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  • HWANG Jung-min Infiltrates YOON Jong-bin’s DUKE
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jan 06, 2017
  • North Korea Thriller Co-Stars LEE Sung-min, CHO Jin-woong & JU Ji-hoon
     

    The production of director YOON Jong-bin’s new film Duke is now set to begin on January 25th with CJ Entertainment on board as the main investor and distributor. YOON will be joined on set by HWANG Jung-min, LEE Sung-min, CHO Jin-woong and JU Ji-hoon.

    Featuring a narrative set in the mid-1990s, Duke follows a South Korean spy played by HWANG who infiltrates the North in a bid to gain intelligence on the hermit state’s nuclear weapons plans. The agent’s actions launch an intelligence skirmish between the two nations.

    HWANG has been on an unprecedented run of box office hits, which have included Ode to My Father (2014), Veteran (2015), The Himalayas (2015), A Violent Prosecutor and THE WAILING. He recently wrapped RYOO Seung-wan’s Battleship Island and partners here with director YOON for the first time.

    Actors LEE Sung-min (Broken, 2014) and CHO Jin-woong (A Hard Day, 2014) recently worked together on the upcoming thriller Sheriff. Meanwhile, JU Ji-hoon featured alongside HWANG Jung-min in Asura : The City of Madness and is currently shooting the fantasy drama Along with the Gods.

    Director YOON is responsible for hits such as Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time (2012) and KUNDO : Age of the Rampant (2014). Duke, his fifth work, marks his first film without HA Jung-woo in the lead.

    The project is the latest from production house Sanai Pictures, which have worked with HWANG four times before (New World, 2013; Man In Love, 2014; A Violent Prosecutor; Asura : The City of Madness) and which is also behind Sheriff.
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