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Star-Driven Titles Line Up for Filming in Early 2017

Feb 10, 2017
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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Political Thrillers from Returning Directors Woo Big Names

Hot off the heels of a blockbuster 2016, this year is kicking off with a bang, with several major films going into production in the first quarter. These include YOON Jong-bin’s Duke, YANG Woo-suk’s time Gang-cheol-bi (Steel Rain - WT) and NOH Dong-seok’s Golden Slumber.

CJ Entertainment is on board as the main investor and distributor for Duke, a North Korean spy thriller set in the mid-90s. Leading the cast as a South Korean spy who infiltrates the North is HWANG Jung-min, fresh from blockbusters such as Ode to My Father (2014), Veteran (2015) and A Violent Prosecutor. Appearing opposite him will be LEE Sung-min (Broken, 2014), CHO Jin-woong (A Hard Day, 2014) and his Asura : The City of Madness co-star JU Ji-hoon.

Speaking of Asura : The City of Madness, two other stars from that, JUNG Woo-sung and KWAK Do-won, are reuniting for a different North Korea-themed picture. This time Gang-cheol-bi from The Attorney (2013) director YANG Woo-suk. YANG is adapting his own webcomic and JUNG will play a former agent from North Korean intelligence while KWAK is on board as a senior member of the South Korean security services. Next Entertainment World will distribute the title.

Following the smash hits The Priests (2015), A Violent Prosecutor (2016) and Master, GANG Dong-won will star opposite The Beauty Inside (2015) lead HAN Hyo-joo in the thriller Golden Slumber from director NOH Dong-seok, known for festival titles My Generation (2004) and Boys of Tomorrow (2007). GANG plays a deliveryman who is framed for the assassination of the newly elected prime minister. HAN will co-star as a college friend turned radio reporter. The film, from CJ Entertainment, is based on a book by ISAKA Kotaro, which was previously adapted for the screen in Japan in 2010.
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