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LEE Hae-young’s DOKJEON Wraps with CHO Jin-woong and RYU Jun-yeol

Dec 01, 2017
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DRUG WAR Remake Features Final Performance by KIM Joo-hyuk

Director LEE Hae-young’s upcoming Dokjeon (Korean title), a remake of Johnnie TO’s Drug War, completed around five months of filming on November 16th. The crime thriller stars CHO Jin-woong, RYU Jun-yeol and the late KIM Joo-hyuk in his final performance.

Dokjeon (a contraction of the Korean words for ‘poison’ and ‘war’) follows a Detective (CHO Jin-woong) who is determined to take down the head of Korea’s largest drug-pushing organization. To do so he engages the help of a drug smuggler (RYU Jun-yeol) within the syndicate.

A Hard Day (2014) villain CHO recently appeared in The Handmaiden (PARK Chan-wook), Bluebeard, The Sheriff in Town and Man of Will while young star RYU has experienced a major rise in popularity this year, featuring in The King, A Taxi Driver and Heart Blackened. He will also appear in YIM Soon-rye’s Little Forest in 2018.

KIM Joo-hyuk completed his role shortly before his untimely passing in late October following a car accident. This year he already featured in hit action thriller Confidential Assignment and period noir The Tooth and the Nail. Also in the cast are KIM Sung-ryoung of The Fatal Encounter (2014), PARK Hae-joon of Fourth Place (2016) and making a special appearance, CHA Seung-won (Man on High Heels, 2014). 

Dokjeon is director LEE’s fourth film, following 2006’s Like a Virgin (which he co-directed with LEE Hae-jun), Foxy Festival (2010) and The Silenced (2015).

The original Drug War, the first Mainland Chinese film from famed Hong Kong director Johnnie TO, was released in 2013 and earned over USD 23 million in China. Dokjeon is being produced by Yong Film Inc. (The Handmaiden, LUCK-KEY) and will be released next year by Next Entertainment World.
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