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  • NA Hong-jin and HWANG Jung-min Team Up for GOKSEONG
  • by Pierce Conran /  Aug 05, 2014
  • THE YELLOW SEA Director Returns After 5 Years
     

    NA Hong-jin, the helmer behind The Chaser (2008) and The Yellow Sea (2010) will soon begin production on his third feature, following confirmation of his leading cast. Gokseong (working title) will feature HWANG Jung-min, KWAK Do-won and CHUN Woo-hee.
    Following action thriller Running Man and the upcoming comedy Slow Video, the film marks 20th Century Fox subsidiary Fox International Productions’ third fully financed film made for the Korean market. The Hollywood major was also a partner on The Yellow Sea, to which it owns the North American remake rights.
     
    Subsequent to the breakout success of hard-boiled thriller The Chaser, which crossed five million admissions domestically, director NA quickly became one of the industry’s big name directors. His stature became particularly significant overseas once he proved he wasn’t a one-trick pony with his gritty follow-up The Yellow Sea, which saw him reteam with his leads from The Chaser, HA Jung-woo and KIM Yun-seok.
     
    Though not a great deal is known about the film’s plot, it has been revealed that Gokseong will be set in a country village which has been gripped by a strange rumor and a police case. New World star HWANG Jung-min will depict a shaman in the film while KWAK Do-won, SONG Kang-ho’s foil in the courtroom hit The Attorney, will incarnate a police officer. Joining them will be Han Gong-ju actress CHUN Woo-hee as a mysterious woman.
     
    Filming is set to get underway soon and the project will be ready for release in 2015, five years after NA’s previous effort.
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