Dogwoof are delighted to announce that ASSASSINS, the
latest film from Ryan White ( The Case Against 8, The Keepers, Ask Dr. Ruth), will be released
to cinemas and digitally on demand from 29th January.
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, ASSASINS is the wildly improbable tale
of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two
women fighting for their lives.
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?
Ryan White directs and produces alongside Jessica Hargrave ( Visible: Out of Television, Ask Dr. Ruth, The Keepers). Doug Bock
Clark is an executive producer and the author of the GQ’s ‘
The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination
’ that inspired the film.