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KIM Yun-seok and BAE Doo-na Catch VIRUS
May 08, 2019
- Writerby Pierce Conran
JUVENILE OFFENDER Director Returns with 1st Commercial Feature
Stars KIM Yun-seok and BAE Doo-na will join forces on screen for the first time in the upcoming film Virus (literal title). The project will mark the first commercial feature film of acclaimed indie filmmaker KANG Yi-kwan.
KIM will play a researcher investigating a peculiar virus that causes its hosts to experience feelings of love. BAE is on board to play a virus host under the researcher’s care.
Star of The Chaser (2008), The Thieves (2012) and many other Korean hits, KIM recently made the jump to the director’s chair with the release of his well-received directorial debut Another Child earlier this year. BAE appeared alongside SONG Kang-ho in the period crime saga The Drug King last year and kicked off 2019 with the Joseon Era zombie series Kingdom, Netflix’s first fully backed original production in Korea. She will join the production of Virus after completing filming on the second season of Kingdom.
Director KANG debuted as a film director with the well-received Sakwa in 2008, which he followed with the equally acclaimed Juvenile Offender, which had its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. Virus was originally set to go into production almost five years ago, when it was named Love Is Virus and was set to KANG’s Sakwa lead LEE Sun-kyun.
Virus is expected to get underway in the second half of 2019.