Ma Dong-seok’s rise from strongman side roles to one of the most bankable stars in South Korea and a global superstar has been nothing short of incredible. 2018, in particular, was a strong year for the ex-MMA coach, with starring roles in the arm-wrestling comedy-drama “Champion” and the upcoming “Wonderful Ghost” (also called “The Soul-mate”), as well as a key role in the tentpole film “Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days”. Looking to finish the year off on a high, his final film of 2018 will be director Lim Jin-soon’s “The Villagers”.


Ki-Cheol begins work as a contract gym teacher at a high school in a quiet countryside village. Ki-Cheol feels weird because a female high school student went missing, but nobody in the village seems to care. Only Yoo-Jin, who is the missing girl’s friend, is sure that her friend has been kidnapped. Yoo-Jin and Ki-Cheol work together to find the missing girl, but Ki-Cheol learns that traces of the missing girl are disappearing.

“The Villagers” also stars child-prodigy-turned-leading-lady Kim Sae-ron (“The Man from Nowhere”, “A Girl at my Door”) along with Lee Sang-yeob (“The Flu”) and veteran actor Jang Gwang (“Silenced”, “Will You Be There?”). It is expected to release in South Korea at some point in November, 2018.