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HOT BLOOD with JUNG Woo Cool Downs after 4-Month Shoot
Aug 13, 2019
- Writerby Pierce Conran
BOOMERANG FAMILY Novelist Makes Long-Awaited Directing Debut
Noir thriller Hot Blood (translated title), with JUNG Woo, KIM Kap-soo, CHOI Moo-sung and YOON Ji-hye, wrapped four months of production on July 22. The film is the directorial debut of noted novelist and screenwriter CHEON Myoung-kwan.
Hee-soo (JUNG Woo) is a man who grows up in the Busan area and gets swept up into a life of organized crime in a port city, where he works as a hotel manager. Hee-soo wants to settle down with In-sook (YOON Ji-hye), but his plans are put on hold when he gets caught up in a gang war. The story of the film is based on a novel by KIM Un-su.
Leading man JUNG’s recent credits include The Himalayas (2015) and New Trial (2017), while veteran KIM Kap-soo was seen in 2017’s Steel Rain and prolific character actor CHOI Moo-sung was on screens this summer with Long Live the King.
YOON Ji-hye recently drew acclaim for her leading role in the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) project Clean Up (2018), which picked up the New Currents Award at last year’s Busan International Film Festival as well as the Best Film Prize at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao.
CHEON originally worked as a screenwriter in the 1990s on films such as I Wish For What Is Forbidden To Me (1994), Gun and Gun (1995) and The Great Chef (1999) but after failing to make his debut as a filmmaker, he turned to fiction writing, establishing himself as an important novelist in the 21st century. His novel ‘Modern Family’ was adapted into the 2013 film Boomerang Family and Hot Blood marks his long-awaited debut as a filmmaker.
Hot Blood is currently in post-production and is aiming to hit theaters in the first half of 2020.