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  • HWANG Jung-min and KIM Hye-soo Suit Up for RETURN
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jul 26, 2018
  • Stars Line Up for JK YOUN’s Space Rescue Drama

    Stars HWANG Jung-min and KIM Hye-soo are set to feature side by side in blockbuster filmmaker JK YOUN’s upcoming space rescue drama Return (translated title). JK Film, the production company behind the film, announced on July 5 that the actors will take on the lead roles in the heartbreaking story of an astronaut who is stranded in Korea’s first space station following an accident.

    Box office magnet HWANG has featured in several hits of late, including YOUN’s previous film Ode to My Father (2014), RYOO Seung-wan’s Veteran (2015) and LEE Il-hyung’s A Violent Prosecutor (2016).

    KIM is one of the top actresses in the country and has recently featured in hits such as CHOI Dong-hoon’s The Thieves (2012) and HAN Jun-hee’s Coin Locker Girl (2015). HWANG previously played a supporting role in the KIM Hye-soo drama My 11th Mother (2007) but this will be the first both play lead roles opposite each other.

    Director YOUN made history in 2014 when he became the first Korean filmmaker to helm two films that welcomed over ten million admissions when the epic drama Ode to My Father soared to 14.26 million viewers. He first breached the mark in 2009 with his disaster drama Haeundae. YOUN stated that he visualized both HWANG and KIM as he wrote the screenplay.

    Return is one of three space-set dramas that have been announced in recent weeks, alongside The Moon, a project to be helmed by Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) filmmaker KIM Yong-hwa and Lightning Arc, a new film by A Werewolf Boy (2012) director JO Sung-hee.

    Once casting is complete, Return will kick off production during the second half of this year before finding its way to theaters at some point in 2019.
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