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Park Hae-il offered lead in Park Chan-wook's new film

Actor Park Hae-il, left, has been offered a role in director Park Chan-wook's new melodrama. Korea Times file
Actor Park Hae-il, left, has been offered a role in director Park Chan-wook's new melodrama. Korea Times file

By Lee Gyu-lee

Actor Park Hae-il is in talks to appear in a new film by Park Chan-wook, who is known for directing "Oldboy" (2003) and "Lady Vengeance" (2005).

The actor's agency SWMP Entertainment said Tuesday that he has been offered a role in the director's melodrama "Decision to Break Up" (direct translation).

"Park Hae-il is positively reviewing and will work out the details (of the offer)," it said.

The flick will be director Park's first film since the award-winning romance-drama "The Handmaiden" in 2016.

The director's production company Moho Film told a local news outlet that the main roles were offered to Park and Chinese actress Tang Wei. "We are aiming to start filming this fall," it said.

In regards to the genre, company said "this film could be said to be a melodrama compared to the director's previous films … But as all of his films are, it's hard to pinpoint one specific genre."

Meanwhile, the actor is shooting a film about a battle between Korea and Japan in 1592 ― the "Battle of Hansan Island.


Actor Park Hae-il, left, has been offered a role in director Park Chan-wook's new melodrama. Korea Times file
Actor Park Hae-il, left, has been offered a role in director Park Chan-wook's new melodrama. Korea Times file

By Lee Gyu-lee

Actor Park Hae-il is in talks to appear in a new film by Park Chan-wook, who is known for directing "Oldboy" (2003) and "Lady Vengeance" (2005).

The actor's agency SWMP Entertainment said Tuesday that he has been offered a role in the director's melodrama "Decision to Break Up" (direct translation).

"Park Hae-il is positively reviewing and will work out the details (of the offer)," it said.

The flick will be director Park's first film since the award-winning romance-drama "The Handmaiden" in 2016.

The director's production company Moho Film told a local news outlet that the main roles were offered to Park and Chinese actress Tang Wei. "We are aiming to start filming this fall," it said.

In regards to the genre, company said "this film could be said to be a melodrama compared to the director's previous films … But as all of his films are, it's hard to pinpoint one specific genre."

Meanwhile, the actor is shooting a film about a battle between Korea and Japan in 1592 ― the "Battle of Hansan Island.


Lee Gyu-lee gyulee@koreatimes.co.kr

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