Acclaimed South Korean director Park Chan-wook, identified for movies akin to Oldboy and The Handmaiden, is headed to Netflix for his maiden challenge with the streamer titled Battle and Revolt. The award-winning filmmaker will co-write and produce the interval thriller following the lives of two childhood friends-turned-adversaries throughout Korea’s Joseon dynasty.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Kim Sang-man of Midnight FM fame will direct the upcoming film.
Battle and Revolt stars Gang Dong-won (Dealer, Peninsula) and Park Jeong-min (Ship Us from Evil, Bleak Evening) within the lead.
Gang will play the enigmatic Cheon-young, a personality whose exceptional martial prowess defies his humble origins as a slave, and Park Jeong-min will essay the position of Jong-ryeo, Cheon-young’s former grasp and scion of Joseon’s most influential army household. After passing the army service examination, Jong-ryeo turns into King Seonjo’s private guard, resulting in a heart-wrenching reunion along with his former buddy.
“Struggling to interrupt free from the chains of servitude, Cheon-young will probably be dropped at life by Gang’s extraordinary expertise, exuding allure and delivering breathtaking motion sequences that can go away audiences in awe…
“Park’s portrayal is predicted to be nothing wanting mesmerizing, as he delves deep into the advanced psyche of a person torn between friendship and responsibility, in the end dealing with his personal downfall,” Netflix mentioned in a press launch.
Battle and Revolt additionally stars Cha Seung-won (Korean drama Our Blues) as King Seonjo, a monarch who abandons his folks on the onset of the Japanese invasion, solely to hunt redemption by restoring his royal authority after the struggle; Hellbound actor Kim Shin-rok because the resolute Bumdong, a member of the civilian militia; Jin Seon-kyu of The Outlaws fame as Kim Ja-ryeong, a civilian militia chief; and The Glory star Jung Sung-il because the intimidating Japanese warlord Genshin, a mentor to Gang’s Cheon-young.
The movie is produced by Moho Movie, the Korean banner behind Park Chan-wook’s final launch Resolution to Go away and The Handmaiden, in collaboration with Semicolon Studio.
Park Chan-wook’s subsequent challenge as a director is the HBO miniseries The Sympathizer, starring Robert Downey Jr. in a number of roles.