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(left to right, clockwise) Yoo Yeon-seok, Jo Woo-jin, Park Hae-soo, Hwang Jung-min, director Yoon Jong-bin, Ha Jung-woo / photo=Netflix+Cine21

Drama: Suriname 수리남

Episodes:  6

Release: 2022

Directed by: Yoon Jong-bin

Written by: Kwon Sung-hui, Yoon Jong-bin 

Starring: Ha Jung-woo | Hwang Jung-min | Park Hae-soo | Jo Woo-jin | Yoo Yeon-seok | Choo Ja-hyun

Produced by: Moonlight Film, Perfect Storm Film Inc.
Distributed by: Netflix



About an ordinary entrepreneur who has no choice but to risk his life in joining the secret mission of government agents to capture a Korean drug lord operating in Suriname.


Production Team

4E0B57AD-203A-4D9F-B4F8-AA1411010727.jpg  Yoon Jong-bin (Director, screenwriter)


YOON Jong-bin 윤종빈 / Director
[ kofic ] YOON Jong-bin’s debut feature, <The Unforgiven> (2005), brought him many awards, including a New Currents Award at [Pusan International Film Festival] and grabbed the industry’s attention for its selection in the non-competition Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Through this low-budget movie, which was his graduation project at Chung-Ang University and a story about a military camp, YOON is credited for showing skillful direction over a sensitive and yet over-told subject by building three-dimensional characters and a rather complete narrative. The film also heralded the earnest beginning of the acting career of [HA Jung-woo], the representative character actor of his generation. From his short film, <Identification of a Man>, through his second feature, <Beastie Boys> (2008), which cast [HA Jung-woo] again, YOON’s films consistently show 20-something men and their lives in reflection of problems of the society at large. YOON had his first mainstream hit with his next work, the crime film <Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time>. A period gangster film with CHOI Min-sik and HA Jung-woo, the film wound up with over 4.7 million admissions in 2012. Teaming up again with his friend HA, not to mention star GANG Dong-won, fresh from military service, YOON took on the summer blockbuster <Kundo: Age of the Rampant>. A Joseon Era period action film that played like a western-infused Robin Hood tale, the film took in just shy of 4.8 million admissions in 2014.


Filmography [KMDb]
[2020-02-05] The Closet (producer)
[2019-03-20] Money (producer)
[2018-08-08] The Spy Gone North (screenplay, director)
[2016-02-03] A Violent Prosecutor (producer)
[2015-01-14] Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (adaptation)
[2014-07-23] KUNDO : Age of the Rampant (director, novel writer, producer)
[2012-02-02] Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time (screenplay, director)
[2008-04-30] The Moonlight of Seoul / Beastie Boys  (screenplay, director)
[2005-11-18] The Unforgiven (screenplay, director, producer)
[2004] Identification of a Man  (screenplay, director, art director, edit) // 32 minutes 
[2004] Twenty Millimeter Thick (assistant director) // 6 minutes 

8B104A8E-12B4-4805-B120-2AA09491C0E0.jpg  Kwon Sung-hui (Screenwriter)


KWON Sung-hui 권성휘 / Screenwriter, Script Editor

Filmography [KMDb]

[2020-02-05] The Closet 클로젯 (adaptation)

[2018-08-08]The Spy Gone North 공작 (screenplay)

[2016-03-03] Elephant in the Room 방 안의 코끼리 (screenplay)

[2015-03-12] The Deal 살인의뢰 (adaptation)

[2012-10-03] Ghost Sweepers 점쟁이들 (screenplay, adaptation)
[2012-06-21] The Suck Up Project : Mr. XXX-Kisser (adaptation)

[2012-05-03] As One 코리아 (screenplay)

[2009-08-20] The Pot 독 (screenplay)



67C78A1E-219E-40F3-8C4C-A50E46B93209.jpg  Ha Jung-woo as Kang In-gu

(sets off to Suriname to make big bucks but ends up knee-deep in drug crimes instead)


7AF89C8D-235F-44E6-8196-F40ECB2B6B2F.jpg Hwang Jung-min as Jeon Yo-hwan

(a powerful drug lord who has Suriname under his thumb)


DECC299D-58AB-4AA4-9B79-957BC6E8107A.jpg Park Hae-soo as Agent Choi

(National Intelligence Service agent who oversees operations in Americas; enlists Kang In-gu’s help to capture Jeon Yo-hwan)


PARK Hae-soo / Actor 
[ kofic ] PARK Hae-soo, born in 1981, studied acting at Dankook University before starting his acting career on stage in 2007, in the play <Mr. Lobby>. Having made his name through a number of stage performances and won Best New Actor at the Korean Theatre Grand Awards, he moved to television in 2012, when he joined the extensive cast of the Goryeo Era-set drama series <God of War> (2012). Despite his appearances as a supporting character in the courtroom drama <The Unfair> (2013) and the hit thriller <Master> (2016), PARK was first brought to the attention of viewers when he played a Joseon-era official and a modern-day police office in the fantasy drama series <Six Flying Dragons> (2015-2016). He later gained wider recognition with his top-billing role in the series <Prison Playbook> (2017-2018), for which he received the Baeksang Art Award for Best New Actor in Television. In 2019, he was seen in <Collector>, YIM Pil-sung segment of the Netflix anthology film <Persona> (2019) and later starred in the drug scandal thriller <By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture> (2019).


DA86966C-71F7-4443-A307-D5B27C1DFEA9.jpg Jo Woo-jin as Byun Ki-tae

(an ethnic Korean from China & Jeon Yo-hwan’s right-hand man who carries out all his dirty work)


JO Woo-jin / Actor
[ kofic ] JO Woo-jin, born in 1979, decided after high school to go to Seoul and study drama at the Seoul Institute of the Arts despite the opposition of his parents. Having debuted on stage in 1999 performing <Last Embrace>, he spent years taking various roles in theater before making his first big screen appearance in the medium-length student film <Peels> (2009), with his first commercial film being the family drama <Mama> (2011). He has been appearing in an array of supporting roles both in films and on television but remained mostly unnoticed until 2015 when he played against LEE Byung-hun in the noir crime thriller <Inside Men> (2015). His screen presence made a strong impression on the audience, and sure enough, he signed soon after his first contract with a talent agency and started appearing more frequently on the big screen, mostly in crime thrillers. He tormented LEE Byung-hun again in 2017 in the critically acclaimed historical drama <The Fortress> (2017), this time as part of the main cast, and gained wider recognition playing in TV series such as <Squad 38> (2016) and <Guardian: The Lonely and Great God> (2017). He was also noted for his solid performance in the nuclear crisis thriller film <Steel Rain> (2017).


C4D607A4-F6DC-4924-BA6A-B7C314EC86F4.jpg Yoo Yeon-seok as David Park

(lawyer & brains behind Jeon Yo-hwan’s organization)


YOO Yeon-seok / Actor
[ kofic ] While still in high school YOO Yeon-seok had the chance to portray YU Ji-tae’s younger character in the seminal PARK Chan-wook film <Oldboy> (2003). Following his studies at Sejon University he returned to acting, first in TV dramas but he quickly got his chance on the big screen again and it wasn’t long before he made a name for himself in both independent and commercial fare. 2011 saw him take on the role of a young man looking for his adopted son in the critical darling <Re-encounter>. More arthouse fare followed with <Moscow> that same year and <Eighteen, Nineteen> and <Two Weddings and a Funeral> in the next. 2012 was also the year that he became more well-known as he took on prominent roles in a number of more commercial features such as <Horror Stories> and the enormously successful melodramas <Architecture 101> and <A Werewolf Boy>. YOO was next be seen opposite KIM In-gwon in the comedy Born to Sing. The same year he appeared in JANG Joon-hwan’s thriller <Hwayi: A Monster Boy> at the end of 2014 he starred as the king in LEE Won-suk’s <The Royal Tailor>, as well as a researcher who blows the lid off a case of stem cell fraud in YIM Soon-rye’s <The Whistleblower>. Next for YOO were the drama thriller <Perfect Proposal>, the romance <Mood of the Day> and a cameo in the high concept romcom <The Beauty Inside>.




[2021-05-27] Netflix confirms production and casting

[2021-04-xx ~ year-end] Filming

[2021-03-22] 1st script reading

[2020-11-17] Resumed (casting & pre-production stage). Confirmed (Netflix).

[2020-04-02] production postponed 

[2020-01-16] HaJungWoo returns to small screen after 13 years

[2020-01-16] HaJungwoo-HwangJungmin in talks for YoonJongbin’s Suriname




HA Jung-woo and HWANG Jung-min Considering Netflix Project SURINAME


by Pierce Conran | Jan 31, 2020 | 


KRW40 Billion Blockbuster Would Reunite Stars with Director YOON Jong-bin




The big-budget Netflix crime drama Suriname (literal title), the first series from director YOON Jong-bin, has offered leading roles to superstar HA Jung-woo and HWANG Jung-min. Representatives for the actors, who have both worked with Director YOON in the past, have confirmed that they are looking over the offers positively.


The series, which is based on real events, will focus on a Korean man who rose to become a drug lord in Suriname, a former Portuguese colony on the northern coast of South America. The project is said to carry a budget of KRW40 billion (USD33.76 million), which will likely give it the highest per-episode budget of any Korean series, outstripping shows like Mr. Sunshine and Arthdal Chronicles which also carried similar budgets but with more episodes than usual for a Netflix series.


HA and director YOON have worked extensively together ever since the indie The Unforgiven (2005), which launched both of their careers. They went on to collaborate again on Beastie Boys (2008), Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time (2012) and KUNDO : Age of the Rampant (2014). HWANG has also worked with YOON, on the acclaimed period spy drama The Spy Gone North (2018), which screened in the midnight section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. 


Location scouting is currently underway in South America and the show is expected to make its streaming debut at some point in 2021.



Ha Jungwoo and Hwang Jungmin Head to SURINAME with Yoon Jongbin for Netflix


by Pierce Conran | Jun 04, 2021


Stars Reunite with Director for Crime Series


Director Yoon Jongbin is partnering with Netlfix for the forthcoming original series Suriname. The project will see the director reunite with stars Ha Jungwoo and Hwang Jungmin, and feature Yoo Yeonseok, Jo Woojin and Park Haesoo.
Suriname, which is based on real events, will tell the story of a civilian businessman who is forced to join a secret operation being conducted by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to take down a Korean drug lord who has built a massive criminal empire in Suriname, in South America.
Ha Jungwoo, who has previously worked with Director Yoon four times, including on The Unforgiven (2005), the film that launched both of their careers, will play Kang Ingu, the businessman who recently set up shop in Suriname and unwittingly becomes involved in the drug trade. Yoon and Ha have also worked on Beastie Boys (2008), Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time (2012) and KUNDO : Age of the Rampant (2014).
Hwang Jungmin, star of Yoon’s The Spy Gone North (2018), as well as hits such as Ode to My Father (2014) and Veteran (2015), will play Jeon Yohwan, the kingpin running his drug empire out of Suriname.
Park Haesoo, who already appeared in the Netflix film Time to Hunt (2020) and is headlining two forthcoming Netlfix series, Round Six and the Korean remake of Money Heist, will play Choi Changho, head of the American branch of the NIS.
Recently seen in Steel Rain2: Summit (2020) and NEW YEAR BLUES, Yoo Yeonseok will play Yohwan’s advisor David Park. Also playing a member of Yohwan’s gang, Byeon Kitae, is Jo Woojin, recently seen in Collectors (2020) and SEOBOK.


Credits: Netflix, kobiz, KMDb, Cine21






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‘Suriname’ Confirms Its Cast Lineup: Ha Jung Woo, Hwang Jung Min, Jo Woo Jin, Yoo Yeon Seok, and More


by krishkim | March 22, 2021



Credit: CJ Entertainment


Director Yoon Jong Bin’s new drama Suriname has confirmed the golden lineup. The first filming will start next month.


According to multiple officials in the industry, Suriname additionally confirmed the casting of Jo Woo Jin, Yoo Yeon Seok, Park Hae Soo, and Choo Ja Hyun. Earlier, Ha Jung Woo and Hwang Jung Min have officially joined the project. The cast conducted their first table read on Monday.


An insider shared, “Director Yoon Jong Bin and the Suriname actors gathered to conduct the first table read yesterday. Top stars from the industry got together, and the table read was as heated as any other filming sites.”


Suriname is produced by CJ ENM and will be released through Netflix. The drama is based on the true story of a Korean who became a drug lord in Suriname, South America. It will be released as a 6-part series and has a production budget of 35 billion KRW (about 30,977,040 USD).


Ha Jung Woo, dubbed “Yoon Jong Bin’s persona,” will be working with Yoon for the fifth time. The two have already teamed up for The Unforgiven, The Moonlight Of Seoul, Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time, and KUNDO: Age of the Rampant. Hwang Jung Min also worked with Yoon in The Spy Gone North.



Credit: Warner Bros. Korea, Kingkong by Starship, Netflix, Choo Ja Hyun Instagram


For Suriname, Hwang Jung Min turns into the drug lord. Ha Jung Woo will play the character who helps the national intelligence agency to arrest the drug lord.


Jo Woo Jin, Yoo Yeon Seok, Park Hae Soo, and Choo Ja Hyun will either become drug lord’s gang members or agents of the national intelligence service.


Suriname was originally scheduled to be filmed in the Dominican Republic. However, with the outbreak of the COVID virus, the entire production was moved to Korea.


The production team plans to mainly shoot in Jeju Island and other parts of the country. Then about 20% of the filming will take place in Southeast Asian countries. Suriname will continue filming until the end of this year.


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Ha Jung Woo returns to small screen after 13 years in big-scale TV series


OSEN 2020.01.16 | translation: https://www.vlive.tv/post/1-12596253




The new production "Suriname" by Ha Jung Woo and director Yoon Jong Bin will be produced as a 10-episode drama.


As reported by OSEN on January 16, the mega-film project ''Suriname'' featuring the collaboration of director Yoon Jong Bin and actor Ha Jung Woo will be conducted as a 10-episode drama. With the estimated budget of 40 billion won, the work is expected to have the highest production cost in the history of Korean dramas, surpassing both ''Mr. Sunshine'' and the ''Arthdal Chronicles''.


Initially, director Yoon Jong Bin pondered about whether he should make "Suriname" a movie or a TV series. Finally, he decided to write the script following the format of a drama of 10 episodes.


A representative answered OSEN, "'Suriname' has started shooting this year, including the filming in the Dominican Republic with the broadcast goal of 2021. Reportedly, a part of the casting is completed."


"Suriname" - the film project in collaboration with CJ Entertainment - is considered to be extended the screening scale on more platforms like Netflix, Apple TV, and Amazon. Reportedly, this work also has drama-maker Studio Dragon's participation and is under discussion about simultaneous broadcast on tvN.


''Hit'' (MBC), the latest drama starring Ha Jung Woo and his senior Go Hyun Jung, was aired in 2007. In it, Ha Jung Woo left an impression in audiences' hearts as Kim Jae Yoon, the male lead/rookie prosecutor working in the Division of Violent Crime. Later in 2008, he rose to stardom as an actor who received the most attention when director Na Hong Jin's ''The Chaser'' was premiered. Thus, Ha Jung Woo will make a small-screen return after 13 years through the drama ''Suriname''.


"Suriname" marks the fifth collaboration between Ha Jung Woo and director Yoon Jong Bin, following the series of movies "The Unforgiven", "Beastie Boys", "Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time", and "Kundo: Age of the Rampant". The public is eagerly anticipating the final product that the two will bring through their first TV series instead of movies like in the past.


"Suriname" tells about the story of a Korean person who becomes a drug kingpin in Suriname - a republic in South America. The drama is scheduled to premiere in 2021.


OSEN = Reporter Ha Soo Jung /hsjssu@osen.co.kr | Photo = OSEN DB

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Additional reports: soompi | kofic




‘Suriname,’ Starring Ha Jung Woo & Hwang Jung Min, Has Indefinitely Postponed Its Production


by m0nthy | 2020-04-02



Credit: Naver Movie, WalkHouseCompany, Naver Movie


Suriname (working title), director Yoon Jong Bin’s new work starring Ha Jung Woo and Hwang Jung Min, has suspended its production in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.  According to the sources from the Korean movie scene on April 2, all of the production staff for Suriname were recently disbanded. The entire production plan related to the work has also been delayed for an indefinite period. Based on the true story of a Korean who became a drug lord in Suriname, the small country in South America, Suriname was originally scheduled to be made as a 10-episode blockbuster drama with a huge budget of 40 billion KRW (approximately 32.44 million USD).


The production team of Suriname, planning to film the drama on location in the Dominican Republic at the end of this year, was going to leave for the country to check on the local conditions. Unfortunately, all of those schedules has been stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. As a result, the officials involved in the production of Suriname eventually disbanded its staff and decided to see what would be ahead of themselves.  Meanwhile, other movies such as The Kidnapping and The Negotiation (both are the literally translated titles), respectively starring Ha Jung Woo and Hwang Jung Min, have also postponed its filming because of the new Coronavirus. // Source (1)




Ha Jung Woo and Hwang Jung Min’s ‘Suriname’ Confirmed to Be Released on Netflix


by krishkim | 2020-11-17


Director Yoon Jong Bin’s new project Suriname, which was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has begun its preparations with a goal to start filming next year.  According to a media outlet, Suriname is currently working on completing its cast lineup and pre-production stage in order to start shooting in March and April next year. Suriname is a new project by The Spy Gone North director Yoon Jong Bin. It will be based on the true story of a Korean man who became a drug lord in Suriname, a country in South America.


Ha Jung Woo worked with director Yoon in various works, including The Unforgiven, The Moonlight Of Seoul, Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time and KUNDO: Age of the Rampant. Hwang Jung Min worked with Yoo for the film The Spy Gone North.


Suriname is a project that CJ ENM participated in planning and is known to have a budget of 40 billion KRW (about 36.2 million USD). It was initially planned as a 10-part series but was finalized as a six-part series and will be released on Netflix.


Suriname was originally planned to be filmed in the Dominican Republic at the end of this year, but all scheduled were halted due to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The series eventually disbanded its staff in April and postponed production indefinitely. However, Suriname recently decided to build a set in Korea and film 80% of the series and shoot the rest in Southeast Asia instead of Latin America.


Yet, Ha Jung Woo will have to coordinate schedules between Suriname and Kidnapped (literal title), which was also postponed due to the COVID-19. Director Kim Sung Hoon, who will be leading Kidnapped, is currently filming Netflix’s Kingdom: Ashin of the North with his crew. // Source (1)

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27 May 2021




SEOUL, MAY 28TH  9AM KST, 2021 - Netflix has confirmed the production of its new series Suriname (WT). Based on real-life events, the story is about an ordinary entrepreneur who has no choice but to risk his life in joining the secret mission of government agents to capture a Korean drug lord operating in Suriname.

Director Yoon Jong-bin ventures into new territory with Suriname (WT), his first series and first collaboration with Netflix. Yoon Jong-bin received due attention as a top director in Korea through works such as The Spy Gone North, Kundo: Age of the Rampant, and Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time. He also established a strong foothold as a producer through works such as The Closet, Money, and A Violent Prosecutor.

Suriname (WT) features a star-studded lineup of cast members, and the synergy between these top actors and the director is very much anticipated.

Ha Jung-woo plays the role of Kang In-gu, who sets off to Suriname to make big bucks but ends up knee-deep in drug crimes instead. Ha reunites with director Yoon Jong-bin after seven years. The two men share a special working relationship that began with The Unforgiven, a stepping stone that established each man in his own field. As they rose through the ranks in their respective fields, they worked together on projects such as The Moonlight of Seoul and Kundo: Age of the Rampant.

Hwang Jung-min also reunites with Yoon Jong-bin as the director in The Spy Gone North and as a producer in A Violent Prosecutor, which had taken Korea and the Cannes Film Festival by storm. Hwang plays Jeon Yo-hwan, a powerful drug lord who has Suriname under his thumb. The series brings together veteran actors Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min for the very first time in a much-anticipated partnership.

Park Hae-soo plays Agent Choi, the National Intelligence Service agent who oversees operations in the Americas and enlists the help of Kang In-gu to capture Jeon Yo-hwan. Park proved his staying power as an actor with the films By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture, Time to Hunt, and the drama series Prison Playbook. He will also appear in Squid Game, which will be released later this year, and the new Korean remake of Money Heist (Original, La casa de papel).

Jo Woo-jin plays Byun Ki-tae, an ethnic Korean from China and Jeon Yo-hwan’s right-hand man who carries out all his dirty work. Jo is known for his roles in the films The Battle: Roar to Victory, Money and Default, and the drama series Mr. Sunshine.

Yoo Yeon-seok will transform himself into David Park, the lawyer and the brains behind Jeon Yo-hwan’s organization. From soft gentility to razor-sharp shrewdness, he showed a wide range in his acting in the film Steel Rain2: Summit and the drama series Hospital Playlist and Mr. Sunshine.

Based on true events, Suriname (WT) promises to deliver an astounding account of those mired in drug crimes in a country where law and order have little influence. This series marks Yoon Jong-bin’s first foray into a drama series and stars A-listers Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Yoo Yeon-seok, and Jo Woo-jin. Suriname (WT) will be released only on Netflix.

Production Information
Title: Suriname (WT)
Directed by: Yoon Jong-bin
Written by: Kwon Sung-hui, Yoon Jong-bin
Starring: Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Jo Woo-jin, Yoo Yeon-seok
Produced by: Moonlight Film, Perfect Storm Film Inc.
Distributed by: Netflix


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Yoo Yeon Seok, Ha Jung Woo, Hwang Jung Min, And More Confirmed For New Crime Drama


May 28, 2021
by C. Hong

Netflix’s upcoming original series “Suriname” has announced its main cast!

On May 28, Netflix confirmed that director Yoon Jong Bin’s new series, “Suriname,” would be airing via the streaming platform.

“Suriname” is a drama about a civilian businessman who winds up helping the National Intelligence Service’s secret operation to take down a Korean drug king who is operating in the South American country of Suriname. It is loosely based on a real story.

Director Yoon Jong Bin’s previous projects include the films “The Spy Gone North,” “Kundo: Age of the Rampant,” and “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time.”

Ha Jung Woo, Hwang Jung Min, Park Hae Soo, Jo Woo Jin, and Yoo Yeon Seok have been confirmed for the cast of “Suriname.” Ha Jung Woo will star as Kang In Goo, the main character, who starts up a business in Suriname hoping to get rich but ends up getting caught in a world of illegal drugs. Hwang Jung Min will co-star as Jeon Yo Hwan, the drug king who is controlling the underground world of Suriname.

Park Hae Soo will play Choi Chang Ho, the team leader of the Americas branch of the National Intelligence Service, who enlists Kang In Goo in his plan to take down Jeon Yo Hwan. Jo Woo Jin will play Byun Gi Tae, an ethnic Korean born and raised in China, who is Jeon Yo Hwan’s right-hand man and takes care of all his dirty business. Yoo Yeon Seok will play David Park, a lawyer who advises Jeon Yo Hwan and acts as the brains of the crime syndicate.



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Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min confirmed to star in 'Suriname'

By Kwak Yeon-soo | 2021-05-28

Actors Ha Jung-woo, left, and Hwang Jung-min / Courtesy of CJ Entertainment

Park Hae-soo, Yoo Yeon-seok and Jo Woo-jin will join Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min in the star-studded cast of "Suriname," a new Netflix Korea original series.

Filmmaker Yoon Jong-bin, whose credits include "Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time" (2012), "Kundo: Age of the Rampant" (2014) and "The Spy Gone North" (2018), is set to helm his first TV series. 

Based on a true story, "Suriname" revolves around a man named Jeon Yo-han (Hwang) who rose to become a drug lord in Suriname, a former Portuguese colony on the northern coast of South America. 

Ha, who is set to star in a TV drama for the first time in 14 years since 2007's "H.I.T.," will star as a businessman named Kang In-goo who gets embroiled in drug-related crimes but chooses to cooperate with the National Intelligence Service. 

Park, who left a strong impression on viewers by playing the merciless villain in the 2020 dystopian action thriller "Time to Hunt," will play the secret agent who chases after Jeon while Jo will appear as a close aide of the drug kingpin. Ahead of "Suriname," Jo is starring in the thriller "Hard Hit" that will be released in theaters in June. 

Yoo, who will appear in season 2 of the series "Hospital Playlist" next, will be playing a lawyer for the drug lord. 

The 40 billion won ($35.8 million) budget project was supposed to be filmed in the Dominican Republic, but the pandemic has thwarted the production team's original plan and they shot majority of the series in Korea. Only about 20 percent of the film will be shot in Southeast Asia instead of Latin America.

Netflix hasn't announced an official premiere date for "Suriname."


Related report: zapzee | kobiz | 

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K-drama, film productions halted by COVID-19 resurgence

By Kwak Yeon-soo | 2021-07-08

TV and film productions are being halted as the country enters what appears to be a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections. Companies including KBS and Netflix confirmed disruptions to their shooting schedules. 

On Tuesday, a press conference for tvN's reality show "Udo Inn" was canceled abruptly because actress Kim Hee-sun had to undergo COVID-19 testing after Cha Ji-yeon, who has been starring in the musical "Red Book" and preparing for the upcoming musical "Gwanghwamun Sonata" and Netflix's series "The Bride of Black," tested positive for the virus on Sunday.   Kim as well as the rest of the cast and crew for "The Bride of Black" have been tested and were all confirmed negative.   Cha's infection has also dented the live theater sector. The musical "Red Book" has been suspended until July 17, while a press conference for "Gwanghwamun Sonata," which was originally scheduled for Monday, was called off.

Since the beginning of July, the number of new confirmed cases in Korea has shot up, prompting the government to review elevating the social distancing rule to the highest level. Some 1,275 cases were reported on Thursday, the highest tally Korea has seen throughout this pandemic which began early last year.

Earlier on July 2, the production team for the crime drama film "Bogota: City of the Lost," starring Song Joong-ki, announced it halted filming after one of the actors had been in contact with a person known to have been infected.  "Shooting of the film will not resume until the whole cast and crew end their self-quarantine. We will adjust production schedules after paying close attention to the situation and making full preparations for safety," the film's distributor Megabox Plus M said. 

KBS, a major public broadcaster, has suspended filming the daily TV series "Be My Dream Family" after an actor tested positive on Monday. The cast and crew all tested negative, but the show will not be airing episodes from July 19 to 23 as a result of the precautionary measure.  "Complying with the health guidelines of the government and for the safety of our cast and crew, we have decided to pause production schedules for now," the production team said. 

Korean media reported that Netflix has halted some productions including "Suriname" a crime drama film starring Hwang Jung-min and Ha Jung-woo, and "Money Heist," a Korean remake of a Spanish crime series revolving around a group of criminals carrying out a major heist planned by a mastermind.

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