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"Spy" follows the double life of North Korean spies, who are more worried about their living expenses rising than filing spy reports. They then receive their first order from North Korea in over 10 years. While the spies plan their mission, they also concoct a grand scheme for a huge payout.
One day, a man known as "Section Chief Kim" (Kim Myung-Min) receives a text message stating "statue of General Lee Soon-Shin. 12 o'clock." Section Chief Kim is a North Korean spy, but makes a living by selling Chinese smuggled viagra pills in South Korea. He is also a father and has a seemingly normal South Korean family. Section Chief Kim" goes out to the statue of General Lee Soon-Shin in downtown Seoul. He waits for someone to appear and the man that appears is his North Korean boss (Yu Hae-Jin). Section Chief Kim is then given a paper bag with cash and the order to kill a man. His target turns out to be a former high-level North Korean government official who is now living in protective custody in South Korea.
Meanwhile, Section Chief Kim gathers his three fellow North Korean spies to implement their mission. His team consists of "Assistant Manager Kang" (Yum Jung-Ah) - a single mother and real estate office manager, "Advisor Yoon" (Byun Hee-Bong) - a retired senior citizen who specializes in forged ID's and "Assistant Manager Woo" (Jung Gyu-Woon) - a farmer who specializes in computer hacking. All four of the North Korean spies are more worried about their daily lives in South Korea and don't want any part of the assassination attempt, but they have no choice.
While doing reconnaissance, Section Chief Kim enters the residence of their target as a cable repairman. He walks throughout the heavily guarded estate and secretly films the layout of the home. He also notices a large safe in one of the rooms. Later, when Section Chief Kim meets his fellow spies, Kim devises a secondary plan to steal the money in the safe, while they also carry out their assassination attempt. Meanwhile, the NIS are hot on the trails of Section Chief Kim and his team.
- Filming began April 6, 2012 and finished July 12, 2012. The last scene filmed involved the results of a double operation by the spies. Filming for the last scene took place on the streets of Pyeongchang Neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea.
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