Lee Min-ki dives into action noir for Emperor
Lee Min-ki, doing noir? YES NOW PLEASE.
A film titled For the Emperor has announced its principal lineup: In addition to Lee Min-ki (Temperature of Love, Chilling Romance), the film will star Park Sung-woong (New World, or maybe you’ll recall him better as independence leader Dong-jin in Gaksital) and Lee Tae-im (The Punisher, Special Investigations Unit). Solid choices, which I think we can get excited about. (I can’t vouch for Lee Tae-im, but the men are definitely awesome actors who should light it up in an action noir project.)
The plot of For the Emperor (not to be confused with a drama that was almost titled that, which then got renamed Can Love Become Money) starts with Lee Min-ki as a former baseball player who gets caught game-fixing and loses everything. The role promises to show his tough, masculine side, while Park Sung-woong (who has plenty of tough masculine charisma already) lends a hand to Lee Min-ki once he’s hit rock bottom and homeless… but brings him into his circle of organized crime. Out of the frying pan, into the fire?
The titular Emperor is a reference to that gang, which rules the underworld of loan sharks and gambling, and Park is its boss. Meanwhile, Lee Tae-im plays the bar owner who’ll romance Lee Min-ki. For the Emperor, which is produced by the company who gave us Ajusshi and The Snowpiercer, Opus Pictures, will begin filming in early December and plans to release sometime next year.
Via Star News
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