Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo and Jung Woo-sung

After the 2016 blockbuster The Age of Shadows, director Kim Jee-woon has assembled another top flight cast for his next film, a sci-fi action film based on a 1999 Japanese anime.

The film’s production company, Louis Pictures, has announced that the casting for the film, tentatively titled ‘Inrang’ has been completed, with Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Moo-yeol, Han Ye-ri and Huh Joon-ho set to take up important roles.

The film is based on the acclaimed animated thriller from 1999, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, an adaptation of the Kerberos saga manga by Japanese master Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell). The original story, set in an alternate Post-WWII Japan, will be adapted to a Korean context.

Set in the near future, where North and South Korea have announced their reunification after a preparation period of seven years, the film will feature an anti-reunification terrorist sect, a counter-terrorism unit and a powerful government security bureau clashing in a violent scenario.

Gang plays an elite forces officer torn between responsibility and conscience after watching the death of a young female member of the anti-reunification sect, while Han plays the girl’s older sister with suspect motives. Jung, who has earlier worked with Kim Jee-woon on the 2008 action comedy The Good, The Bad, The Weird, plays a legendary officer, who had once trained Gang.

Principal photography for the film is scheduled to begin in August 2017, with the makers planning a summer 2018 release.

(Source: The Korea Herald, Screen Daily)