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  • HA Jung-woo Considers a Trip to BOSTON 1947
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jul 25, 2018
  • Blockbuster Helmer KANG Je-gyu Returns

    Busy actor HA Jung-woo has reportedly received an offer to topline another major upcoming project. As reported by his management agency Artist Company, the star is considering the lead role in the period sports drama Boston 1947, from tentpole helmer KANG Je-kyu.

    Boston 1947 will chronicle the exploits of Korean athletes during the Boston marathon of 1947, the first international marathon to take place following the end of World War II. HA has been offered the role of SOHN Kee-chung, the coach of the Korean squad that participated in the long-distance running contest, which included eventual winner SUH Yun-bok.

    The film will see the return of director KANG, who opened a new era of big-budget filmmaking in Korea with 1999’s Swiri and went on to even greater commercial heights with his Korean War epic TaeGukGi: Brotherhood of War (2004).

    HA is currently on one of the hottest box office streaks in Korean film history, with five blockbuster hits on the trot: CHOI Dong-hoon’s Assassination (2015 - 12.71 million viewers), PARK Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (2016 - 4.29 million viewers), KIM Seong-hun’s Tunnel (2016 - 7.12 million viewers), KIM Yong-hwa’s Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017 - 14.41 million viewers) and JANG Joon-hwan’s 1987: When the Day Comes (2017 - 7.23 million viewers). 

    Next month will see the star return in the sequel Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days, while he will also grace screens in the action film Take Point at the end of the year.
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