Song Kang-Ho and Kang Dong-Won Team Up for 의형제 (Secret Reunion) Teaser

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Song Kang-Ho and Kang Dong-Won Team Up for 의형제 (Secret Reunion) Teaser
Im Pil-Sung, Jang Joon-Hwan and Na Hong-Jin might still hold the title of best debut directors of this decade, but a young up-and-comer who might fight his way up the Top 10 is certainly Jang Hoon, who helmed the excellent 영화는 영화다 (Rough Cut) in 2008. Produced by Kim Ki-Duk (whose career in this field is so far pretty impressive, much more so than anything he's directed since 2001, for instance), the film won stars So Ji-Seop and Kang Ji-Hwan a good number of awards at home and abroad, jump started "Director" Go Chang-Seok's career, and became one of the best films of last year, but Jang Hoon is still relatively unknown outside the boundaries of film geekdom.Yet, things could change with his upcoming 의형제 (Secret Reunion).

For starters, the cast. Song Kang-Ho needs no introduction and is a surefire draw, but if you consider that his co-lead Kang Dong-Won is starring in 전우치 (Woochi) and that the film is likely to draw huge numbers in December, by the time the film releases in February, the momentum could carry over to Secret Reunion and make it another big hit. Distributed by Showbox, Secret Reunion stars Song as a secret service agent who is pinkslipped after going after a North Korean spy (in the South to kill a traitor, who would be Kang) solo and failing, but when six year later said traitor reappears, the two team up to bring mutual benefit to each other: Song's Han-Gyu would catch the spy and get his credentials back, while Ji-Won would wash away the accusations which labeled him a traitor. Of course, things don't really go as smoothly as they planned. The interplay reminds a little of Jang's debut film, and it looks like Kang Dong-Won will continue choosing very promising projects like this, which can only do wonders for him as an actor. So it's February for this. Good little teaser waiting below.
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ChevalierAguilaDecember 9, 2009 3:02 PM

Not bad not bad.

everlongDecember 9, 2009 6:11 PM

@ X: Sorry for hijacking the comments section for this, but since you mentioned Jang Joon-Hwan, do you know what he's up to nowadays (besides being married to Moon So-ri)?

His Save the Green Planet! was my first korean film and is still my favorite one out of the huge amounts i've seen since, so it pains me to see that he seemingly can't get another project off the ground, especially when lesser directors get to work regularly. By now i've all but given up hope to ever see his "Fartman", and it seems that the Tajja sequel that was originally scheduled for 2008 is dead in the water as well.

Do you perhaps know how things are looking for him career wise, is there still hope we'll see a second (and third, and so on...) film from him?

On a side note, is there any way to get hold of his short "2001: Imagine"?


Regarding "Secret Reunion", just going by the trailer i'm not sure what to make of it, but i liked Jang Hoon's debut film, so i'm confident Secret Reunion will be quality work. It also doesn't hurt that i'm a huge fan of Song Kang-ho and own all of his films on DVD, save for "...Bad Movie" and "The Day A Pig Fell In The Well", so naturally i'm looking forward to this film. :)

XDecember 9, 2009 6:59 PM

Yep, Tazza 2 went belly up because of the funding crisis (or, better, Jang is no longer involved with it, not sure whether they completely gave up on it and will go with another director, but it doesn't seem like it). He's doing an omnibus project with Yukisada and Sasanatieng for the PIFF next.

I believe 2001 Imagine was released on DVD as part of one of those short films collections, although I don't remember which one.

everlongDecember 10, 2009 7:49 PM

I see that you reported about Jang's participation in this omnibus project back in october, which i've curiously missed. Anyway, thank you for the information, i'm glad he's working on something and i'm looking forward to it. Hopefully it will be a stepping stone to another feature film from him.

ratkilla18December 25, 2009 1:05 PM

Just saw 전우치 and I feel as though I would require a second viewing to make up my mind. I have been a huge fan of 최동훈 but this one is rather a puzzler. As for 의형제, I can't wait! Anything with 송강호 is a worth two hours of my life and 8,000 won out of my wallet.

steiner from marsFebruary 15, 2010 6:27 AM

Thanks to reading this post last week, I saw Rough cut yesterday and I´m ecstatic since then. It has been a while since I enjoyed a movie that much. So, thanks.

Defnitively I can´t wait for this!

steiner from marsFebruary 15, 2010 6:29 AM

Thanks to reading this post last week, I saw Rough cut yesterday and I´m ecstatic since then. It has been a while since I enjoyed a movie that much. So, thanks.

Defnitively I can´t wait for this!