It has been ten long years since Korean director burst on to the scene with Save The Green Planet
. Arguably the most gonzo and gleefully anarchic of the films that rode the Korean wave of the late 90s and early 2000s, Save The Green Planet
was a total failure at home - the victim of a wildly counter productive marketing campaign that tried to sell it to local audiences as a romantic comedy - but became a huge cult hit around the world, an endlessly inventive ride led by its wildly creative director.
But since then? Well, Jang's been quiet. He was part of a short film project a while back. Was attached for a time to a sequel to local hit Tazza: The High Rollers
. Was supposedly locked up in a remote location for a while writing an equally bizarre follow up script. But nothing ever came to fruition and ten years after Green Planet
he hasn't had a feature hit screens since. But he's coming back with hitman melodrama Hwayi
Hwayi is a boy living in a farm village, who was raised by 5 fathers.
His fathers are known criminals and the police nicknamed them as
'Daytime Monsters'. One day, the group is commissioned to kill a man
named Lim and his wife. Apart from the leader Suk-tae, rest of the group
feel something odd about this particular contract, but Suk-tae is
adamant to carry out this job with Hwayi in tow. This is the first time
Hwayi has ever tagged along for a job and discovers a photograph of a
child in Lim's house. Suk-tae hands his gun to Hwayi and orders the boy
to kill Lim. Despite his plea, Hwayi is forced to pull the trigger. He
becomes ill after committing his first kill, and realizes that the boy
in the photograph looks uncannily familiar.
The first teaser for Jang's sophomore film has just arrived online and while it looks far more conventional than did his debut the simple fact that Jang is finally back is cause for celebration. Check it below.
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