So Ji-sub eyes war epic for next drama role
Although the news is not yet final, it looks like So Ji-sub will likely take on a role in a large-scale blockbuster war drama for his next project. The Korean War-set drama Road No. 1 [로드 넘버원] comes from Logos Films, with whom So is currently in talks to work out the finer details.
Road No. 1 tells the story of a military cadet who finds himself thrust into battle when war suddenly breaks out, and fights for survival alongside his rival. The title comes from the name of the No. 1 national highway that served as the main passageway used in 1950 during the outbreak of the Korean War, traversed by those from the North into Seoul, and from the South into Pyeongyang. In the drama, it also serves as a symbolic locale, which carries meaning as the place where the hero meets his first defeat and fights for victory.
PD Kim Jin-min (La Dolce Vita, Time Between Dog and Wolf) has been preparing this drama for the past two years with writer Han Ji-hoon of blockbuster war film Taegukgi and action drama Time Between Dog and Wolf. The drama boasts a 10 billion won production budget and plans to begin filming in January for a June broadcast, in time to commemorate the 60 years that have passed since the Korean War. If So Ji-sub is confirmed, he’ll begin training in early December.
I’ve learned to be wary of blockbusters and large-scale epics, but I’m sort of in the mood for something hard and gritty, and this could be quite interesting. So Ji-sub’s last Korean project was the high-profile drama Cain & Abel (which I hated for its ridiculous plot but which performed well in the ratings), after which he took on a Chinese-Korean co-production in Sophie’s Love Manual (aka Sophie’s Revenge) and the Japanese “mobile drama” I am Ghost.