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SEOL Kyung-gu and YEO Jin-gu Team for Korean War Film

Aug 25, 2014
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WESTERN FRONT 1953 to Start Shooting in September

A new Korean War film is in the works with veteran SEOL Kyung-gu and young idol YEO Jin-gu attached to star. Western Front 1953 will mark the directing debut of experienced screenwriter CHEON seong-il. Filming is scheduled to begin next month with a release expected sometime in 2015.
Mixing equal parts humanism and comedy, the film is set in 1953, as the Korean War begins to wind down. North and South Korean troops come face to face on the western front and, in order to survive, the enemy soldiers cooperate.
SEOL Kyung-gu, known for his work in LEE Changdong classics such as Peppermint Candy (1999) and Oasis (2002) and his later career thrillers, including last year’s Cold Eyes, will be performing in a war film for the first time.
Popular TV drama star YEO Jin-gu began acting in Korean films all the way back in 2005’s Sad Movie but it was only last year, with Hwayi: A Monster Boy, that he really broke into the big screen mainstream. He will next be seen in Shoot My Heart and in a small part in upcoming Chuseok release Tazza: The Hidden Card.
CHEON Seong-il is a well-known TV and film scriptwriter who has penned hits such as My Girlfriend Is an Agent (2009) and current box office champ The Pirates. Adept at switching across genres, Western Front 1953 will mark his first time at the helm. The film will be produced by Harimao Pictures.
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