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Moon Sung-geun Cast in Song Il-gon Horror

2008/02/26 Source

Acclaimed actor Moon Sung-geun will take the lead role in "Sahwa" (meaning 'Royal Massacre') a horror from Cannes winning director Song Il-gon. Moon has been a notable figure in the Korean film industry since the 1990's, when he starred in films by top new wave directors, Park Kwang-soo ("Black Republic"), Jang Sun-woo ("Road to the Racetrack"), and in Lee Chang-dong's debut film "Green Fish".

Moon also provided memorable performances in such films as Hong Sang-soo's "Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors" and Park Chan-ok's "Jealousy Is My Middle Name". He came late to his acting career, having first spent time as a business man in Saudi Arabia. Throughout the 90's he was deeply involved in supporting the Korean film industry and served as Vice-chairman of the Korean Film Council in 1999.

In Song's fifth feature, a Chosun dynasty-set tale of bloody power games between rival families, Moon will play the central role of a king beset by curses and vengeful murders. Supporting casting is still on-going and the feature plans to go into production by May.

"Sahwa" will be director Song's fifth feature, following the critical success of "The Magicians" (2006), "Feathers in the Wind" (2005), the atmospheric "Spider Forest" (2004) and his award-winning debut, "Flower Island" (2001).

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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