Korean spy film screens at Cannes while real-world plot thickens May 17, 2018 0 394 12345 REUTERSCANNES, France'THE Spy Gone North', the tale of a South Korean who infiltrated North Korea in the 1990s, is full of plot twists, but the movie might be outdone by the news, as efforts to resolve the nuclear stand-off face a real-life cliffhanger.The spy thriller was shot between January and July 2017, around the time when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered a series of missile and nuclear tests, rattling neighbouring nations and the new US administration.Since then, relations have thawed and the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival days before the North and South were due to hold high-level talks to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.But hours before the talks were due to start on Wednesday, the North called them off, complaining that the United States was pushing it for"Libya-style"denuclearisation.Hollywood Reporter critic Deborah Young said:"... for sheer topicality, the film is hard to beat, and to find a full-blown entertainment yarn in Cannes ... that's partially set in newsworthy North Korea is rather astounding."The script is based on the personal notes of a South Korean spy, Park Suk-young, known as"Black Venus", who posed as a businessman to infiltrate the North and get information on its nuclear programme.For the South Korean cast and crew of 'The Spy Gone North', current events were never far from their minds."When I read the script for the first time, I made a joke to the director, saying: is it possible to actually produce this movie?"said actor Lee Sung-min who plays an aide to the North's former leader, Kim Jong-il."Since then, the relationship has improved, but if tensions had remained as they were before, this movie could have been a very problematic one,"he told Reuters in an interview conducted before the cancellation of Wednesday's talks.Hwang Jung-min, who plays Black Venus, said he hoped the film would help foreign audiences understand Korean history, and how there is no"fun"in and"no need"for political war games.Asked if he thought Kim would watch his movie, director Yoon Jong-bin replied:"It would be nice".The Cannes Film Festival runs to May 19. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES North Korea threatens to cancel summit over US 'provocations' May 17, 2018 0 48 Philippine senators ask Supreme Court to invalidate Duterte's ICC withdrawal May 17, 2018 0 39 Philippines lifts ban on workers heading to Kuwait May 17, 2018 0 43 Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ JAKARTA Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. The men had driven their car into .. United Nations extends African peace mission in Somalia NEW YORK: A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al Qaeda affiliate, received unanimous Security Council backing on Tuesday until July 31. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), .. Kenyan president signs controversial cyber-crimes law AFP NAIROBI KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law a sweeping cyber-crimes act criminalising fake news and online bullying, with clauses that critics argue could stifle press freedom. The bill .. Suspected militants free abducted police officers in Philippines MANILA Suspected Muslim militants on Wednesday freed two female police officers abducted more than two weeks ago in the southern Philippines police said. The officers were turned over to aides of the provincial .. Malaysian police 'raid' former PM Najib's home REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said. State news .. Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak REUTERS KINSHASA THE first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat an outbreak suspected to have killed 20 people arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, said a Reuters witness at the ..