With the coronavirus pandemic, many of the movies had to either halt their production or postpone their release.
And with the surge of COVID-19 cases in Korea, major distributors postponed their tent-pole films and are still yet to set a specific release schedule.
Directed by Haeundae and Ode to My Father director Yoon Je Kyung, Hero (literal title) depicts the last one year of An Jung Geun, a Korean-independence activist, who was sentenced to death after killing Ito Hirobumi in Harbin in October 1909. Impressed by the musical, director Yoon challenged live recording on the spot like Tom Hooper’s Les Miserable.
Mogadishu, directed by Veteran director Ryu Seung Wan, talks about the escape of diplomatic officials from South and North Korea, who got isolated in the middle of Somalia civil war in the 1990s. Jo In Sung, Kim Yeon Seok and Heo Joon Ho starred in the film. These two films were supposed to be released this summer, but their release was pushed back indefinitely with the pandemic.
Director Lee Joon Ik’s new film The Book of Fish, starring Byun Yohan and Sol Kyung Gu, will be released in 2021. The fact that this is Sol Kyung Gu’s first-ever historical project made headlines.
The Merciless director Byun Sung Hyun’s new film Kingmaker (literal title), starring Sol Kyun Gu and Lee Sun Kyun, is also set to be released next year. Emergency Declaration that flaunts its star-studded cast finally finished filming in October after much delay due to COVID-19 and is currently preparing for the release in 2021.
New mega-scale films by the masters are also on their way. The Handmaiden director Park Chan Wook’s new film Determination to Part Ways (literal title) and Hirokazu Koreeda’s new Korean film Broker (working title), starring Song Kang Ho, Kang Dong Won, and Bae Doo Na, are either being produced right now or plan to start filming next year.
Minari, which is drawing keen attention ahead of the Oscars next year, will also be released in Korean in the first half of 2021.