Even as his latest film “Parasite” has only just released in South Korean cinemas after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes and hot on the heels of the news that he is to receive the Excellence Award at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival, we have our first look at Song Kang-ho’s next film “The King’s Letters”.
A historical film about King Sejong who risked everything of his to invent the Hunminjungeum (Korean Script) for his people and the people who weren’t recorded in history.
“The King’s Letters” will be Song’s first historical film after 2015’s “The Throne”. Director Jo Chul-hyun, who also worked as a scriptwriter on “The Throne”, has managed to gather quite the star cast for his debut film. In addition to Song Kang-ho, the film also star Park Hae-il as the Monk Shin-mi, who was instrumental in the creation of the Hangul script, as well as Jun Mi-sun (“Hide and Seek”, “Mother”), Choi Duk-moon (“The Drug King”, “Microhabitat) and Jung Hae-kyun (“The Villainess”, “Montage”). The film releases in South Korea on July 24th, 2019.