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Forbidden Dream

Dec 30, 2019
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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2019 | 132MIN | Period, Drama
DIRECTOR HUR Jin-ho
CAST CHOI Min-shik, HAN Suk-kyu
RELEASE DATE December 26, 2019 
CONTACT Lotte Entertainment
Tel +82 2 6277 5907 
Fax +82 2 3470 3439 

King Sejong, the fourth monarch of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, is famous for having invented the Korean language wiring system hangul, the story of which was fictionalized earlier this year in The King’s Letters, but he was also responsible for many other scientific advances. In his quest to enhance the kingdom’s power, he worked with his loyal subject JANG Yeong-sil. However, the Ming Empire, fearful of Joseon’s ever-rising knowledge of astronomy, orders the King to end the studies and send away his trusted advisor, which puts him in a dilemma. Two decades after No. 3 (1997) and the original modern Korean blockbuster Swiri (1999) that brought them to the forefront of Korean cinema, are the veteran heavyweights CHOI Min-shik and HAN Suk-kyu. Old Boy (2003) star CHOI appeared in the war epic Roaring Currents (2014), while HAN starred in the Berlinale-screened Idol this year, for which he shared a Best Actor Award with his co-star SUL Kyung-gu at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Korean cinema’s melodrama master HUR Jin-ho, who is known for the classic dramas Christmas in August (1998), which also featured HAN Suk-kyu, One Fine Spring Day (2001) and April Snow (2005) imagines the story behind Sejong’s scientific discoveries. He most recently scored a hit with the Colonial Era drama The Last Princess (2016).
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