While Song Kang-ho has already had a big hit this year in the form of "Parasite", his real major movie this year is "The King's Letters". Song Kang-ho will play the role of King Sejong, and depict the unseen agony and loneliness he went through for the sake of producing the Korean alphabet.
Song Kang-ho has described the opportunity to play King Sejong as being an honor. Song Kang-ho stated that there's quite a bit of pressure related to his taking on a role of such historical importance. Still, he felt it was important to take the opportunity now.
"The King's Letters" will also be Song Kang-ho's first reappearance with his "Memories of Murder" co-star Park Hae-il. While Song Kang-ho played the lead role in that film, Park Hae-il's part was minor by comparison. Still, for both of them to be on screen together again is a reminder of just how far their careers have progressed since then.
Song Kang-ho has joked how between the two of them, he's the only one that looks old now. Song Kang-ho has described seeing Park Hae-il and Jeon Mi-sun, who also appeared in "Memories of Murder", as being something like a family reunion experience. Park Hae-il has echoed this sentiment in his own comments.
The casting element has raised the profiles and ambitions of "The King's Letters" as a project, as the movie appears to be trying to revive the synergy and transformative nature of the older film, albeit with a completely different genre. "The King's Letters" will open at the domestic South Korean box office on July 24th some sixteen years after "Memories of Murder" did.
Written by William Schwartz
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 email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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