Park Chan-Wook is all set to produce and co-write period thriller War and Revolt, which will mark his first collaboration with giant Netflix. It will be produced by Park’s own Moho Film – the Seoul-based production company behind Decision to Leave, The Handmaiden, and Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer in collaboration with Semicolon Studio.
Set against a backdrop of war, the story follows two childhood friends turned adversaries. It will star Gang Dong-won of Broker and Peninsula alongside Park Jeong-min, marking the first time the two leading actors have shared the screen. The gang will play Cheon-young, a character whose martial prowess defies his humble origins as a slave. Park stars as Jong-ryeo, Cheon-young’s former master and a descendant of Joseon’s most influential military family. After passing the military service exam, Jong-ryeo becomes the personal guard to the king, leading to a reunion with his former friend.
The top cast also includes Cha Seung-won as King Seonjo, a monarch who abandons his people at the onset of the Japanese invasion, only to seek redemption by restoring his royal authority after the war; Kim Shin-rock, known for her performance in Hellbound; Jin Seon-kyu; and Jung Sung-ill of Netflix series The Glory. Jung Sung-ill will be seen playing an intimidating Japanese warlord who recognizes Cheon-young’s extraordinary swordsmanship.
It will be produced by Park’s own Moho Film – the Seoul-based production company behind Decision to Leave, The Handmaiden, and Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer in collaboration with Semicolon Studio.
The filmmaker who last worked on the 2022 film Decision to Leave, which he directed, wrote, and produced. Park Chan-wook’s next project as a director is the HBO miniseries The Sympathizer, starring Robert Downey Jr in multiple roles. The show will be based on a 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnamese novel of the same name written by Viet Thanh Nguyen.