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  • HA Ji-won Joins HA Jung-woo’s 2nd Directorial Outing
  • by Pierce Conran /  Feb 06, 2014
  • CHRONICLE A OF BLOOD MERCHANT Shoots for Late 2014 Release

    Following his directorial debut Roller Coaster last fall, HA Jung-woo is getting ready to hop back into the director’s seat with Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (W/T), a new project based on a Chinese novel by YU Hua published in 1995. Joining the star on screen will be leading actress HA Ji-won.
    The story of YU’s book takes place during China’s cultural revolution in the 1950s and 60s. Refitting the location to Seoul, HEO Sam-gwan (HA Jung-woo) is a factory worker who lives in a village where men can only get married after selling their own blood, in order to demonstrate their good health. Sam-gwan has his eye on HEO Ok-ran (HA Ji-won), the most beautiful girl in the village.
    HA Jung-woo was one of the hardest working professionals in Korea’s film industry last year, not to mention most successful, following appearances in The Berlin File and The Terror, LIVE. Between those hits he also found time to director his first feature Roller Coaster, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival last October.
    Currently in theaters with The Huntresses, HA Ji-won has made for herself playing no-nonsense, sporty characters in films such as Duelist (2005) and Sector 7 (2011). HA Jung-woo mentioned that he has been eager to work with her.
    Chronicle of a Blood Merchant will go before cameras soon and is tentatively scheduled for a release later this year.
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