Director Lee Joon-ik is perhaps best known for historical dramas like “The King and The Clown” and “The Throne”. After “Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet” and “Anarchist From the Colony”, he is back with his latest film “Sunset in My Hometown”, which is marketed as the third film in his “Youth Trilogy”.
Underground rapper Hak-soo has challenged TV audition programmes for 6 years but never gets into the finalist. On the day that he fails his 7th audition, he receives a call from his hometown that his father is in the hospital. He rushes to his hometown Byeonsan, which he has left since high school only to find it is his father’s plot to bring him back to Byeonsan. He immediately heads back to Seoul, but circumstances lead him back to Byeonsan, the small, boring suburb where he meets his school friend Seon-mi.
After “Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet”, the film reunites Lee Joon-ik with actor Park Jung-min (“Bleak Night”, “Keys to the Heart”). Also starring Kim Go-eun (“A Muse”, “Coin Locker Girl”), “Sunset in My Hometown released in South Korea on July 4th, and is expected to have a limited international release in the near future.