Sol Kyung-gu and Yeo Jin-gu courted for war movie
Yay for more projects on Yeo Jin-gu’s horizon. After the dust-up over Fist Fighting, I get an extra sense of satisfaction every time Yeo Jin-gu gets another movie offer. This isn’t a done deal yet, but Sol Kyung-gu (Cold Eyes) and Yeo Jin-gu (Hwa-yi) are considering a war movie called The Western Front 1953, about soldiers from North and South who meet at the very tail end of the Korean War and band together in order to survive.
The movie will be penned by writer Chun Sung-il, of Chuno, Runaway: Plan B, and Level 7 Civil Servant fame (and also Pirates, starring Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin, which is due out this summer). It was originally called There’s Nothing Wrong On the Western Front, but seeing as how that’s pretty much calling your movie All Quiet On the Western Front when it’s not a remake of the famous World War I book/movie, they added 1953 to make it clear that it’s set in the Korean War.
The blockbuster film will be about North and South Korean soldiers who meet on the western front in 1953, near the very end of the war. They find themselves under attack, and in a twist, they join forces in order to make it out alive. It sounds like a wartime version of JSA: Joint Security Area (though of course all war films will forever be compared to Taegeukgi), and already the concept intrigues me and tugs at the heartstrings. Possible friendships made across enemy lines at the end of a war, just as the country’s about to be split down the middle? Everyone get out your hankies.
There’s no word yet on the specific roles, and both actors are considering the offers. Once casting is finalized, The Western Front 1953 starts shooting in September.
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