Director Kang Yoon-Sung is looking to maintain his hot streak. He was the mastermind behind 2017's surprise mega-hit "The Outlaws", which featured Ma Dong-seok and Yoon Kye-sang as leaders of warring factions of cops and criminals. The movie garnered several best new director awards for Kang Yoon-Sung - it was his first feature film.
While "The Outlaws" has already been green-lit for a sequel, Kang Yoon-Sung is trying a different kind of criminal underworld story with "Long Live the King". The story deals with a gangster who bumbles his way into national politics. "Long Live the King" is based on the popular Naver webtoon of the same title, with a billion page views and almost two million subscribers.
According to Kang Yoon-Sung, while "The Outlaws" was a serious action film, "Long Live the King" will be more of a comic action movie. He described his interest in the project as being borne out of a desire to have fun telling different kinds of stories.
Kang Yoo-sung's desire to have a good time has been confirmed by his lead actor, Kim Rae-won. He described their working relationship as being the best. In practice he said they're completely in synch with the product they're working on. Jin Seon-kyu, who also plays a big role in the movie, has stated that Kang Yoo-sung is an excellent listener who is always open to suggestions.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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