Kang Dong-won, Yoo Ah-in up for new film from director of Poetry
Critically acclaimed writer-director Lee Chang-dong (Poetry, Secret Sunshine, Oasis, Peppermint Candy) is gearing up for his first film in seven years since 2010’s award-winning Poetry, and there’s early talk of Kang Dong-won (A Violent Prosecutor, The Priests) and Yoo Ah-in (Like for Likes, The Throne) being courted for the leading roles. YES, PLEASE.
The new film, called Burning, will be about the intertwined lives of one woman, a chaebol man, and a deliveryman. That’s really all we know about the plot thus far, and when news broke of Kang Dong-won and Yoo Ah-in’s possible casting, director Lee stated that he’s still completing script work, and has met with the two actors about the project, but it’s still too early to say that the film is in the casting stage.
The film plans to start shooting in November, and my big question is how Yoo Ah-in would squeeze this movie in before army duty. He’s due to enlist this year as far as I know, which I guess means that he could technically shoot a movie in November-December and then go to army? That seems nuts, but then again, I don’t know that he would pass up a chance to do a movie with Lee Chang-dong.
I can see either of the actors playing the chaebol or the deliveryman — Kang Dong-won’s rich, amoral nobleman in KUNDO: Age of the Rampant rivals Yoo Ah-in’s rich, amoral chaebol businessman in Veteran, so they could really flip a coin. Kang Dong-won has been working like he’s got loan sharks on his tail ever since he got out of the army, and has done really well in the last few years. Yoo Ah-in is this year’s golden boy, with hit projects like Six Flying Dragons, Veteran, and The Throne earning him trophies left and right; if he’s somehow able to film yet another project before army, he might just extend his hot streak for another year.
Burning will begin production in November, for a release in 2017.
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