Disaster films in South Korea have known fair amount of success, with films like “Haeundae” and even the recent “Exit” scoring big at the box office. The latest film to tackle the genre is “Ashfall” (previously called “Mt. Baekdu”) by directors Lee Hae-Joon and Kim Byeong-seo, which also brings with it a massive all-star cast.
The tale of people who endeavor to stop the volcano of Baekdu Mountain from erupting.
In an Al Pacino/Robert De Niro/Heat type casting coup, the film has secured the services of mega stars Ha Jung-woo and Lee Byung-hun, making “Ashfall” the first film to feature both the stars together. In addition to the two huge names, it also features superstar Ma Dong-seok in an important role, along with starlet Bae Suzy and Jeon Hye-jin. The two directors are also no strangers to hit films, with Lee Hae-Joon having directed “Castaway on the Moon” and Kim Byeong-seo, in spite of working as a cinematographer for the majority of his career, has directed the surveillance thriller “Cold Eyes” before. It releases in South Korea in December, 2019.