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Korean Directors, Set For Big 2017 Movie Releases

By February 10, 2017 at 6:10 am
Bong Joon-ho (Photo : Getty Images)

Korean entertainment has experienced worldwide recognition in the past decade especially the music industry. The Korean movie industry on the other hand is also catching up. Driven by one of 2016's biggest movies, Train to Busan, Korean movies are looking to continue the momentum towards 2017 as the new year promises to be better. Here are some of the movies to look out for.

Bong Joon-ho is one of Korea's most known international filmmakers. His last known international film Snowpiercer, which stars Avengers actor Chris Evans was released to great acclaim. The international director is set for a return with his new work entitled Okja. The Netflixed produced film has an estimated budget of $50 million which was shot at various locations such as Seoul, New York and Vancouver.

Okja stars Korean Ahn Seo-hyun as the lead with Hollywood actors Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Paul Dano. Okja is about a Korean girl who will risk everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a beast named Okja.

The movie is set to premier in the fist half of 2017 with a limited theatrical release in the US.

Ryoo Seung-wan's Veteran was Korea's biggest film domestically in 2015. His next work is a historical title entitled "Gunhamdo." The film is set in the Japanese colonial era and tells the story of 400 Koreans who were forced into hard labor. The film stars Hwang Jung-min, So Ji-sub and Song Joong-ki and is set for a summer release.

Kim Yong-hwa is set for a return after four years with his new film "Along With God" which is a two part fantasy blockbuster. The films revolve around an angel of death that gets involved in human affairs even though he is forbidden to. The two part film was simultaneously shot and is set for releases in 2017 and 2018.

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