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HWANG Jung-min Wraps NK Action-Drama BLACK VENUS

Aug 03, 2017
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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YOON Jong-bin Directs Latest from Sanai Pictures

After kicking off on January 24th, HWANG Jung-min and his co-stars LEE Sung-min, CHO Jin-woong, PARK Sung-woong and JU Ji-hoon wrapped six months of production on July 25th for director YOON Jong-bin’s fifth film Black Venus. A North Korea-themed action-drama set in the 1990s, the project, which will be produced by hitmaker SANAI Pictures, was previously referred to by its Korean titles Duke or Operation.

HWANG plays a South Korean spy on a mission north across the border, where he must gather intelligence on North Korea’s nuclear weapons plans. His actions inadvertently kick off a skirmish between both nations.

Box office star HWANG, seen in Ode to My Father (2014) and Veteran (2015) among a slew of recent hits, is currently in theaters with RYOO Seung-wan’s The Battleship Island. Both LEE and CHO were seen earlier this year in The Sheriff In Town while JU was last seen in Asura: The City of Madness (2016) both recent SANAI titles. PARK featured in The Tooth and the Nail earlier this summer.

Director YOON, who debuted with the indie film The Unforgiven in 2005, has made a name for himself as a major commercial filmmaker with Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012) and KUNDO: Age of the Rampant (2014).

CJ Entertainment is on board as the main investor and distributor. Producer SANAI Pictures has worked with HWANG several times, on titles such as New World (2013), Man In Love (2014), A Violent Prosecutor (which was produced by YOON, 2016) and Asura: The City of Madness.
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