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THE KING’S LETTERS to Kick Off Korean High Summer Season
Jun 18, 2019
- Writerby Pierce Conran
SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il Reunite for 3rd Blockbuster
This year’s high summer season in Korea will be ushered in by The King’s Letters, a new period drama starring SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il. From veteran producer and writer but first time director CHO Chul-hyun, the film will be released by Megabox Plus M on July 24.
This true life story follows the joint efforts made by King Sejong (SONG Kang-ho) and the Venerable monk Shin-mi (PARK Hae-il) to create the Hunminjungeum script (commonly known as Hangul) which became Korea’s popular writing system.
SONG is currently on screens in BONG Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning PARASITE, which just crossed the eight million viewer mark at the box office. PARK was recently seen in ZHANG Lu’s Ode to the Goose (2018), which debuted as a gala screening at the Busan International Film Festival last year. SONG and PARK have appeared on screen together twice before for director BONG Joon-ho, in his acclaimed box office hits Memories Of Murder (2003) and The Host (2006). The film also features JEON Mi-sun (Hide and Seek, 2013), CHOI Duk-mun (The Drug King, 2018) and NAM Mun-cheol (Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage).
Director CHO is well known for his collaborations with Director LEE Joon-ik, having penned and/or produced many of his most well-known period dramas, including The Throne (2015), for which he wrote the script.