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25 films from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa to tempt festival directors in 2021

 

BY JEAN NOH, SILVIA WONG, MELANIE GOODFELLOW | 26 JANUARY 2021

 

In a year when festivals will hope for the return of audiences, industry and some sense of normalcy, Screen rounds up key contenders vying for the attention of programmers out of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. (*denotes film previously appeared in Screen’s 2020 list)  

 

 

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Anatomy Of Time (Thai-Fr-Neth-Sing)

Dir. Jakrawal Nilthamrong

Thai filmmaker Jakrawal’s Vanishing Point, a drama revolving around a horrific car crash, won Rotterdam’s Tiger Award in 2015. His second feature is a spiritual time-shifting drama following a woman from her carefree 20s in 1960s rural Thailand to present-day Bangkok as an older army general’s wife. This four-way co-production has secured Singapore’s IMDA Southeast Asian coproduction grant.  Thailand-based lead producers Mai Meksawan and Chatchai Chaiyon previously produced Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s Manta Ray, which won best film in Venice’s Horizons sidebar in 2018. 

Contact: Diversion 

 

Barbarian Invasion (HK, Malay, Phil)

Dir. Tan Chui Mui
Pioneering Malaysian New Wave director Tan Chui Mui appears in front of the camera in her latest film as a washed-up actress who goes through martial arts training for a comeback role while searching for her identity. The cast also includes Pete Teo (Ghost In The Shell) and Bront Palarae (Folklore). The film is produced by Malaysia’s Woo Ming Jin and Bianca Balbuena from the Philippines as part of B2B A Love Supreme, a six-title film project put together by Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and China’s Heaven Pictures. Tan made wave with her debut Love Conquers All, which received Busan New Currents Award and Rotterdam Tiger Award. 

Contact: HKIFF Collection 

 

Decision To Leave (S Kor)

Dir. Park Chan-wook

The Handmaiden director and Cannes regular is in production on his latest feature with an aim to wrap in March. The film stars Park Hae-il (The Host) as a detective drawn to a mysterious widow (Tang Wei) while investigating her husband’s death. Moho Film is producing with CJ Entertainment backing and distributing. 

Contact: CJ Entertainment 

 

Emergency Declaration (S Kor)

Dir. Han Jae-rim

The King director’s latest feature is a highly anticipated disaster film about the events surrounding an aeroplane that is forced to make an emergency landing following an unexpected disaster. Parasite star Song Kang-ho heads a cast that also includes Lee Byung-hun (The Man Standing Next) and Jeon Do-yeon (The Housemaid). 

Contact: Showbox sales@showbox.co.kr

 

Escape From Mogadishu * (S Kor)

Dir. Ryoo Seung-wan

Previously titled simply as Mogadishu, veteran director Ryoo’s highly anticipated action drama stars Kim Yoon-seok (1987: When The Day Comes), Zo In-sung (The Great Battle) and Huh Joon-ho (Default). Although North and South Korean embassy people have a history of diplomatic clashes in Africa, when civil war breaks out in Somalia’s capital, they are forced to cooperate to escape. In post-production, the film is aiming for theatrical release in the second half of 2021. 

Contact: Lotte Entertainment

 

Heaven: To The Land Of Happiness * (S Kor)

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Dir. Im Sang-soo

This Cannes 2020 label film selected to The Faithful category is The Housemaid director’s latest. It has yet to be screened anywhere and the big question is whether it could still find a physical festival berth this year. With a release date still up in the air because of the pandemic, Im is continuing to work on post-production on the film. The humorous drama about two terminally ill men stars Choi Min-sik (Old Boy) and Park Hae-il (The Host). 

Contact: Finecut

 

Hostage: Missing Celebrity (S Kor)

Dir. Pil Gam-sung

Hwang Jung-min (Veteran) stars in this thriller about a movie star who is abducted and realises through his kidnappers’ extreme brutality that they are not the pranksters he initially thought. As the ransom deadline approaches, he looks to escape. Produced by Filmmaker R&K (Veteran), Hostage is Pil’s feature debut. 

Contact: Contents Panda 

 

Memoria (Thai-Mex-UK-Ger-Ch)

Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Weerasethakul’s first major feature outside of Thailand, Memoria shot in Colombia in the second half of 2019 but post-production was halted in 2020 due to the pandemic. Weerasethakul reunites long-time with collaborator Tilda Swinton who plays a woman who travels to Colombia where the unfamiliar sights and sounds send her on an inner journey. Other cast members including French actress Jeanne Balibar and Argentine actor Daniel Gimenez Cacho. The director’s long-time sales agent Match Factory – which also handled his Palme D’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – is promising a 2021 launch. 

Contact: Match Factory 

 

The Point Men (S Kor)

Dir. Yim Soon-rye

Based on real-life events around a Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan, Yim’s drama stars Hwang Jung-min (The Spy Gone North) as a highly skilled South Korean diplomat sent to negotiate with the Taliban. When talks falter, he teams up with a special agent played by Hyun Bin (Late Autumn). Megabox Plus M is targeting this as a major 2021 release locally. 

Contact: Megabox Plus M 

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Servando Magdamag (Phil)

Dir. Lav Diaz
Following collaborations on Berlinale Silver Bear winner A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery and Venice Golden Lion The Woman Who Left, the Filipino auteur reunites with his leading man John Lloyd Cruz in a new social-political drama. Shot in Diaz’s signature black and white, the film stars Cruz as the son of a feudal family who has to confront the grim realities of his identity. The script is adapted by Ricky Lee from his own award-winning short story. 

Contact: ABS-CBN Films, Pia Bacungan-Laurel 

 

The Story Of Southern Islet (Malay)

Dir. Chong Keat Aun

Chong won multiple awards including best new director at Taiwan’s Golden Horse awards in 2020 for this film. Set in a Malaysian village near the Thai border, it follows a woman as she seeks a cure for her husband when he falls mysteriously ill, eventually turning to a shaman. The picture ran into hot water with censors back home for its exploration of traditional supernatural beliefs, but escaped major cuts. 

Contact: Lim Hui Bee, Asteri Production  

 

Terrorizers (Malay-Tai-Fr)

Dir. Ho Wi-ding

Following Cities Of Last Things, which won the top prize in Toronto’s Platform section in 2018, Taiwan-based Malaysian director Ho pays homage to Edward Yang’s 1986 drama The Terrorizers. The film is set in a pre-Covid Taipei, where a group of disenchanted souls are lost in a parallel virtual world. The film is backed by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and produced by Ho’s regular collaborator Sunny Hu of Taipei-based Changhe Films. The cast includes popular young actors Austin Lin (IWeirDo) and JC Lin (The Scoundrels) and respected actress Ding Ning, who won Golden Horse for best supporting actress for her performance in Cities Of Last Things. 

Contact: Changhe Films 

 

White Building (Camb)

Dir. Kavich Neang

The debut feature of Cambodia’s Neang builds on his award-winning 2019 documentary Last Night I Saw You Smiling exploring the 2017 demolition of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building house project where he grew up. Here, the filmmaker transposes these experiences into a drama about a teenager who believes part of his memory will be destroyed when his childhood home is razed to the ground. The film was recently showcased in the Coming Soon pitching event of the TorinoFilmLab (TFL) in December, where it won one of the €45,000 TFL Audience Design Fund Awards. 

Contact: Anti-Archive 

 

Taste (Viet, Sing, Fr, Thai, Ger)

Dir. Le Bao

Self-taught Vietnamese director Le Bao made his mark with shorts Coal and Scent, set against the rarely filmed backdrops of the slums of Saigon where he grew up. His debut feature revolves around a Nigerian footballer in Vietnam who heads to an abandoned house with four female acquaintances for three days of communal living after his sporting ambitions are cut short by a broken leg. 

Contact:  Antoine Guilhem, Wild Bunch International 

 

Yuni (Indonesia-Sing-Fr)

Dir. Kamila Andini

A teenager sees her dreams of attending university under threat following a marriage proposal in Kamila’s fourth feature. The filmmaker’s debut The Mirror Never Lies travelled to more than 30 festivals, while her second film The Seen And The Unseen won multiple festival awards including the grand prix international jury prize of the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus in 2018. This new film is a three-way co-production backed by Singapore’s IMDA Southeast Asian co-production grant and France’s CNC and produced by her husband Ifa Isfansyah and Singapore-based Fran Borgia, whose credits include Locarno 2018 Golden Leopard winner A Land Imagined. 

Contact: Sebastien Chesneau, Cercamon 

 

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Silver screen stars rush to small screen amid protracted pandemic

 

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- As the protracted novel coronavirus pandemic has affected the South Korean film industry and accelerated a platform shift throughout, big-name movie stars and filmmakers are wading into the small screen.

 

Choi Min-sik, who gained international fame for the Cannes-winning thriller "Oldboy" (2003), will star in a TV series titled "Casino," whose detailed cast and production schedule have not yet been revealed.  It is Choi's first TV project in 24 years since his last soap opera "Love and Separation" in 1997, while director Kang Yoon-sung will also make his small screen debut after creating the hit crime action film "The Outlaws" (2017).  Choi is one of the most successful silver screen stars in South Korea, having a number of box office hits under his belt, including "The Admiral: Roaring Currents," which attracted a record 17.6 million moviegoers.

 

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Actor Choi Min-sik in a file photo provided by Lotte Entertainment (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

Jeon Do-yeon, who won the best actress prize at the 2007 Cannes film festival for her performance in the drama film "Secret Sunshine," will also return to the K-drama scene after five years following "The Good Wife" in 2016.  She will take a lead role in the upcoming drama "Disqualified as a Human" to be aired in the second half of this year on JTBC.  It is also the first TV project of director Hur Jin-ho, who is famous for melodrama films like "One Fine Spring Day" (2001) and "Christmas in August" (1998).

 

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Prolific actor Ha Jung-woo will go on a rare outing to the small screen in 14 years with the Netflix original "Surinam," along with Hwang Jung-min, who recently wrapped up his TV project "Hush." Ha's last TV show was the crime drama "H.I.T" in 2007.  Renowned filmmaker Yoon Jong-bin, who directed "The Spy Gone North" (2018) and "Kundo: Age of the Rampant" (2014), will be in charge of the six-episode blockbuster project.

 

Rising silver screen stars Yoo Ah-in and Park Jung-min have teamed up with "Train to Busan" (2016) director Yeon Sang-ho for the Netflix-funded series "Hellbound," expected to be released later this year.

 

Actress Jeon Jong-seo, who made an impressive debut with Lee Chang-dong's "Burning" (2018), will take a role in the Korean adaptation of the Spanish Netflix original "Money Heist."

 

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This year's unprecedented rush of movie stars and film directors came as the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has hit the film industry throughout 2020. Releases of numerous films have been put off, and productions of big-budget projects have been suspended.

 

At the same time, the changing landscape of the media industry has been easing the barrier between the big and small screens, stemming from the emergence of new platforms like Netflix.

 

The production value and scope of television have been rising thanks to the fierce competition in the streaming industry led by Netflix, which has been increasing investment into the Korean show business.

 

Many star actors also found it better to expose themselves to viewers around the world by appearing in a popular Netflix series than in a film available only in Korea, according to industry experts.

 

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Celebs to return to small screen this year

 

By Nam Ji-eun, staff reporter | Feb.17, 2021

 

As the Korean film industry shrinks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, big-name stars and directors turn to TV dramas

 

“Stars are coming!” The line is a parody of “Tiger Is Coming,” the song by Leenalchi that became a viral hit online.  The line is also a prophecy, and one that fans of Korean drama are likely to hum throughout the year. In fact, quite a few movie stars are coming to television screens.  Both those who have juggled films and dramas and those who have focused on cinema have opted to star in dramas this year. Their decisions seem to be motivated both by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and by the growth of video streaming services.

 

Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo, Koo Kyo-hwan and Jeon Jong-seo set to grace the small screen

 

The question is how well these actors’ cinematic star power will translate on the small screen.

 

Choi Min-sik, an actor who regularly draws huge audiences to Korean theaters, will appear in his first drama in 24 years. “Casino,” set in the titular gambling establishment, tells the story of a man who’s had his share of ups and downs. (The channel that will broadcast the show hasn’t been announced yet.). As it happens, Choi cut his teeth on television dramas. He first got noticed in the 1990 drama “Ambitious Times” and rose to stardom in “The Moon of Seoul” (1994). But he has focused on films since shooting his last drama “Love and Parting” (1997).  So why is Choi returning to dramas? “For a while now I’ve been craving a show with a good theme and good material that I could take my time on,” he explained.

 

Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min will be starring in “Suriname,” on Netflix. The last drama Ha appeared in was “Hit” on MBC, 14 years ago. The show is based on the true story of a Korean who becomes a drug lord in the South American country of Suriname.

 

Drama watchers will also be getting their first taste of two actors thought to represent the future of the Korean film industry: Jeon Jong-seo and Koo Kyo-hwan.  Jeon Jong-seo was catapulted to fame when she played the lead in “Burning,” a 2018 film by Lee Chang-dong.  Koo Kyo-hwan debuted in the short film “Boys” (2008), but he made a big splash with his memorable performance in last year’s film “Peninsula.”  Jeon will be appearing in a Korean remake of “Money Heist” (original Spanish title: “La casa de papel”), an original Netflix drama made in Spain. In the drama, a brilliant strategist and a team of thieves with unique skills stage a heist, leading to an unprecedented hostage situation.  Koo will star in “D.P.,” an original Netflix drama adapted from a webtoon by Kim Bo-tong. He plays a private in the military police who joins a team charged with arresting a deserter, but soon finds himself in a confusing situation. The original webtoon created a stir with its realistic depiction of brutality and human rights issues in the military.

 

Jun Ji-hyun, Song Hye-kyo, Go Hyun-jung and Lee Jung-jae are among the stars returning from hiatus

 

A surprising number of stars who’d straddled the fence between the silver and small screens, or who’d been taking some time off, are rushing into TV productions.  Song Hye-kyo will be starring in “The Glory” (channel TBD), her first TV series in the three years since “Encounter” (2018). This is also the first revenge drama by screenwriter Kim Eun-sook, who typically writes romantic comedies. In the series, Song plays a teacher who’s plotting revenge for the violence she suffered at school.  Jeon Do-yeon will be appearing on the JTBC show “Disqualified from Being Human,” alongside Ryu Jun-yeol.  Lee Jung-jae will be returning to the small screen with “Round Six,” a Netflix show about a game with 45.6 billion won (US$41.17 million) in prize money, while Go Hyun-jung will make her return with “Someone Like You,” on JTBC.  Jun Ji-hyun will appear on tvN in the mystery series “Cliffhanger,” written by Kim Eun-hee and produced by Lee Eung-bok. This will be Jun’s first TV show in the five years since “Legend of the Blue Sea” (2016). She plays a park ranger who rescues people in distress on Mount Jiri.  Song Joong-ki stars in “Vincenzo,” a series that kicks off on Feb. 20 on tvN, as the eponymous lawyer for the Italian mafia who comes to Korea to betray his organization.

 

What’s bringing big-ticket stars and directors to TV dramas?

 

It’s unusual for so many big-name stars to appear in television series at the same time. Industry sources say the biggest reason is that Korea’s film industry has shrunk.  The industry took a big hit following the outbreak of COVID-19 last year. Many films’ release dates had to be pushed back, and as countries closed their doors, production was halted on films that were supposed to be shot overseas.

 

Another appealing factor for big stars is a transformation of the television production process. Streaming services typically film episodes well in advance and have heftier budgets.  The number one reason that big-name stars have shied away from TV dramas is because of the just-in-time shooting schedule of shows that often felt like live broadcasts.  But more recently, deep-pocketed producers such as Netflix have started shooting episodes with more time to spare. That has led to high-quality television dramas that could give some films a run for their money.

 

“Netflix invested huge sums of money into ‘Kingdom,’ shot it in advance, and has released it around the world. When dramas are moving that direction, there’s no reason for film stars to stay aloof,” a source at one management company said.

 

The changing times have also affected directors’ choices.  “Disqualified from Being Human” is the first drama to be directed by Hur Jin-ho, the man behind the romance “Christmas in August” (1998). And “Suriname” is the first TV series taken on by Yoon Jong-bin, who directed “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time” (2012).  Other film directors trying their hand at TV shows are Hwang Dong-hyuk (“Silenced”), who is directing “Round Six,” and Kang Yoon-sung (“The Outlaws”), who is directing “Casino.”

 

With Netflix making more original series, production budgets have ballooned. “Suriname” will be shot for 40 billion won (US$39.12 million), “Cliffhanger” for 30 billion won (US$27.09 million) and “Vincenzo” for 20 billion won (US$18.06 million).

 

“It’s nice to see so many film stars in TV dramas. That shows how much Korean dramas have grown in quality and how much the ecosystem has stabilized,” said Yun Seok-jin, a professor of Korean literature at Chungnam National University.

 

“But this is no longer a time when audiences can be bought off with star power. The important thing is the script, so this is a chance to see how good stars are at recognizing a good script,” Yun said.

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It turned out that Ji-hee Ji-hee left a famous'legendary travel photo' among fans of Jo Seung-woo and Hwang Jung-min. This is a fresh picture of the past three people who drank hard on an MT trip. Earlier, Hwang Jung-min said, "Ji Jin-hee is the most famous, so I was grateful just for uploading a picture." Ji-hee Ji-hee said, “At the time, I uploaded all three pictures to the cafes. It took 2-3 days. After that, everything went well and I felt so good. Seung-Woo Jo sometimes asked for a bicycle and recommended restaurants.”

 

He continued, “I thought there was only work to go up because I was at the bottom. Instead, he vowed to never step back. Let's go up slowly step by step. It is said that it is so-called floating, but if it floats too high and falls, it could be over, so I wanted to go slowly step by step while trying to keep myself. So even if it's a little slow, it can climb again even if it falls. I think I'm an actor because I have to learn it for a lifetime.”

 

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‘The Point Men’ flies to Asian buyers for Megabox Plus M (exclusive)

 

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South Korea’s Megabox Plus M has sold The Point Men, director Yim Soon-rye’s anticipated Korean hostage crisis drama, to 14 territories including Japan (Gaga) and Taiwan (MovieCloud).

 

The latest feature from Yim, who directed 2014 local hit Whistle Blower, stars Hwang Jung-min (The Spy Gone North) and Hyun Bin (Late Autumn) in the true story of a Korean diplomat who is dispatched to Afghanistan when a group of South Korean tourists is taken hostage by the Taliban. When all other measures fail and one hostage is killed, he is forced to team up with a special agent (Hyun) to try and rescue the survivors.

 

The film, which is in post-production, has also sold to Hong Kong and Macau (Edko Films), Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Vietnam (Encore Films), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Sahamongkol Film), Philippines (Viva Networks), and Mongolia (The Filmbridge).

 

Investor-distributor Megabox Plus M, which launched its international sales arm in October, is lining up The Point Men as a 2021 tentpole release in Korea.

 

The company says it has also been fielding inquiries from Chinese buyers following encouraging recent signals that a thaw in China’s unofficial freeze on Korean cultural products could be coming soon.

 

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Top movie stars choose small screen amid COVID-19

 

By Song Seung-hyun | Mar 2, 2021

 

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Jeon Do-yeon: Jeon Do-yeon (Megabox Joongang Plus M)

 

More and more top Korean movie stars are opting for TV dramas mainly due to the prolonged difficult situation the local film industry has been going through since COVID-19 broke out early last year.

 

Not only movie stars that occasionally have been making the switch to TV shows, but also those who had been appearing only on the big screen for years are making the switch.

 

In December last year, veteran actor Hwang Jung-min, star of multiple megahit films like “Ode to My Father” and ”Veteran,” which each attracted more than 10 million viewers here, surprised fans with the decision to star in JTBC drama “Hush.”

 

Before starring in this human drama, Hwang’s latest TV appearance was around eight years ago in cable drama series “Korean Peninsula.”

 

“Hush,” which aired from Dec. 11 to Feb. 6, centered on the challenges that Korean reporters face. Hwang played Han Jun-hyuk, a long-time reporter who spends more time playing pool than doing his work. 

 

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Scene from JTBC’s “Hush” starring Hwang Jung-min (JTBC)

 

Hwang will also appear on upcoming Netflix original series “Suriname,” along with another prolific actor Ha Jung-woo, who has three megahit films with more than 10 million viewers -- “Assassination” and two flicks in the “Along With the God” series. Ha‘s latest TV appearance was in crime drama “H.I.T” back in 2007.

 

Cannes-winning best actress Jeon Do-yeon will also star in the upcoming JTBC drama series “Disqualified as a Human.”

 

It has been around five years since Jeon last appeared on the small screen, as the main protagonist of tvN’s “The Good Wife” in 2016.

 

Jeon will play the role of ghostwriter Bu-jung, while co-star Ryu Jun-yeol will play the role of Kang-jae, who runs a company that organizes people to take on different roles for money. The story revolves around interactions between the two at life’s edge.

 

“Disqualified as a Human” will also be director Hur Jin-ho’s small screen debut. Hur is known for directing popular films such as “Christmas in August” and “The Last Princess.” Hit romantic movie “Architecture 101” writer Kim Ji-hye penned the script.

 

Choi Min-sik, who gained international fame for his role in Cannes-winning thriller “Oldboy” (2003), will star in the TV series “Casino” which will be directed by Kang Yoon-sung.

 

Choi’s new drama is aiming to begin airing before the end of this year.

 

Director Kang is known for directing the hit crime action film ”The Outlaws“ (2017). He, like Hur, does not have any experience directing TV dramas.

 

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According to movie industry insiders, the growth of global streaming platforms like Netflix, which produces original high-budget and quality series like zombie-thriller “Kingdom,” has also led Korean movie stars to consider making the switch, along with the shrinking local movie market.

 

However, some local entertainment industry insiders question whether this new trend of casting big names will last for long, as it does not always guarantee a show’s success. The 16-episode drama series “Hush” starring Hwang failed to attract a wide viewer base, as its highest viewership was the 3.4 percent recorded for its first episode, according to data from Nielsen Korea.

 

By Song Seung-hyun (ssh@heraldcorp.com)

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Director Yoon Jong-bin’s CJ+Netflix original drama ‘Suriname’ cast (left to right, clockwise): Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Jo Woo-jin, Choo Ja-hyun, Park Hae-soo, Yoo Yeon-seok / photo=SportsKorea

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35 billion Won production. 6 episodes. Script reading was held.  Filming begins at the end of April and will wrap up at the end of year.

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

 

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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.

 

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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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[PICK] Here’s the Lineup of ‘NEW’ & Upcoming Movies, From ‘The Witch: Part 2’ to ‘The Owl’

 

by willow | 2021-04-05

 

The Movie Business division of media conglomerate NEW revealed a lineup for upcoming works. Eleven total works are presented, including works that are past their production stage, ready to premiere. The lineup also introduces pieces that recently caught the public’s attention with its cast members.

 

NEW’s movie business department newly arranged its organization into Content Strategy Planning HQ and Distribution Strategy Planning HQ. The company sought changes according to the climates of new media through planning, investment, production, and distribution. It also signed a long-term equity investment agreement with Library Pictures International, a Hollywood investment company. Amid the changing times after COVID-19, we look forward to whether the upcoming works of popular actors and production crew will bring life back to the theatre industry.

 

1. Hostage

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This movie depicts the unprecedented incident where a famous actor is abducted at the center of Korea. Blurring the boundary between fiction and reality, Hwang Jung Min plays the kidnapped actor Hwang Jung Min. In the reality-thriller, he gets kidnapped in the early morning with no evidence left behind nor witnesses. Director Pil Gam Sung stated, “I hope this movie comes as a rollercoaster that is surprising, enjoyable, and thrilling. It will be fun for viewers to both empathize with and watch the protagonist. Especially in a situation where the distinction between fiction and non-fiction is unclear.”

 

2. Special Cargo

A crime action film that unfolds as Eun Ha gets embroiled in an unforeseen event. The character is a driver who fast-delivers anything with a success rate of 100%. Park So Dam will demonstrate action scenes as she acts as the driver with exceptional driving skills. “You will be able to see how awesome Park So Dam’s stunts are,” states director Park Dae Min as he adds, “please look forward to the action scenes and the close bonds between characters as they run towards a goal.”

 

3. Not the Lips (literal title)

Illustrated by this film is a story of those whose lives and works are complicated as they get entangled in bizarre romances. It is the first full-length movie to be directed by actress Jo Eun Ji. Earlier, she won the Jury’s Special Award from the 2017 Mise-en-scene Short Film Festival for her short film, 2 Nights 3 Days. Director Jo Eun Ji explained, “It’s a comedy that captures the process of various characters experiencing growth from different relationships. Hopefully, the interaction between characters who are full of personalities will create laughter.” The work stars Ryu Seung Ryong, Oh Na Ra, Kim Hee Won, Lee Yoo Young, Sung Yoo Bin, Moo Jin Sung, and more.

 

4. Hello, My Soulmate

It is a story about the soulmate we all once had back then, with whom we shared our friendship, breakup, and love. Kim Da Mi, Jeon So Nee, and Byeon Woo Seok become the radiant youths in the film as they capture Jeju Island’s beautiful scenery and their sincerity that overcomes generations. “It’s about finally realizing who they are through each other, after going in circles for a long time. Please look forward to the special friendship between the women who are subtle yet strong,” director Min Yong Geun urged.

 

5. Handsome Guys

Lee Sung Min and Lee Hee Joon play the two lead characters of this scary yet funny comedy work. The plot unfolds as the village and cabin’s myth comes to life when the two move to the mountain cabin. With unforgettable first appearances, these men call themselves ‘Handsome Guys.’ Director Nam Dong Hyub stated, “Though shamelessly funny, the movie reveals how genuine and serious the two men are. You will be able to enjoy a different kind of fun in the message that points out the prejudices and misunderstandings related to outward appearances.”

 

6. The Witch: Part 2

It is a sequel to The Witch: Part 1, The Subversion. The movie deals with a girl who awakes from the huge secret lab and those who chase after her. An audition-winning Rookie actress Shin Si Ah will play the film’s main character. Along with existing cast members Jo Min Su and Kim Da Mi, expectations are rising as Lee Jong Suk, Park Eun Bin, Seo Eun Joo, Jin Goo, and Sung Yoo Bin will be newly joining. Director Park Hoon Jung detailed, “It is a work that allows people to face human nature through a transcendence being. I hope it will be a pleasant gift to fans who anticipated the sequel, as they will be able to take a step further into the universe.”

 

 

* New Films Going into Production

 

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7. Smugglers

It is a work that became the talk of the town only with the news of its cast members, including Kim Hye Soo, Yum Jung Ah, Jo In Sung, and Park Jung Min. With a small, peaceful seaside village of the 70s as its background, the film depicts the story of two women who get involved in smuggling. Director Ryu Seung Wan plans to fiercely portray the risky smuggling operation that happens upon the vast sea.

 

8. High Five (literal title)

Director Kang Hyeong Cheol, the master of storytelling, will come back to the world of supernatural powers. High Five (working title) draws the story of five novice heroes who coincidentally happened to get superpowers as they meet those who yearn after their abilities. Lee Jae In, Yoo Ah In, Ahn Jae Hong, Ra Mi Ran, Kim Hee Won, and Oh Jung Se will make their appearances in the film.

 

9. Honest Candidate 2

As a follow-up for Honest Candidate, previous cast members, including Ra Mi Ran, Kim Mu Yeol, Yoon Kyung Ho, and director Jang Yoo Jung, will return. The sequel will focus on Joo Sang Sook’s story, the owner of the mouth of truth, as she hopes to return to politics.

 

10. The Land of Happiness (literal title)

The story of a lawyer who tries their best to save a figure caught up in an incident that shook modern history to its core. It is a new movie by Choo Chang Min, the film director that recorded 10 million viewers, Masquerade. As Jo Jung Suk plays the role of the lawyer Jung In Hoo, he will be making a bold impression than he did before.

 

11. The Owl

It is a thriller film that lays out the overnight incident that happened inside the palace. It depicts Kyung Soo’s story, a blind acupuncturist with a gifted talent, as he finds out about the forbidden secret of the king. Choi Min Sik will play the king, and Ryu Jun Ryeol will become Kyung Soo, the acupuncturist. Ahn Tae Jin, who previously was the assistant director of The King & The Clown, will grab the megaphone.

 

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