. The two women who killed him claimed they had been hired to pull a video prank and had no idea what they were really doing. The Malaysian government scoffed, arrested and imprisoned the women and put them on trial for murder, facing execution. But was their outlandish story actually the truth? And would anyone believe them?

Assassins, the latest from director Ryan White, travels from the sanctums of Pyongyang and the rice fields of Indonesia and Vietnam to the courtrooms of Kuala Lumpur, revealing an extraordinary tale of manipulation and subterfuge in the age of social media. A masterful investigation that offers an unprecedented look at the real story of Kim Jong-nam’s murder, Assassins is the wildly improbable tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives.

 “YOUR JAW WILL DROP” Variety

★★★★ “ENTHRALLING, STRANGER-THAN-FICTION” Time Out

★★★★ “AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF SEXISM, VIOLENCE, DIPLOMATIC BAD FAITH AND DISHONESTY ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE” The Guardian

Stream on demand from Fri 29 January for £9.99. You’ll have 48 hours to watch the film from the point of pressing play.  50% of the streaming fee goes towards supporting Northampton Filmhouse.

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