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  • MASTER Lures LEE Byung-hun, GANG Dong-won, KIM Woo-bin
  • by Pierce Conran /  Dec 23, 2015
  • New Con Thriller from COLD EYES Director
    Three of Korea’s top male box office draws are teaming up for new thriller Master. Global star LEE Byung-hun, GANG Dong-won and KIM Woo-bin have signed on to star in the new film by Cold Eyes (2013) director CHO Ui-seok.
    LEE will feature as Jin, the president of the Won Network, which is involved in a large fraud case, while KIM plays section chief PARK Jang-goon. Leading the investigation against him is the shrewd KIM Jae-myung (GANG).
    Both LEE and GANG enjoyed great success last month with the release of their respective thrillers Inside Men and The Priests. Previously, LEE had been in the midst of a rocky year, following the poor receptions of Terminator Genisys and local period action film Memories of the Sword. He will next be seen in the US films Misconduct and Magnificent Seven. For his part, GANG experienced both success (KUNDO : Age of the Rampant) and disappointment (My Brilliant Life) in 2014. Younger star KIM has proven to be a consistent draw at the Korean box office with three solid hits on the trot, Friend : The Great Legacy (2013), The Con Artists (2014) and Twenty (2015).
    Director CHO, who also made Make It Big (2002) and The World Of Silence (2006), scored a major hit with surveillance thriller Cold Eyes, which amassed 5.5 million admissions (USD 33.42 million). Master will be produced by ZIP CINEMA (The Priests, Cold Eyes) and presented by OPUS Pictures (Snowpiercer) and CJ Entertainment. The film is expected to begin filming in the first half of 2016.
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