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  • Star-Driven Thriller MASTER Hits US Screens on January 6
  • by Pierce Conran /  Dec 20, 2016
  • A Thriller of LEE Byung-hun, GANG Dong-won, KIM Woo-bin Trio 

    CJ Entertainment’s hotly anticipated action-thriller Master has booked its North American release for January 6th. Starring LEE Byung-hun, GANG Dong-won and KIM Woo-bin, the film is scheduled to be distributed by CJ Entertainment America across the country, in markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.

    The head of a fraudulent organization is being targeted by an investigator who applies pressure on his righthand man by offering him a plea deal. When the CEO begins to feel the heat he decamps to the Philippines, hopscotching with billions of dollars.

    LEE Byung-hun’s last leading role in Korea was the hit thriller Inside Men (2015), and he recently appeared in the Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven and in a supporting role in KIM Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows. GANG Dong-won scored two recent hits with exorcism thriller The Priests (2015) and prison thriller A Violent Prosecutor, and was seen last month in fantasy VANISHING TIME: A BOY WHO RETURNED. Meanwhile, KIM Woo-bin is a hot young star with three consecutive hits under his belt, Friend : The Great Legacy (2013), The Con Artists (2014) and Twenty (2015).

    The film is the fourth of director CHO Ui-seok, who previously directed the hit surveillance thriller Cold Eyes, which had a gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. 

    Master opens on December 21st in Korea, and as of the morning of the 20th is far ahead on the reservations chart and poised to post one of the biggest openings of the year.
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