Following Na Hong-jin’s hits thrillers The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, virtuoso actors Kim Yun-seok and Ha Jung-woo team up again for 1987 by director Jang Joon-hwan, who debuted with off-the-wall cult classic Save The Green Planet in 2003 and is known for his dark thriller Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013), featuring Kim Yun-seok in the lead role.

Taking place in 1987, the film is based on actual events surrounding the death of student activist Park Jong-chul, who died as a result of being waterboarded while being detained and questioned by policemen about the whereabouts of a radical leader. The police seek to suppress the incident, but students and other groups strive to reveal the truth.

Many university students struggled over President Chun Doo-hwan’s dictatorship and the aftermath of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising. Park Jong-chul was one of those students. His death triggered the June Democratic Uprising, which brought about the end of the military dictatorship (1961-1987).

Kim Yun-seok plays Officer Park who is involved in the incident while Ha Jung-woo a prosecutor who attempts to clarify the truth. The rest of the cast features Kang Dong-won (A Violent Prosecutor), Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden), Yoo Hae-jin (Veteran), Sul kyung-gu (The Merciless), and Yeo Jin-goo (Hwayi: A Monster Boy).

1987 is being produced and distributed by CJ Entertainment and went into production in April.


additional sources: Kobiz, Cine21