Kim Yun-seok, Korea's most bankable star, is set to star in the sophomore feature by Jang Joon-hwan, whose sensational debut Save the Green Planet rocked the international film stage when it was released in 2003. It'll be a decade separating his two films by the time this is released, and while people have been wondering why he stepped away for so long -- though he directed a short in 2010 omnibus Camilia and is well-known as actress Moon So-ri's husband -- there is no doubt that many are thrilled to see his return to the big screen.
Kim has been on something of a rampage since his star-making turn in 2008's The Chaser. He has followed Na Hong-jin's blistering debut with hit after hit, including Running Turtle (2009), Woochi (2009), The Yellow Sea (2010), Punch (2011) and capping it off with The Thieves, which became the most successful Korean film of all time earlier this year.
The new film, simply named Hwa-Yi (an English title is likely to follow), follows a boy of the same name as he seeks revenge on his fathers. Filming is set to begin this month and the pic will also star Cho Jin-woong, hot off this year's hit Nameless Gangster. Save the Green Planet was a landmark film that some (including ScreenAnarchy's Asian Editor James Marsh) consider to be Korea's best film, and the prospect of combining its director with one of the most electrifying actors in world cinema seems like cause for celebration.