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THE OUTLAWS Directors Returns to LONG LIVE THE KING in June
May 08, 2019
- Writerby Pierce Conran
KANG Yun-sung’s Latest Combines Gangster Thriller and Election Drama
Following his smash hit debut THE OUTLAWS (2017), director KANG Yun-sung will be back in theaters next month with his follow-up work, the thriller Long Live the King. Featuring KIM Rae-won in the lead, the film, which combines elements of the gangster thriller and the election drama, will be distributed in Korea by Megabox Plus M in June.
KIM plays Se-chool, a gangster pining after human rights lawyer So-hyun (WON Jin-ah), who keeps fending off his advances. He decides to go straight and after accidentally becoming a hero when he rescues someone from a bus crash, he decides to use his newfound fame to run for the National Assembly. Before long, a political opponent (CHOI Gwi-hwa) teams up with his former gangster rival (JIN Seon-kyu) to take him down.
Crime drama THE OUTLAWS, with Don LEE (aka MA Dong-seok) and YOON Kye-sang, was the unexpected hit of the Chuseok holiday in 2017, drawing 6.88 million viewers (USD 48.16 million). KANG’s new work is based on a popular webtoon of the same name by Beodeunamoosoop.
No stranger to thrillers, KIM Rae-won’s most recent credits include The Prison (2017), RV: Resurrected Victims (2017) and Gangnam Blues (2015). WON Jin-ah is a rising star who was seen opposite RYU Jun-yeol earlier this year in the stock market thriller Money. Co-stars CHOI Gwi-hwa and JIN Seon-kyu both appeared in THE OUTLAWS.