While "The Battle: Roar to Victory" has been selling itself as a war epic, the last major blockbuster of the South Korean summer season has an unlikely leading man - Yoo Hae-jin, who's pushing fifty and does not look like a movie star.
Yet he also has a surprisingly strong box office record as the leading role in movies like "Confidential Assignment" and "Luck.Key" with many more supporting roles besides. He's humble about his credit, calling"The Battle: Roar to Victory" the story of many people's triumph.
"Metamorphosis" opens on August 21st with a smaller budget but has similar casting. Bae Sung-woo plays the lead character of the movie while Sung Dong-il plays, as often seems to be the case, a dad. Of course there the appeal is less about casting and more about the supernatural story of a demon inspiring disturbing transformations. Bae Sung-woo too has been humble in regard to his role, saying that while Gang Dong-won and Ahn Sung-ki may be his betters in acting, he has the better look.
Ma Dong-seok is about the same age as Yoo Hae-jin and Bae Sung-woo, although his reputation extends internationally too, as a reknowned big tough guy. His next joint is "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos", which builds off of the "Bad Guys" drama. Ma Dong-seok has promised a more intense, powerful experience compared to the drama for the film, which opens in time for Korean Thanksgiving weekend. The production values, at any rate, are expected to be larger.
Written by William Schwartz
"The Battle: Roar to Victory" is directed by Won Shin-yun, and features Yoo Hae-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol, Jo Woo-jin, Kazuki Kitamura, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Park Ji-hwan. Release date in Korea: 2019/08/07.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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