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Hanbando Deals with Unification

2006/06/02 | 100 views | Permalink | Source

Director KANG Woo-seok's latest film will be the big-budget Hanbando, a political thriller set in the near future when the two Koreas are close to unification. But Japan is determined to stop the unification from happening and the conflict might turn into an armed confrontation.

Hanbando stars director KANG regular AHN Seong-gi as the South Korean president. JO Jae-hyeon and CHA In-pyo play the characters who must find a solution to refute the legal historical claims the Japanese use to justify their actions with the intention to withhold the two Koreas from unification.

The film deals with a sensitive subject, given the long history of friction between Korea and Japan, the colonization of Korea by Japan (1910-1945), and the recent conflicts over distortion of history in Japanese school's history books and Dokdo Island.

The film is produced by newcomer K&J Entertainment. The company is headed by director/producers KANG, himself, and JANG Jin, producer ofWelcome to Dongmakgol (2005). Hanbando will be released in cinemas on July 13.

KANG Woo-suk is also the director of Silmido (2003), another big-budget film about the North-South division. Silmido became the highest grossing Korean film in 2003. At the moment it is the third most successful Korean film, it is outperformed by Taegukgi (2004) and The King and the Clown (2005).

KANG's better known films include: "Two Cops (1993), "Public Enemy" (2002) and Another Public Enemy ("Public Enemy 2") (2005).

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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