Kang Je-Gyu unveils his new film after a seven-year hiatus
The Korean director shows a sneak peek of his big-budget WWII Film at the Busan International Film Festival
by Joann Park
Date Published: 10/11/2011
Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri at Busan. Photo courtesy of TVdaily.co.kr.
Director Kang Je-gyu, known for helming big-budget box office successes Shiri (1999) and Taegukgi (2004), showed clips of My Way, his first film after a seven year hiatus, at the Busan International Flim Festival on October 8. This screening acted as the first Asian media showcase, after he held a press conference at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
My Way is a 28 billion won (approximately US $24 million) Korea-China co-production which features Korean superstar Jang Dong-gun as a young soldier who dreams of becoming an Olympic marathoner during World War II. Jang's rival is played by Japanese actor Joe Odagiri, and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing adds another high-profile East Asian name to the cast.
According to his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kang says that My Way is not another conventional war film; instead, it contains humanist messages of hope and forgiveness.
The film is scheduled to be released in Korea in December. It will be released in Japan, China, and the US in Janurary 2012.