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  • ANARCHIST FROM COLONY to Open Osaka Asian Film Festival
  • by Pierce Conran /  Feb 09, 2018
  • LEE Joon-ik Period Drama Heads to Japan

    LEE Joon-ik’s most recent film Anarchist from Colony (2017), a period drama with LEE Je-hoon and CHOI Hee-seo, has been selected as the opening film of this year’s 13th Osaka Asian Film Festival. The film will kick off the festival on March 9th.

    Set in Tokyo in 1923, just after the Great Kanto Earthquake, LEE’s film focuses on the fate of 6,000 Korean men living in the city who are randomly arrested to calm the public’s nerves. One of those men is PARK Yeol (LEE Je-hoon), who draws the Japanese government into chaos when he and his cohort, the Japanese anarchist Fumiko (CHOI Hee-seo), confess to a plan to assassinate the Crown Prince of Japan.

    After rising to prominence in the indie Bleak Night (2011), actor LEE Je-hoon quickly became a lead actor in the mainstream. Last year, he also featured in the hit I Can Speak (2017) alongside NA Moon-hee

    CHOI Hee-seo, who first teamed up with director LEE for his 2016 film DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet, has earned several Best New Actress awards for her part as Kumiko at Korean awards shows, as well as the Best Actress prize from the Daejong Film Awards.

    Released last June, Anarchist from Colony was a solid hit with viewers, accruing 2.36 million admissions (USD 16.53 million). Director LEE is currently working on post-production of his 13th film Byeonsan, featuring KIM Go-eun and PARK Jung-min.
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