BY Julie Jones | Jun 05, 2015 08:29 AM EDT
Jun Ji Hyun’s last role as Hallyu star Chun Song Yi in “You Who Came From The Stars” was often comical. Her new role is dead serious. In her soon-to-be-released film “Assassination” she plays sniper Ahn Ok Yoon.
Ahn Ok Yoon is the leader of an assassin group fighting for Korean independence. The film's story is set Seoul, Manchuria and Shanghai during the 1930s when Japan ruled Korea. At that time many Korean resistance fighters were stationed in China so they could operate without interference from Japanese authorities. But that did not always mean they were safe. When orders come down to assassinate a prominent Japanese army commander, those in charge decide that Ahn Ok Yun is the right assassin for the job. There was only one problem. Ahn was locked inside a Shanghai prison where she was sentenced to die. To ensure that she can carry out her assignment, they must first break her out of jail.
Getting out of prison does not mean that Ahn Ok Yoon is safe. She does not know that one of her comrades is an undercover agent for the Japanese. Ha Jung Woo plays the gun for hire and undercover agent known as Hawaii Pistol. He has orders to kill Ahn Ok Yun.
Ahn takes her orders from Yeom Suk Jin, played by Lee Jung Jae, an agent for the Korean interim government. Choi Jin Woong plays Ahn’s right-hand man and firearms specialist Soksapo. Oh Dal Su will play another resistance fighter on her team.
If the success of the film’s trailer is any indication, the film should sell a lot of tickets. When the visually stunning trailer was first released, it received over 500,000 views on Naver in a single day.
The film reunites Jun Ji Hyun with two previous co-stars and a director she enjoyed working with. It offered her another chance to act with Lee Jung Jae, who appeared in her previous film “The Thieves. And it provided a reunion with Ha Jung Woo, whom she co-starred with in “Berlin File.” Choi Dong Hoon, who directed “The Thieves” and “Tazza” The High Rollers,” is also the director for “Assassination,” which has a release date in July.
The track record of the previous Jun-Lee-Choi collaboration “The Thieves” also bodes well for the success of “Asssassination.” The 2012 caper film became the second most viewed Korean film of all time.
What do you think of the trailer? Check it out below and share your thoughts.
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