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  • Following COVID Delay, BARGAINING Starts Location Shooting in Jordan
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jul 09, 2020
  • New Thriller from YIM Soon-rye and with HWANG Jung-min and HYUN Bin Resumes Production
     

    The upcoming Korean thriller Bargaining (translated title) from director YIM Soon-rye, featuring top stars HWANG Jung-min and HYUN Bin, is set to start production in Jordan this month. 

    Production was originally scheduled to kick off in the Middle East earlier this year but had to be postponed indefinitely during the escalating COVID-19 crisis, as international travel was swiftly disrupted. In the meantime, the project has been shooting its Korea-set scenes, which are almost complete. The film now has the green light from Jordanian officials to resume production this month.

    Bargaining follows a National Intelligence Service (NIS) agent and a diplomat who work together to negotiate for the safe release of Korean nationals taken hostage in the Middle East.

    The usually prolific Ode to My Father (2014) and Veteran (2015) star HWANG Jung-min has been absent from the big screen since the 2018 Cannes-invited The Spy Gone North but is set to return next month alongside LEE Jung-jae in the thriller DELIVER US FROM EVIL, another project with extensive foreign location shooting, in this case Thailand.

    HYUN Bin, who started out as a heartthrob star in films such as A Millionaire’s First Love (2006), has matured into a versatile leading man and was most recently seen in the period zombie film Rampant (2018) and the hostage thriller THE NEGOTIATION (2018).

    YIM Soon-rye, who has been making films since the late 1990s, is known for the classic Waikiki Bothers (2001), which starred HWANG Jung-min in one of his earliest major roles, as well as the hits Forever the Moment (2008) and Little Forest (2018).

    The film is being produced by Watermelon Pictures, while Megabox Plus M is in charge of financing and distribution.
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