BY Adrienne Stanley | Jul 07, 2015 11:56 AM EDT
On July 7, the organizers of Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival (Fantasia 2015) announced the international premiere of the highly anticipated film, "Assassination." "Assassination" stars Jun Ji Hyun in her first onscreen role since leading the pan-Asian hit, "My Love from the Star."
The film marks the reunion of Jun with her "Il Mare" and "The Thieves" co-star, Lee Jung Jae, who received widespread praise for his 2013 role in "The Face Reader." They are joined by actor and director Ha Jung Woo whose breakout role in the 2008 serial-killer film, "The Chaser," helped to revolutionize Korean cinema.
Directed by Choi Dong Hoon (The Thieves), "Assassination" is an espionage film which focuses on the Japanese occupation of 1930's Korea. During this period, resistance fighters sought refuge in China, where they conducted covert operations targeting Japanese authorities.
Jun Ji Hyun portrays Ah Ok Yun, a top sniper who is freed from a Shanghai prison, where she was awaiting a death sentence. Lee Jung Jae is Yeom Seok Jin, an interim government agent who is responsible for freeing Ok Yun. Once she is freed, Ok Yun joins forces with other dissidents including hired gun Hawaii Pistol (Ha Jung Woo).
"Assassination" is scheduled to premiere for Korean audiences on July 22. The Fantasia International Film Festival, which will be held from July 14 through August 4, will host its international premiere.
Other noteworthy Korean films included in the dynamic lineup include Lee Min Ho's breakout film, "Gangnam Blues," "Haemoo" starring JYJ's Yoochun and "A Hard Day." Fantasia 2015 will also provide the opportunity for Canadian audiences to screen "The Royal Tailor" starring Park Shin Hye and Yoo Yeon Seok, as well as Big Bang's T.O.P in the hit film, "Tazza: The Hidden Card."
Ticketing information and the complete schedule can be found on the website for the Fantasia International Film Festival.
About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramastars. She is also a contributing writer for KpopStarz, MTV Iggy, Viki and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).
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