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Kim Joo-hyuk’s posthumous film ‘Heungbu’ to be released on time

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Updated : November 14 2017

Film industry insiders confirmed Monday that the film “Heungbu,” starring the late Kim Joo-hyuk, will be released in early 2018 amid concerns that it would be delayed due to the actor’s unexpected death on Oct. 30.

“Heungbu” deals with the power struggle between “yangban,” or civil bureaucrats and military officers with semi-hereditary nobility, under King Heonjong’s rule during the Joseon era. Amid societal pressures, a group of ‘yanban’ dream of changing the world.

Industry insiders revealed that shooting for the latter half of the film is currently under way.

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Deceased actor Kim Joo-hyuk (2nd from L) on "Heungbu" filming set (Yonhap)
For “Heungbu,” director Cho Geun-hyun, who was behind “26 Years” (2012) and “Spring” (2014), worked with screenwriter Baek Mi-kyung of the popular drama series “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” and “Woman of Dignity.”

In the film, Kim takes on the role of a wise yangban, Jo-hyuk, who looks after the local people, while actor Jung Woo plays the Joseon era’s finest public novelist.

Concerns had originally surfaced over whether the film would be released on schedule. However, film industry insiders reassured the public that “Heungbu” would not be delayed.

Kim was laid to rest at his family’s columbarium in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province. Along with “Heungbu,” Kim’s other posthumous film “Dokjeon” is scheduled for release in 2018.

By Catherine Chung (cec82@heraldcorp.com)

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