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MY DICTATOR Begins Shooting with SEOL Kyung-gu and PARK Hae-il
Apr 04, 2014
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Director of CASTAWAY ON THE MOON Returns
LEE Hae-jun, director of the 2009 comedy Castaway on the Moon, is returning with his new film My Dictator, which finally began shooting last week following a long gestation. Joining him on set are stars SEOL Kyung-gu and PARK Hae-il.
My Dictator, which takes place in the 1970s, follows a stage character actor (played by SEOL Kyung-gu) who is asked to take on the role of a lifetime by the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. He must become the double for North Korean leader KIM Il-sung ahead of the North-South Korea summit. The actor also looks to repair the damaged relationship with his son, played by PARK Hae-il.
Director LEE has been writing Korean films since the early 2000s and, along with his writing partner LEE Hae-young, he broke out as a director with the offbeat sports comedy Like a Virgin in 2006. Three years later he made his solo directing debut Castaway on the Moon, starring JUNG Jae-young. Though not a big hit at home, the film was popular overseas, earning awards at the Hawaii International Film Festival (NETPAC) and the Udine Far East Film Festival (Black Dragon Audience Award).
My Dictator, which took part in the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum (HAF) in 2012, also stars YOON Je-moon, LEE Byung-joon and RYOO Hye-young. Filming began at a small theater in the Jeollabuk province on March 26th.