Korea's having a good year in the festival circuit. With Cannes under its belt and sights set on Toronto, Chungmuro takes on Venice, with three films next month.
"A Better Tomorrow", starring Song Seung-heon, Joo Jin-mo, Kim Kang-woo, and Jo Han-sun, will be part of a retrospective, honoring prolific Hong Kong director John Woo (A Better Tomorrow). The four leads are expected to appear for the premiere at the festival.
Jung Woo-sung ("ATHENA") will also be walking the red carpet for his new film Reign of Assassins, (The Swordsman's World) produced by John Woo and co-starring Michelle Yeoh. I don't think this one counts as a Korean film, as it was shot in China, but it's a co-production, so I'll go with it. What with Athena's Italian shoots and the festival, it looks like Jeong is Italy-bound for a good part of this summer/fall.
Lee Sun-kyun and Jung Yu-mi's indie film "Oki's Movie" by Hong Sang-soo will also be a contender, and will be officially competing (whereas the others will be more exhibition-style films). This will be the first time attending Venice for both Lee and Jeong.
Looks like the Venetian red carpet will be the place to catch a Korean action star next month. I'd go for the Grand Canal alone, but the possibility of seeing Jung Woo-sung speed by James-Bond-style in a boat? Swoon.
The 67th Venice International Film Festival will run from September 1-11.
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