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CHA Seung-won Period Film Begins Production
Sep 02, 2015
- Writerby Pierce Conran
KANG Woo-suk’s Embarks on 20th Film with GOSANJA
Period film Gosanja: The Great Map of the East Land (literal title) began production on August 17th with star CHA Seung-won in the lead and veteran director KANG Woo-suk at the helm. Based on PARK Bum-shin’s 2009 novel ‘Gosanja’, the film will tell the story of KIM Jeong-ho, thought to be the first cartographer of the Korean peninsula during the Joseon Era.
CHA will play KIM Jeong-ho, who fosters a strong desire to make a detailed map of the Joseon kingdom following his father’s death, which resulting from using an incorrect map. Setting out on foot to do his research, he embarks upon creating the Daedongyeojido (The Great Map of the East Land).
A popular film star who has recently been more active on the small screen, CHA most recently appeared in JANG Jin’s comeback feature Man on High Heels last year. Joining him on screen will be The Target star and frequent HONG Sang-soo performer YU Jun-sang. Rounding out the cast will be KIM In-kwon, NAM Ji-hyun, TAE In-ho, NAM Gyeong-eup and SHIN Dong-mi.
Gosanja is both KANG Woo-suk’s first historical film and his 20th production as a director. The filmmaker, who also founded Cinema Service, has helmed the Public Enemy series (2002-2008) and Silmido (2003) among others.
Cinema Service is producing the feature while CJ Entertainment is handling financing and distribution.