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[HanCinema's News] Aging Homely Men Unlikely Headliners for Next Month's Big Releases

While "The Battle: Roar to Victory" has been selling itself as a war epic, the last major blockbuster of the South Korean summer season has an unlikely leading man - Yoo Hae-jin, who's pushing fifty and does not look like a movie star.


Yet he also has a surprisingly strong box office record as the leading role in movies like "Confidential Assignment" and "Luck.Key" with many more supporting roles besides. He's humble about his credit, calling"The Battle: Roar to Victory" the story of many people's triumph.

"Metamorphosis" opens on August 21st with a smaller budget but has similar casting. Bae Sung-woo plays the lead character of the movie while Sung Dong-il plays, as often seems to be the case, a dad. Of course there the appeal is less about casting and more about the supernatural story of a demon inspiring disturbing transformations. Bae Sung-woo too has been humble in regard to his role, saying that while Gang Dong-won and Ahn Sung-ki may be his betters in acting, he has the better look.

Ma Dong-seok is about the same age as Yoo Hae-jin and Bae Sung-woo, although his reputation extends internationally too, as a reknowned big tough guy. His next joint is "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos", which builds off of the "Bad Guys" drama. Ma Dong-seok has promised a more intense, powerful experience compared to the drama for the film, which opens in time for Korean Thanksgiving weekend. The production values, at any rate, are expected to be larger.

Written by William Schwartz


"The Battle: Roar to Victory" is directed by Won Shin-yun, and features Yoo Hae-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol, Jo Woo-jin, Kazuki Kitamura, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Park Ji-hwan. Release date in Korea: 2019/08/07.


"Metamorphosis" is directed by Kim Hong-seon, and features Bae Sung-woo, Sung Dong-il, Jang Young-nam, Baek Yoon-sik, Kim Hye-jun, Cho Yi-hyun. Release date in Korea: 2019/08/21.


"The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" is directed by Son Yong-ho, and features Ma Dong-seok, Kim Sang-joong, Kim Ah-joong, Jang Ki-yong, Kang Ye-won, Jae Ho. Release date in Korea: 2019/09/11.

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