Late Lee Sun-kyun’s movie ‘The Land of Happiness’ to release in August

A poster for the film  “The Land of Happiness' / Courtesy of NEW

The film “The Land of Happiness,” starring the late actor Lee Sun-kyun, will hit local theaters in August, the film’s distributor NEW confirmed.The period political movie is based on a real-life event, the assassination of former President Park Chung-hee in 1979. The story revolves around a man named Park Tae-joo (Lee), who is accused of the murder of the former president and put on trial for the assassination, and his lawyer Jung In-hoo (Jo Jung-suk), who fights to save Park from facing a death sentence.The film is directed by Choo Chang-min, whose previous works includes the 2012 smash-hit historical film “Masquerade” and the 2018 thriller film “Seven Years of Night.”

This is one of two films the late actor has finished filming before he passed away in December last year, along with the thriller “Project Silence,” whose release date is yet to be determined.Lee, who garnered the spotlight with the award-winning film “Parasite,” faced allegations of illegal drug use last October, which led him to undergo three rounds of police questioning. He tested negative for drugs but was found dead amid the investigation. A senior police officer in March admitted to leaking details of a drug investigation into the deceased actor including personal information about people connected to the case.His death stirred controversy with some questioning investigation procedures on whether the police invaded his privacy by making him stand at the press photo line before his questioning sessions. A group of people from the entertainment industry, including director Bong Joon-ho, released a statement calling for a probe into 스포츠토토존 the police’s handling of the investigation.

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