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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 improbable tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    104 minutes
  • Language
    English, Malay, Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Ryan White
  • Screenwriter
    Ryan White
  • Producer
    Jessica Hargrave
  • Executive Producer
    Doug Bock Clark, Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous
  • Co-Producer
    Kristin Weiland
  • Filmmaker
    Ryan White
  • Cinematographer
    John Benam
  • Editor
    Helen Kearns
  • Composer
    Blake Neely
  • Music
    Blake Neely