One actor was last seen in the kimchi spaghetti western The Good, The Bad, The Weird . The other suffered in Bad Love. Both of these high profile Korean leading men will be appearing in blockbuster dramas next year.
Lee Byung Hun will make his drama comeback in the spy thriller IRIS (아이리스). The drama will be shot in locations around the world (including the USA) and will be directed by maestro Kang Je Gyu. Kang directed blockbuster movies such as Shiri (1998) and Taegugki (2004).
Kwon Sang Woo on the other hand, will star in Road No. 1 (로드 넘버원), which is a drama about friendship during the Korean war. It will probably remind you of the movie Taegukgi.
IRIS and Road No. 1 will start filming this autumn but are already attracting investors from Japan and some other countries.
IRIS is successfully inking a contract with Japanese investors, thanks to the reputation of LBH and director Kang. The producing company is also marketing the drama at Cannes International Film Festival at the moment.
Road No.1 will also be marketed in Japan and there are already talks with American investors as well.
LBH will start work on IRIS by September. IRIS will be aired in early 2009.
KSW will start work on Road No.1 by next February. Road No.1 will be aired on MBC, June 2009.
Source: ISplus with translations by Joe Gimm