A new Song Kang-ho film is quite the event in South Korean cinema. Possibly the country’s biggest superstar, and one of the best known South Korean actors around the world, Song Kang-ho is known to star in massive hits and his films are often South Korea’s official entries to the Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language category (all three of his latest films “A Taxi Driver”, “The Age of Shadows” and “The Throne” were successive submissions). So when he teams up with “Inside Men” director Woo Min-ho and Bae Doona, one of South Korea’s best actresses and Song Kang-ho’s co-star from “The Host”, big things are expected from the resulting collaboration “The Drug King”.
Set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970’s, Lee Doo-Sam builds an empire as a drug smuggler in the Busan underworld, while public prosecutor Kim In-goo attempts to take down Lee Doo-Sam.
Joining Song Kang-ho and Bae Donna (“The Host”, “Cloud Atlas”) is a strong supporting cast of Jo Jung-suk, who also starred alongside Song Kang-ho in “The Face Reader”, as Prosecutor Kim In-goo, Lee Hee-joon (“1987: When The Day Comes”, “Haemoo”) and Jo Woo-jin (“Rampant”, “Inside Men”) as well as a special appearance from the in-demand Lee Sung-min (“The Witness”, “A Spy Gone North”). “The Drug King” releases in South Korea in December, 2018, with a limited worldwide release to follow later.