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LEE Byung-hun and JEON Do-yeon Headline Historical Epic

Jul 12, 2013
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MEMORIES OF THE SWORD Will Also Star Rookie KIM Go-eun

A new film is in the works, which will pair some of the biggest actors working in the Korean film industry for the first time in 16 years. Following their roles in the romantic The Harmonium in My Memory (1998), mega-star LEE Byung-hun and screen siren JEON Do-yeon will become rivals in PARK Heung-shik’s historical epic Memories of the Sword.
JEON will play Seol-lang, a female warrior who hides her identity as the best swordfighter in Goryeo while she trains her daughter Seol-hee (KIM Go-eun) as part of her 18-year plan for revenge. The object of her rage is Deok-ki, played by LEE, a concubine’s son who is conspiring to take over the throne.
The project is already drawing keen interest particularly for the presence of LEE, who is redhot following his award-winning role in Masquerade and his Hollywood action turns in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Red 2 (out later this month). Meanwhile JEON is well know due to her Best Actress win at the Cannes Film Festival for LEE Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine (2007) among many other notable credits. KIM is a fast rising star who scooped up all of last year’s rookie awards for her breakout turn in A Muse.
Director PARK, who has previously worked with JEON on My Mother the Mermaid (2004), is now at the helm of what looks to be one of the biggest Korean projects on the horizon. The Lotte Entertainment period blockbuster will go into production at the end of August for an expected 2014 release.
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