Powerhouse Chungmuro cast for period film 1987
Kim Yoon-seok, Kang Dong-won, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo
Upcoming movie 1987 is making headlines with its star-studded cast. So far, it’s been revealed that heavyweight Chungmuro veterans Kim Yoon-seok (Will You Be There) and Ha Jung-woo (Tunnel) are in final negotiations to star. The never-aging Kang Dong-won (Master) has also received an offer to make a special appearance. Last but not least, award-winning rookie film actress Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden) is in talks to join the film as the lead female character.
The movie is based on the historic June Democratic Uprising that happened in 1987, when massive nationwide rallies were held to protest against the injustice of President Chun Doo-hwan’s authoritarian regime. Nicknamed the Butcher of Gwangju, the former president was known for enforcing his policies through strict martial law and increasing military presence in peaceful cities and towns to exert his control. In 1980, his police force brutally suppressed student demonstrations at the Gwangju Uprising by beating, shooting, and killing their targets.
Anyone who seemed to be related to the protests were blacklisted by the government, and investigations commenced to determine the leaders of the civilian dissent. Amongst those who were detained, Seoul University student Park Jong-chul became a symbol of Chun Doo-hwan’s ruthlessness when the news of his torture and death during his unlawful imprisonment came to light.
Even after this incident, the president brazenly and unilaterally announced his successor, Roh Tae-woo, without holding free and fair elections. So the people rose up against him in the June Democratic Uprising. The movie 1987, directed by Jung Joon-hwan (Save the Green Planet, Hwayi) will take a closer look at this historic struggle between the Korean people who sought a true, transparent democracy and the president’s peacekeeping authorities who tried to maintain absolute control.
If you last long enough in the Chungmuro industry, you’re bound to run into the same actors, and it seems like 1987 will be a reunion project for everyone all around. Both Kim Yoon-seok and Kang Dong-won have worked with Director Jang before, in Hwayi and Love for Sale respectively. But they’ve also worked with each other multiple times (Jeon Woo-chi, Black Priests). Ha Jung-woo and Kim Yoon-seok are also old colleagues from blockbuster films The Chaser and Yellow Sea. And finally, Kim Tae-ri’s lauded debut was in The Handmaiden as a co-conspirator with Ha Jung-woo’s character for the rich heiress’s money.
I have a deep love for Ha Jung-woo because of his natural acting and versatility, and I’ve seen all of his other potential castmates in enough films to know that if this ends up coming together, it could become the movie of the year. Director Jang plans to start production for 1987 in the latter half of 2017.
Via DongA Sports
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