The Sympathizer, Binge – streaming preview

Robert Downey Jr, Sandra Oh and Australian actor Hoa Xuande star in this new miniseries based on the novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

What is The Sympathizer about?

A new miniseries. As per the blurb: In 1975, at the culmination of the Vietnam War, half-French, half-Vietnamese spy the Captain, who’s been embedded in the South Vietnam army, is forced to flee to the US. Ingratiating himself with the South Vietnamese refugee community, he grapples with his loyalties as he continues to spy on them and report back to the Viet Cong.

What genre is The Sympathizer?

A few! Black comedy, spy thriller, war drama and historical drama.

Is it based on a book?

Yes. It’s based on the Pulitzer Prize winning 2014 novel of the same name by the Vietnamese-American professor and novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen. Reviewing the novel in 2016 for ArtsHub, Katie Levers wrote:

The Sympathizer emerges out of this research and is informed, disturbing and also, strangely enough, laugh out loud funny. It is almost impossible to believe that this masterful piece of writing is a debut novel. 

The Sympathizer – ArtsHub review

Who stars in The Sympathizer?

Hoa Xuande, Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Kieu Chinh, Sandra Oh and Robert Downey Jr (who plays four roles).

Who’s the director of The Sympathizer?

Park Chan-wook, Fernando Meirelles and Marc Munden.

Who created the series?

Park Chan-wook and Don McKellar.

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Where was The Sympathizer filmed?

The show’s production locations are listed as the USA and Thailand.

Which production company made The Sympathizer?

A24, Team Downey, Rhombus Media, Cinetic Media and Moho Film

Where and when can I watch The Sympathizer?

The Sympathizer premieres Monday 15 April on Binge.

Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites