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Hyunbin, Son Ye-jin pair up for latest film

Korea Joongang Daily logo Korea Joongang Daily 11/8/2018
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It’s a crime thriller again. Still, “The Negotiation,” set to open next month, is drawing attention for being the first work between Hyunbin, right, and Son Ye-jin, two of the Korean film industry’s hottest actors, for a film from JK Film, the studio behind such box office hits as “Haeundae,” “Ode to My Father” and “Confidential Assignment.”

The new crime thriller tells the story of a police negotiator striving to save two Korean hostages after they were kidnapped in Bangkok by an arms dealer from an international crime ring.

“When I first received the script, I read it in one breath,” Son said during a press conference for the upcoming movie at a Seoul theater on Thursday. “I was so curious about what will happen next in the story all the way through reading it. The script was overwhelmingly tense and immersive.”

Son is best known for romantic films such as “Be With You” (2018) and “The Classic” (2003), while Hyunbin recently appeared in “The Swindlers” (2017) and “The Fatal Encounter” (2014).

Hyunbin said he was interested by the movie’s subject of negotiation, which has never been dealt with in Korean films.

The 20th feature from JK Film will be the directorial debut of Lee Jong-seok, who was the assistant director of “Ode to My Father,” a historical drama seen by 14.26 million people since it opened in local theaters in 2014. He later wrote the script for the mountaineering adventure film “The Himalayas,” which also became a commercial success, drawing an audience of over 7.7 million.


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