- FILM & PEOPLE
- New Films
Jul 09, 2019
- Writerby Pierce Conran
2019 | 110 min | Comedy, Epics/Historical
DIRECTOR NAM Dae-joong
CAST LEE Jun-ho, JEONG So-min, CHOI Gwi-hwa, YEA Ji-won
RELEASE DATE July 10, 2019
CONTACT JYP Pictures
Three years after his debut, the coming-of-age road trip comedy THE LAST RIDE (2016), director NAM Dae-joong returns to theaters with the Joseon Era period comedy HOMME FATALE, featuring LEE Jun-ho playing the first male gisaeng in Korea.
Lee plays Heo Saek, a young man who was a born to a gisaeng and has spent his life growing up at a gibang. As an adult he becomes the first male gisaeng in the Joseon Kingdom. Heo meets Hae-won, a beautiful young woman with progressive ideals and together, the pair try to forge their own connection.
A member of the popular Kpop boyband 2PM, LEE Jun-ho transitioned to acting with an acclaimed supporting part in the hit surveillance thriller Cold Eyes in the summer of 2013. He later appeared in the youth comedy Twenty (2015) and the period action-drama Memories of the Sword (2015). Earlier this year, the young star was the lead in his first Japanese production, the romcom Rose and Tulip.
Period comedies have frequently found favor with local audiences during the summer months over the years, with works like The Grand Heist (2012) and Seondal: The Man who Sells the River (2016) offering strong counter-programming to Hollywood tentpoles. Competition is fierce, but HOMME FATALE will look to give the latest Marvel film in theaters a run for its money this week.