Park Bo-gum, Lee Byung-heon up for potential matchup in Ansi City
Park Bo-gum shot to fame with his performance as an innocent Go prodigy in Answer Me 1988, followed by the hit fusion sageuk Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, making fans everywhere anticipate his return with increasing impatience. According to his agency, Blossom Entertainment, he’s received many offers that they’re currently reviewing, but one in particular has risen to the top of speculation rumors—the new historical film Ansi City: The City of the Forgotten, potentially opposite Lee Byung-heon (Master, Magnificent Seven).
Produced by NEW (Next Entertainment World) through director Kim Kwang-shik (Tabloid Truth, The Return of Iljimae), this new movie will be a fresh take on the last stand of Goguryeo at Ansi City against the invading Tang army. It takes place during the Three Kingdoms era, after Baekje fell and Silla made an alliance with Tang (China) to destroy Goguryeo.
Emperor Taizong of Tang (regarded as one of the greatest rulers of China, and Wu Zetian’s first partner in Empress of China) gave the order to start invading Goguryeo with Ansi City, but the resistance his forces met there were far more formidable than expected. The entire battle scenario reminds me a lot of Napoleon’s attempted conquest of Russia: Initially the invading forces march in with overwhelming numbers and seem like they will win, but due to the natural elements and clever siege tactics, the underdog side sends the enemy troops packing with their tails tucked between their legs.
So far, no specifics have been released on either of their characters, but I would totally be down for Lee Byung-heon playing an evil tyrant whose plans for world domination are foiled by an energetic young soldier played by Park Bo-gum, or vice versa. They both wear the royal robes so well…
Both actors are in the middle of considering the project, but Lee Byung-heon has several movies already lined up including That’s My World and Namhansanseong so it’ll be a while until we see Ansi City in theaters if they do decide to sign on.
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