The director of Haeundae is returning with his first film in four years — a drama called International Market, which is not the most exciting title on the block, but it’s scored Hwang Jung-min (Fist of Legend, Penninsula) and Kim Yun-jin (Neighbors, Lost) to star. They’ll play a married couple that we’ll watch go from their twenties into their seventies, as a way to chart the way the economy changed over the course of fifty years. It’s an interesting concept, and almost sounds like documentary material.
Hwang Jung-min and Kim Yun-jin star as two young sweethearts (and first loves, natch) who get married at a young age, and Oh Dal-soo (The Gift of Room 7) co-stars as Hwang Jung-min’s best friend. We’ll see the couple age as we catch up to the present day, and in the process watch the economy change with the tide. The actors will play their roles from twenty to seventy, which will be a fun thing to watch too.
Director Yoon Je-kyun was influenced by his parents’ generation and the harsh poverty they fought to overcome, saying that it was a story he’s been wanting to tell for some time. I like the idea of covering fifty years of history through the lens of one couple, because it remains personal. Even if the movie is technically about the economy, there’s an emotional hook there if we’re invested in their journey. Perhaps not action-packed on paper, but I do think it’ll make for an interesting movie.
International Market is planning for a release later this year.
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