'Assassins' Documentary Asks, Did Two Young Women Really Intend to Murder Kim Jong-un's Half-Brother? [Video]
Trailer released for Ryan White's film that opens in theaters next month
In 2017 two young women entered the departures area of Malaysia's international airport, came up behind a pudgy, middle-aged man and put their hands over his eyes. Within an hour that man was dead, poisoned by VX nerve agent that entered his eyes through the women's fingers.
The murdered man was Kim Jong-nam, eldest son of North Korea's former ruler Kim Jong-il and half-brother of current dictator, Kim Jong-un. The story of how Kim was bumped off and whether his assailants knew what they were doing -- or were duped into committing an assassination -- is told in the new documentary Assassins. Ryan White (The Keepers, The Case Against 8, Ask Dr. Ruth) directed the film, which will be released in theaters December 11 through Greenwich Entertainment and available on video on demand platforms beginning January 15. 2021.
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 spectacularly brazen murder happened in broad daylight, filmed entirely by security cameras," notes a press release for the film. "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."
A trailer was released for the documentary today. Watch it here:
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.