LEE Hae-young’s fourth film Believer, the explosive remake of Johnny TO’s noir action Drug War, has booked itself a North American theatrical release through local distributor Well Go USA. The film will open in limited Stateside theaters on June 8.
The Handmaiden (2016) star CHO Jin-woong features as a detective hellbent on taking down the mysterious Mr. LEE, who heads the largest drug operation in Korea. After an explosion at a drug lab, he teams up with Rak, a disgruntled subordinate played by rising star RYU Jun-yeol (A Taxi Driver, 2017). Together, they hatch a plan to lure out the mysterious drug kingpin.
Korean distributor CONTENTS PANDA brought the film to the Cannes Film Market earlier this month, where it screened to buyers and festival programmers, from whom it earned an enthusiastic response.
Meanwhile, Believer opened domestically on May 22, which was the Buddha’s Birthday holiday in Korea. The film drummed up strong sales to push out Deadpool 2 as it bowed with over 370,000 admissions (USD 3.19 million) on day one.
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