The perfect assassins are those who can murder without knowing they’re assassins.
In 2017, the news of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un’s brother Kim Jong-nam assassination in Malaysia shocked the world.
Two women attacked the former political figure in a crowded airport with a deadly VX nerve agent. The two women were immediately arrested, while other culprits successfully fled the country. The Malaysian trail for the two women because of the trial of the century as they maintain their innocence in the face of the death penalty.
In the documentary, Assassins, the film follows the media frenzy surrounded the trial. It even presented an in-depth look into evidence not allowed to show in court in order to portray the women’s true intentions. Not to mention, the film plays like a political thriller that ended with an unexpected twist.
Here’s the synopsis of the documentary:
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, covering his eyes with their hands, and pressing VX—the most lethal nerve gas on Earth—into his eyes. He stumbled away and 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 Jong-nam claimed they had simply 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 to the rice fields of Indonesia and Vietnam to the courtrooms of Kuala Lumpur to tell 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 improbably tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with director Ryan White for an in-depth behind-the-scenes story of the documentary. We talked about the two women, the court trial, and his access to the evidence through the lawyers.
Assassins is in theaters tomorrow and available on PVOD on January 15.
Watch the exclusive interview with Ryan White below. Let us know what you think.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Greenwich International