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LEE Hae-young’s DOKJEON Wraps with CHO Jin-woong and RYU Jun-yeol
Dec 01, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
DRUG WAR Remake Features Final Performance by KIM Joo-hyuk
Director LEE Hae-young’s upcoming Dokjeon (Korean title), a remake of Johnnie TO’s Drug War, completed around five months of filming on November 16th. The crime thriller stars CHO Jin-woong, RYU Jun-yeol and the late KIM Joo-hyuk in his final performance.
Dokjeon (a contraction of the Korean words for ‘poison’ and ‘war’) follows a Detective (CHO Jin-woong) who is determined to take down the head of Korea’s largest drug-pushing organization. To do so he engages the help of a drug smuggler (RYU Jun-yeol) within the syndicate.
A Hard Day (2014) villain CHO recently appeared in The Handmaiden (PARK Chan-wook), Bluebeard, The Sheriff in Town and Man of Will while young star RYU has experienced a major rise in popularity this year, featuring in The King, A Taxi Driver and Heart Blackened. He will also appear in YIM Soon-rye’s Little Forest in 2018.
KIM Joo-hyuk completed his role shortly before his untimely passing in late October following a car accident. This year he already featured in hit action thriller Confidential Assignment and period noir The Tooth and the Nail. Also in the cast are KIM Sung-ryoung of The Fatal Encounter (2014), PARK Hae-joon of Fourth Place (2016) and making a special appearance, CHA Seung-won (Man on High Heels, 2014).
Dokjeon is director LEE’s fourth film, following 2006’s Like a Virgin (which he co-directed with LEE Hae-jun), Foxy Festival (2010) and The Silenced (2015).