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Drug King 







Director: Woo Min-Ho

[Inside Men, The Spies]

Writer: Woo Min-Ho

[Inside Men, The Spies]

Release Date: December 19th, 2018

Distributor: Showbox


Set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970's, Lee Doo-Sam (Song Kang-Ho) works as a drug smuggler. A public prosecutor (Cho Jung-Seok) attempts to 
take down Lee Doo-Sam.


Song Kang-Ho and Cho Jung-Seok previously appeared together in 2013 film “The Face Reader.”



Song Kang-Ho - Lee Doo-Sam



Cho Jung-Seok - Kim In-Goo



Bae Doo-Na - Kim Jung-A



Lee Sung-Min - Seo Sang-Hoon



Kim Dae-Myung - Lee Doo-Hwan




Kim So-Jin - Sung Sook-Kyung




Lee Hee-Joon - Choi Jin-Pil




Jo Woo-Jin - Jo Sung-Kang



Heo Ga-Yoon - Jong-Soon
Yoon Je-Moon - yakuza
Park Kyung-Hye - Lee Kyung-Ja

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November 24, 2016


SONG Kang-ho Becomes a DRUG KING
INSIDE MEN Director’s 70s Crime Thriller


by Pierce Conran / KoBiz




Top Korean thespian SONG Kang-ho has signed on to play the lead in a new thriller from WOO Min-ho, the director of Inside Men (2015). Drug King, a period thriller, is now one among three upcoming projects for the busy star. 


Drug King will feature SONG playing a man putting together a drug empire in Busan in the 1970s. The project will go before cameras at some point in the first half of next year, after SONG completes principal photography on his new thriller Fifth Column, which is expected to begin shooting this month.


After a big 2013, in which he featured in Snowpiercer, The Face Reader and The Attorney, SONG had a quiet 2014 before returning last year in LEE Joon-ik’s The Throne and this year with KIM Jee-woon’s smash The Age of Shadows. He recently wrapped production on the 1980s-set drama Taxi Driver, in which he plays alongside German actor Thomas Kretchsmann.


WOO’s Inside Men was a major smash last year, drawing 7.07 million viewers on its original release, and a further 2.08 million spectators when a director’s cut was released a few months later. Prior to Inside Men, WOO made the revenge thriller Man Of Vendetta (2010) and the action-thriller The Spies (2012)

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April 10, 2017


BAE Doo-na Partners with DRUG KING SONG Kang-ho
JO Jung-suk Joins Cast of Latest from Director of INSIDE MEN


by Pierce Conran / KoBiz




Global star BAE Doo-na has joined the crime drama Drug King as the female lead opposite previously cast male star SONG Kang-ho. JO Jung-suk has also joined the cast of director WOO Min-ho’s follow up to his smash hit political corruption thriller Inside Men (2015). The film takes place in Busan’s crime underworld in the 1970s.


Known to international audiences for her roles in popular Korean films such as PARK Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and BONG Joon-ho’s The Host (2006), BAE Doo-na has also forged a career in English-language works by the Wachowski Siblings, such as their sci-fi opus Cloud Atlas (2012) and their Netflix TV show Sense8. Last year she appeared in the hit disaster drama Tunnel from director KIM Seong-hun.


After rising to leading man status in romantic comedy My Love, My Bride in 2014, JO Jung-suk has appeared in a variety of works, most recently the fantasy romantic thriller Time Renegades (2016) and the family comedy MY ANNOYING BROTHER (2016).


Also joining the thriller are LEE Sung-min (Broken, 2014), YOON Je-moon (Mother, 2009), KIM Dae-myeong (The Last Princess, 2016), LEE Hui-joon (SORI: Voice from the Heart, 2016) and JO U-jin (Inside Men). Cameras for Drug King begin rolling on in May. The project is being financed and distributed by Showbox.

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October 8, 017


Bae Doo-na, Song Kang-ho finish shooting ‘Drug King’

Filming of the much-anticipated crime flick “Drug King” featuring Bae Doo-na, Song Kang-ho and Jo Jung-suk has wrapped up, according to an Instagram post by Bae on Saturday. 


Bae uploaded a photo of herself receiving a bouquet of flowers from a member of the filming crew.


“That’s a wrap,” Bae captioned the photo. 


Actor Song is also seen clapping in the picture. 


(Bae Doo-na's Instagram)


The film set in 1970s Korea traces the story of the infamous drug kingpin Lee Doo-sam, who was a major distributor of drugs and a dangerous boss of a gang.


The film directed by Woo Min-ho -- who was behind “Inside Men” (2015) -- will open in theaters next year.



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October 24, 2017


Song Kang-ho says ‘Drug King’ is unique film


From left: Director Woo Min-ho, Jo Jung-suk, Song Kang-ho and Bae Doo-na pose for a photo on the set of “Drug King” on Oct. 10 in Busan. (Showbox)


Actor Song Kang-ho called his upcoming project “Drug King” unprecedented in Korean cinema.


“I think (people) will discover a unique aspect that hasn’t been seen in any genre of Korean cinema,” Song said in a press release Tuesday.


In the crime thriller, Song will star as Lee Doo-sam, a character based on a real-life infamous drug kingpin in the 1970s. 


The film is helmed by Woo Min-ho, who previously directed the hit 2015 political thriller “Inside Men.” 


Song most recently starred in director Jang Hoon’s “A Taxi Driver.” 


Shooting for “Drug King” began in May and wrapped up Oct. 10 in Busan, according to the film’s distributor Showbox. 


Bae Doo-na stars alongside Song as Kim Jeong-ah, a lobbyist. “It is the first time I’ve worked with (Song) in 10 years since ‘The Host,’” said Bae, referring to Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 creature thriller. “Every moment on set was joyful.” 


The film also stars Jo Jung-suk. It is set to hit local theaters next summer. 


By Rumy Doo (doo@heraldcorp.com

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November 6, 2017


SONG Kang-ho and BAE Doo-na Wrap DRUG KING in Busan
WOO Min-ho’s INSIDE MEN Follow-up also Features JO Jung-suk


by Pierce Conran / KoBiz


Production on DRUG KING, one of next year’s most anticipated releases, concluded on October 10th in Busan. Starring SONG Kang-ho, BAE Doo-na and JO Jung-suk, the crime thriller is director WOO Min-ho’s follow-up to his 2015 hit Inside Men with LEE Byung-hun.


Set in the southern port city Busan during the 1970s, DRUG KING chronicles the rise of real life drug dealer LEE Doo-sam, to be played by SONG, while BAE plays an influential government lobbyist. 


Lead SONG is fresh off the year’s biggest hit, after starring in JANG Hun’s Gwangju drama A Taxi Driver, which drove post 12 million viewers at the box office this summer. BAE most recently appeared in last year’s hit disaster film Tunnel alongside HA Jung-woo, as well as this year’s popular TV show Strangers. She is currently preparing for the two-hour series finale of Netflix show Sense8. SONG and BAE have appeared together before, both in PARK Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and BONG Joon-ho’s The Host (2006).


Meanwhile JO has been busy graduating to leading man status since 2014’s My Love, My Bride, having starred in Time Renegades and My Annoying Brother last year, while also being active on the small screen.


Following his earlier films Man of Vendetta (2010) and The Spies (2012), director WOO struck box office gold with Inside Men, which was released in two versions in late 2015. Combined, the releases welcomed 9.16 million spectators (USD 65.2 million) and bagged several prizes from the Blue Dragon, Daejong, Korean Film Critics and Asian Film Awards, among others.


Distributor Showbox will release the film at some point next year.

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January 25, 2018


Song Kang-ho’s ‘Drug King’ set for summer release

Versatile actor Song Kang-ho will take on the role of a 1970s drug lord in the upcoming film “Drug King,” set for release this summer.


Producers of the film on Thursday released a still that showed Song as the movie’s protagonist Lee Doo-sam. 


A film still from “Drug King” (Showbox)


The photo shows Song sitting in what appears to be his office, which has lavish decorations and guns hanging on the wall. The shot is somewhat reminiscent of an iconic scene from the 1983 movie “Scarface,” starring iconic actor Al Pacino as Tony Montana.


“Via the character of Lee Doo-sam, which is a culmination of the people who lived in the 1970s, I sought to shed light on the eras that we’ve lived through,” said Song.


Inspired by a real-life crime boss, the crime drama is directed by Woo Min-ho, who was behind the 2015 political thriller “Inside Men,” which delved into the corruption among political, business and legal circles.


The upcoming movie’s cast includes Jo Jung-suk, Bae Doona, Lee Sung-min and Lee Hee-jun. 


By Yoon Min-sik (minsikyoon@heraldcorp.com)

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February 26, 2018


Showbox Shops Five Genre Titles at EFM


by Pierce Conran / KoBiz





Korean distributor Showbox, which scored one of its biggest ever hits last summer with the release of the political drama A Taxi Driver (2017), is shopping five titles at this year’s European Film Market (EFM), ranging from their current Lunar New Year hit Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead to their major summer tentpole The Drug King.


Released in Korea on February 8, the new Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead, which is the third title in the period sleuth comedy franchise, reunites stars KIM Myung-min and OH Dal-su as they tackle a new case with a supernatural angle. After 11 days in theaters, the film has accumulated 2.08 million viewers (USD 15.75 million) and is still going strong.


Next month will see the release of the found footage horror film GONJIAM: Haunted Asylum. From Epitaph (2007) filmmaker JUNG Bum-shik, the film follows a group of youths investigating a haunted mental asylum for a live web program.


Later this year, PARK Nu-ri, formerly an assistant director on RYOO Seung-wan’s The Berlin File (2013), will make her feature directorial debut with the stock market caper Money, featuring rising star RYU Jun-yeol (A Taxi Driver, 2017), alongside YOO Ji-tae (The Swindlers, 2017). 


Following his 2015 hit Inside Men, director WOO Min-ho returns with the period gangland crime drama The Drug King. The title features A Taxi Driver (2017) stars SONG Kang-ho as a rising drug king-pin in 1970s Busan. The film co-stars BAE Doo-na (Tunnel, 2016) and JO Jung-suk (MY ANNOYING BROTHER, 2016).


Finally, Spring, Snow (2012) filmmaker KIM Tae-gyoon will return with the thriller Dark Figure of Crime, which features KIM Yun-seok of 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) as a detective who enters a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a jailed murderer played by JU Ji-hoon, recently seen in the fantasy epic Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017).

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November 19, 2018


New film looks at dramatic life of notorious Korean drug kingpin of the 1970s

By Shim Sun-ah


SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Yonhap) -- Set in the 1970s South Korea "when even exporting drugs was praised as a patriotic act," according to promotional material, "Drug King" tells the true life story of an ordinary low-level narcotics dealer who becomes a notorious Korean drug kingpin.


"It's a fun movie about the ups and downs of a man who lived as a drug lord under the '70s nationwide slogan of 'Let's become wealthier,'" Woo Min-ho, director of the new film, said during a promotional press conference at a theater in Seoul on Monday. "I think it was a gloomy but glorious age at the same time. Our actors and filming staff tried to depict the era in multidimensional ways."


This image provided by Showbox is a scene from "Drug King". (Yonhap)

This image provided by Showbox is a scene from "Drug King". (Yonhap)


In the '60s and '70s, South Korea achieved marvelous economic growth, driven by exports, from the ashes of the 1950-53 Korean War, but endured military dictatorship by then President Park Chung-hee.


The movie's protagonist, Lee Doo-sam, was inspired by the notorious real-life figure with the same name, a drug kingpin based in the country's southern coastal city of Busan.


"I heard the story of him for the first time from the head of the production company behind 'Inside Men,'" Woo said, referring to his 2015 box office hit. "I felt it was ironic and exciting that South Korea had a heyday of meth because of Japan's strong anti-drug laws in the '70s. Korea produced meth with raw materials from Japan and exported the complete products back to the country under a system like today's OEM."


Song Kang-ho, of the 2017 smash-hit historical drama movie "A Taxi Driver," plays the title character, Lee, and Cho Jung-seok plays Kim In-gu, a righteous prosecutor who comes down from Seoul to Busan to apprehend Lee. Actress Bae Doo-na plays a lobbyist named Kim Jeong-ah who guides Lee into the upper echelons of the drug industry.


When questioned about the casting process, Woo said he initially thought that it would be impossible to cast Song, an A-list actor, but that if Song agreed to take part, it could open the way for participation from other talented actors.


"I now feel my dream has come true because Song chose to be in the film without hesitation."


It marks Song's first appearance on the big screen after "A Taxi Driver," seen by 12 million people.


"The film's opening was originally scheduled for this summer but was postponed to December for many reasons. But thanks to the delay, we became able to more intensely do the post-production work," said the veteran actor. "I think the result is a film in which director Woo gave his all, and I'm one of those who highly anticipate its release."


Song said since he has mainly taken roles of a petit bourgeois or folks who feel like ordinary neighbors he expects to show off his different side in the forthcoming film.


Bae of the Hollywood film "Cloud Atlas" and the Netflix series "Sense8" speaks three different foreign languages -- English, Japanese and French -- for the lobbyist role.


"I thought it would be a good chance to use what I have studied while filming in other countries so far. So it wasn't difficult to speak those languages," she said.


To reconstruct streets from the period, the production team made costumes for the cast members, whose total number was around 4,000, with '70s retro style fabrics from Japan.


The actress said it was really fun to shoot the film because the costumes team transformed her into a fashionable lobbyist of the period in a departure from her normal roles as plain citizens.


When asked how his new feature is different from "Inside Men," the director answered that he thinks they are two different films.


"It's a crime movie but not a typical one. It focuses on the people who lived in the '70s," he said.


He also emphasized that "Drug King" is a purely commercial film through which he intended to convey no specific social message.


"As an epic spanning a decade and multiple characters who lived in the '70s, it has much to see. You can have a new experience from the film, which is not too heavy but not too light."


The film is set to open in theaters on Dec. 19.



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