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SONG Kang-ho and BAE Doo-na Wrap DRUG KING in Busan
Nov 06, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
WOO Min-ho’s INSIDE MEN Follow-up also Features JO Jung-suk
Production on DRUG KING, one of next year’s most anticipated releases, concluded on October 10th in Busan. Starring SONG Kang-ho, BAE Doo-na and JO Jung-suk, the crime thriller is director WOO Min-ho’s follow-up to his 2015 hit Inside Men with LEE Byung-hun.
Set in the southern port city Busan during the 1970s, DRUG KING chronicles the rise of real life drug dealer LEE Doo-sam, to be played by SONG, while BAE plays an influential government lobbyist.
Lead SONG is fresh off the year’s biggest hit, after starring in JANG Hun’s Gwangju drama A Taxi Driver, which drove post 12 million viewers at the box office this summer. BAE most recently appeared in last year’s hit disaster film Tunnel alongside HA Jung-woo, as well as this year’s popular TV show Strangers. She is currently preparing for the two-hour series finale of Netflix show Sense8. SONG and BAE have appeared together before, both in PARK Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and BONG Joon-ho’s The Host (2006).
Meanwhile JO has been busy graduating to leading man status since 2014’s My Love, My Bride, having starred in Time Renegades and My Annoying Brother last year, while also being active on the small screen.
Following his earlier films Man of Vendetta (2010) and The Spies (2012), director WOO struck box office gold with Inside Men, which was released in two versions in late 2015. Combined, the releases welcomed 9.16 million spectators (USD 65.2 million) and bagged several prizes from the Blue Dragon, Daejong, Korean Film Critics and Asian Film Awards, among others.
Distributor Showbox will release the film at some point next year.