Cha Seung-won to follow up Hwajeong with another Joseon-era sageuk
I guess we won’t be seeing Cha Seung-won in this century anytime soon, because he’s following up his current 50-episode historical drama Hwajeong with a new movie also set in Joseon. (Though you know what we’re really waiting for is another stint as Chajumma on Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village. *puppy eyes*) The film is called Gosanja, The Great Map of the East and tells the story of Kim Jeong-ho, a cartographer in late Joseon who walked the entire length and width of the Korean peninsula in order to draw a complete map.
It’s the newest project from director Kang Woo-seok (Moss, Silmido, Fist of Legend), and it’ll be his twentieth film as a director but his first sageuk to date. Cha Seung-won will play Kim Jeong-ho, who is more widely known by his pen name Gosanja. He was a geologist who traversed the peninsula in order to create a highly detailed and accurate large-scale map of Joseon (Daedongyeojido, or The Great Map of the East, published in 1861), and is believed to have died a mysterious death a few years later.
Yoo Joon-sang (Heard It Through the Grapevine) is reuniting with the director once again to co-star as Heungseon Daewongun, father of King Gojong. He was regent of Joseon during the early years of his son’s reign, and held immense power in the late 1800s. He opposed the publication of the maps because of possible breaches in national defense, and after another version of the maps is printed, Kim Jeong-ho is never heard from again.
The movie is about Kim Jeong-ho’s passionate desire to draw the first accurate map of the country, after losing his father due to a mistake on a map. He sets out on his quest and carves his masterpiece onto wood blocks, his success eventually challenging the fate of the nation.
Gosanja, The Great Map of the East plans to start shooting after Hwajeong’s run.
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