Jul 08, 2015 | 08:58 AM EDT

Ji Chang Wook Plays A Game Addict In His New Film

BY Julie Jones

In his new film, tentatively titled "Manipulated City," Ji Chang Wook plays Kwon Yoo, a man who is falsely charged with murder. Even before the false murder charges, his character had a slippery sense of reality. He's a game addict, whose life is consumed by the demands of one compelling game. In that fantasy game titled Team Resurrection, he's a leader. When he's not online, he's unemployed and his prospects don't look promising.

That's why his faltering grip on reality gets him in trouble. He is manipulated into letting himself get framed for a murder. He has to get his act together, face up to reality, and defend himself.

Shim Eun Kyung, last seen in the drama "Tomorrow Cantabile" and the film "Miss Granny," plays a genius hacker who works with him to prove his innocence.

According to his agency, Glorious Entertainment, Ji Chang Wook previously committed to a project titled "Martial Arts," also known as 'Two Constables." Originally slated to start filming early in 2014 the project was reportedly postponed due to budget issues. By July of 2014 the sets were not yet constructed and the casting was not yet finalized. When the postponement was announced, Ji Chang Wook decided to take a role in the drama "Healer." As the production issues for "Two Contstables" were not resolved, he opted to take a role in "Modified City," which was previously known as "Sculptured Man."

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Ji previously appeared in the films "Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp," "Sleeping Beauty," and "How To Use Guys With Secret Tips" he was hard to spot. He became a star thanks to his recent drama appearances. Ji appeared in "My Too Perfect Sons," "Warrior Baek Dong Soo," "Smile Again," "Five Fingers" and "Bachelor's Vegetable Store." But it was his role as the emotionally unstable Emperor Tae Hwan in "Empress Ki" that made him a star and his role as a mysterious messenger in "Healer" made him even more famous.

In a 2014 interview with TV Report he spoke about the career-altering role.

"People said that 'Empress Ki' would mark a turning point in my life and of course I am thankful to that show," he said. "I really enjoyed filming it. However each of my works is precious to me. Regardless of whether they were successful or not, in my heart, each project is given a similar weight."

According to the Korean media outlet Sports Donga, the film begins shooting in July and will appear in theaters in 2016. Park Kwang Hyun, who directed "Welcome to Dongmakgol" and "No Comment," will direct the film.

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