Han Ji-min, Shin Sung-rok join occupation-era blockbuster
Casting is back in full swing for Secret Agent, the latest action movie from director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird), starring Song Kang-ho (The Attorney) and Gong Yoo (The Suspect). Hm, I’m still excited about this lineup, but now I wonder how this 1930s occupation-era blockbuster will differentiate itself from Assassination, which was a huge hit this year.
The latest additions to the cast are Han Ji-min (Hyde, Jekyll, Me) and Shin Sung-rok (King’s Face). Han Ji-min has been cast as Gong Yoo’s love interest, an independence fighter who moves to and from Shanghai, Dandong, and Kyungsang, who will share a heartrending loveline with the hero. Han Ji-min played an independence fighter in Capital Scandal, so it should be familiar territory for her.
We’re not told much about Shin Sung-rok’s character, other than the fact that he’ll play a lead. I’m guessing a villain, though by now I think it’s way more interesting to go against expectation with him. Besides, how do you top psychopath megalomaniac gamemaster, really?
The film is about heroic independence fighters who band together and form a secret agency during the Japanese occupation. And it features an unlikely alliance, between an independence fighter and a Japanese spy. I still think it sounds like occupation-era JSA, but who knows what tone it’ll take on.
The 10-billion-won project is being co-produced by withUs Film and Warner Brothers, and plans to start shooting in October for a release next year.
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