Following 2012's blockbuster caper hit The Thieves, director Choi Dong-hoon is back at it with the new period action-thriller Assassination. What's more, he's bringing his The Thieves stars Gianna Jun, Lee Jung-jae and Oh Dal-su with him, along with more star wattage in the form of Ha Jung-woo and Cho Jin-woong.
Set in China and Korea during the 1930s, when the peninsula was a colony of Japan, Assassination revolves around a group of killers assembled by Korea's resistance fighters, whose mission is to wipe out targets supporting the Japanese occupation.
Fresh off box office hits The Thieves and The Berlin File, Gianna Jun (aka Jeon Ji-hyeon), will lead the assassin's group, while Lee Jung-jae (New World, The Thieves) will be play a resistance fighter and Ha Jung-woo (The Yellow Sea, 2010; The Terror Live), will take on the role of a gun for hire. Co-starring will be the redhot Cho Jin-woong, as well as Oh Dal-su and Lee Kyoung-young.
Choi, who was also responsible for The Big Swindle (2004), Tazza: The High Rollers (2006) and Woochi (2009), will produce the film with partner Ahn Soo-hyun under the Caper Films shingle. Assassination kicks off shooting this month in Shanghai and will be financed and distributed by Showbox, the studio behind The Host (2006) and a host of other major Korean titles. Choi's latest will be ready in time for next summer, when its potent cocktail of genre thrills, filmmaking knowhow and sizzling cast are sure to fill many seats.
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