Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Coming Attractions: Can EMPIRE OF LUST Keep the Fires of the Period Drama Burning?
By Rex Baylon
The period drama boom in the Korean film industry seems to show no signs of abating as March will see the release of Empire of Lust, Ahn Sang-hoon's third feature after Arang (2006) and Blind (2011). The film stars Shin Ha-kyun (Save the Green Planet, 2003), playing Kim Min-jae, the supreme commander of the Joseon dynasty, Jang Hyuk (The Flu, 2013) as the king's son, and Kang Ha-neul (Mourning Grave) as Min-jae's hedonistic son.
From the teaser trailer, it appears that Empire of Lust hits all the right period drama buttons; epic battles, court intrigue and a healthy dollop of sex. Will this film come close to topping Roaring Currents' box office numbers from last year or will more of the same just tire out audiences? My guess is that sexy, beautiful people always draw a crowd.
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