D.O. and Park Jin-ju up for new film from Sunny director
Oh, this sounds potentially really, really good. Director Kang Hyung-chul, of box-office hits Speedy Scandal and Sunny, is returning to helm a new wartime film titled Swing Kids, and EXO’s D.O. (My Annoying Brother) is up to play the lead. I’m slightly more excited, though, to hear that Park Jin-ju (Jealousy Incarnate) will be reuniting with the Sunny director, where she played a scene-stealing, foul-mouthed high-schooler. Not to say I don’t think D.O. will be great; I’ve heard good things about his acting, but haven’t caught his projects since It’s Okay, It’s Love, which was forever ago.
The plot itself sounds quirky and small in a way that feels right up this director’s alley. D.O. will play a North Korean soldier held prisoner in a POW camp on Geojae Island. Set in the middle of the Korean War, the story sounds pretty grim until we learn that this young soldier has a passion for tap dancing (lol), which seems to be the film’s focus. No word yet on Park Jin-ju’s character, but it’ll be interesting to see how she fits into the story, since it’s set in a POW camp.
I’m hoping that this director will pull another Sunny and give us a charming little story set against the backdrop of significant historical events. Sunny itself took place during a very turbulent period of South Korean history, with dictators, widespread student protests, and an eventual transition towards democracy, which were alluded to in the film.
The film is still in the casting phase and hopes to start shooting this fall, which means we can expect Swing Kids to release mid-2018 or so. I will definitely be checking this out when it does.
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