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THE KING’S LETTERS to Kick Off Korean High Summer Season

Jun 18, 2019
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il Reunite for 3rd Blockbuster


This year’s high summer season in Korea will be ushered in by The King’s Letters, a new period drama starring SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il. From veteran producer and writer but first time director CHO Chul-hyun, the film will be released by Megabox Plus M on July 24.

This true life story follows the joint efforts made by King Sejong (SONG Kang-ho) and the Venerable monk Shin-mi (PARK Hae-il) to create the Hunminjungeum script (commonly known as Hangul) which became Korea’s popular writing system.

SONG is currently on screens in BONG Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning PARASITE, which just crossed the eight million viewer mark at the box office. PARK was recently seen in ZHANG Lu’s Ode to the Goose (2018), which debuted as a gala screening at the Busan International Film Festival last year. SONG and PARK have appeared on screen together twice before for director BONG Joon-ho, in his acclaimed box office hits Memories Of Murder (2003) and The Host (2006). The film also features JEON Mi-sun (Hide and Seek, 2013), CHOI Duk-mun (The Drug King, 2018) and NAM Mun-cheol (Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage).

Director CHO is well known for his collaborations with Director LEE Joon-ik, having penned and/or produced many of his most well-known period dramas, including The Throne (2015), for which he wrote the script.

Though exact dates remain to be announced, the other major contenders during the peak summer season in 2019 will be CJ Entertainment’s disaster film EXIT, the supernatural action-drama The Divine Fury from Lotte Entertainment and Showbox’s period battle drama The Battle: Roar to Victory.
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