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A Hard Day selected for Directors’ Fortnight
by | April 25, 2014 | 18 Comments

Action-packed thriller A Hard Day (or To The End, previous working title: To The Grave) has been selected to screen at Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel program to the Cannes Film Festival. The explosive movie stars Lee Seon-kyun (Miss Korea) as a cop who commits a fatal hit-and-run, then tries to conceal his error. Jo Jin-woong (Full Sun) is his counterpart, a man of unidentified background who knows Lee Seon-kyun’s secret and is determined to make him pay for his mistake.

Directors’ Fortnight has been running alongside Cannes for decades, and while noncompetitive, the prestigious sidebar has featured the early works of such directors as Werner Herzog, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Sofia Coppola. A Hard Day, director Kim Sung-hoon’s sophomore effort, is said to have been chosen because the movie is elaborate, yet pleasing, and somehow fresh.

Lee Seon-kyun, in his first action role, threw his entire body into filming — the movie isn’t a well-coordinated illusion of stunts; rather, the actor was actually physically hit, bruised and broken. Of his character, Lee Seon-kyun said, “He is desperate to stay alive. He isn’t worried about coming across as cool and isn’t trying to be the new section chief. I wanted to portray realistic action scenes so I actually threw punches and got hit in character.”

The trailer is enticing — filled with fight scenes and explosions and flying bullets (I’m pretty sure I’ve said that about every upcoming action movie), and it is nice to see Lee Seon-kyun in a departure from his usual characters, so I’ll be adding this to my summer watchlist.

The movie will be released in theaters on May 29.

Via Dong A, TV Report


18 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. mary

    The premise isn’t too special but these two actors… I bet they’ll make this one hell of a movie.


    I don’t know whom to root for…

  2. Chandler

    Love both these actors. It’s really nice to see that Jo Jin-Woong is actually rather popular because I wasn’t so sure of that. I’ve always been a huge fan of him so it’s good to see that he’s appreciated even if he doesn’t land many lead roles. and I always look forward to seeing more Lee Seon-Kyun!

  3. Fab

    Whoa! He actually got punched for real?? Impressive. Isn’t that method acting?
    Mark Ruffalo told once that he smoked a joint in a play on stage and got the best review he’d ever had. But he is also a brilliant actor.

    • 3.1 Malory

      I heard this term a lot, method acting. What is it really and what other kind of acting is there?

      • 3.1.1 pabo ceo reom 😉

        • Malory

          Thanks! He’s always known for his natural acting, much like Gong Hyo Jin. So this totally fits.

  4. captaincrunch

    This looks pretty good!! Also – it’s Lee Sun Kyun. No matter what the project, I’m in.

  5. Ivoire

    Thank you awcoconuts,

    For another movie recommendation. At this rate, we will not be bored this summer 🙂 Also, I liked this, “The trailer is enticing — filled with fight scenes and explosions and flying bullets (I’m pretty sure I’ve said that about every upcoming action movie)…”
    I look forward to seeing how this movie turned out to be.

  6. hoaa

    Cool. I will not gonna miss it haha.

  7. Yumi

    Looks exciting.

    Sometimes it seems that the ability to run long and hard is a basic requirement for all male actors in Korea.

    Go Gong Yoo.

  8. Malory

    Lee Seon Kyun seems to somehow always manage to have his films participate in international circuits. There was Paju, then the ones with Hong Sang Soo, and now this. I am so glad he continues to vary his roles. Way to go!!! I can’t wait to see this one.

  9. IzOcha

    wow… that looks so intense and dark. (Squee!)

  10. 10 Hiro

    OMG, i thought he was Lee Kwang Soo, ahahah

    in this poster Lee Seon-kyun seems lee kwang soo

  11. 11 judepps

    This is a different genre for Lee Sun Kyun, far from the last character he played.
    I only saw his movie once “All About my Wife” and I prettily enjoyed it much. I think I need to look out for this one too-:)

  12. 12 Sadie

    looks crazy…great acting. Intense.

  13. 13 Milk

    am i the only one who thinks that Lee Seon-kyun looks like Lee Kwang-soo?????

    • 13.1 MasterOfTheUniverse

      Yeah, Me Too

      Lee Seon Kyun, Noh Hong Chul And Lee Kwang Soo Are so similar face.

  14. 14 MsB

    Lee Seon-kyun=I’m there!

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