Kim Nam-gil as leader of the persecuted for historical film Goblin
Looks like Kim Nam-gil (Pandora) is going from leader of a small town in the middle of a nuclear disaster to leader of the persecuted villagers in an upcoming Joseon-era film. Tentatively titled Goblin, Kim Nam-gil is reported to have accepted the offer to star as the lead in director Jung Ji-young’s latest film and is working out the contractual kinks.
Plot details are vague, but Goblin will tell the story of a wrongfully persecuted village located near the Joseon border with Manchuria. For reasons as yet unclear, a general submits a false report that the village people are Jurchen barbarians that have invaded Joseon, and the king, who was (not-so?) coincidentally in the area during a royal inspection, gives chase. Kim Nam-gil’s character, who in one fell swoop lost his home and is now running for his life, will lead the villagers as they try to survive.
It definitely sounds like Goblin is the latest installment in the popular narrative where the innocent common people suffer due to the incompetence or malicious intent of those in power. But if there’s anyone who could pull this kind of story off with the gravitas it requires, it’s director Jung Ji-young, whose previous works include Broken Arrow and National Security. Both films were much-lauded, scathing critiques of Korean governmental institutions past and present, and were pretty unflinching in the face of some brutal depictions. I remember reading that some people had to leave the theater during showings of National Security because of the graphic torture scenes of an activist during the Chun Doo-hwan regime.
While I’m glad that Kim Nam-gil is continuing his successful streak in Chungmuro in a much-anticipated film with a great director, I do confess that I want him to return to the small screen. I’ll always be partial to him because of his turn as Bidam in Queen Seon-deok waaay back when. He was so good I even suffered through Bad Guy and Shark for him. Sigh, that’s true love right there. Maybe next year?
Goblin is still in the casting phase and aims to start filming in the latter half of the year, which means we can probably expect it to release in 2018.
Via Star News
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