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CHO Sung-kyu Premieres GUEST HOUSE in Okinawa
Apr 28, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Indie Filmmaker Teams Up with KIM Sung-je and Chisun for 10th Feature
Prolific independent filmmaker CHO Sung-kyu is back with his tenth feature, the drama Guest House, which just premiered at the 9th Okinawa International Movie Festival (OIMF). The film pairs K-pop star KIM Sung-je (of boyband Supernova) in his first film role with the Osaka-based Korean actress Chisun, known for her work on Japanese film and TV.
Guest House features an aspiring actor who moves from the city to the seaside town Gangneung, where he begins to manage a guest house. When Hiroko, a Japanese curling athlete, stays at his establishment, a romance begins to unfold in a town.
First forging a career as an investor and producer on several key Korean films from directors such as KIM Ki-duk, Hong Sangsoo, JANG Hun and LEE Yoon-ki, CHO Sung-kyu broke out as a director in 2010 with the feature Second Half. Averaging approximately 1.5 films a year since then, CHO has been a fixture on the Korean and international festival circuits, with works such as The Winter of the Year Was Warm (2012) and Two Rooms, Two Nights (2016). Prior to Guest House, he completed his first genre film, Flower of Evil, which will be released later this year.
Director CHO and his stars KIM Sung-je and Chisun graced the red carpet of OIMF along the famed Kokusai-dori street in Central Naha on Sunday, April 23rd.