Make sure you're strapped in for this one! A highly talented cast coupled with the directorial expertise of Lee Yong-ju promises an action-packed blockbuster like no other! Seo Bok is expected to be one of biggest Korean cinematic releases of the year. It will also be the first Korean film to be released simultaneously in theatres and via streaming media.
What's it about?
Interestingly, the film is a loose reinterpretation of the legendary story of Xu Fu (translated to Seo Bok in Korean), a Chinese court sorcerer who served during the Qin Dynasty and was twice tasked with travelling across the eastern seas in search of the elixir of life (surprise, he was unsuccessful). Seo Bok also deals with the theme of immortality, albeit a very modern take on it compared to the story of Xu Fu. The film follows the terminally Ki-hun, an ex-intelligence agent in charge of safely transporting the first-even human clone named Seo Bok, created through stem cell cloning and genetic engineering. Because the clone may possess the key to eternal life, several forces attempt to take control of it for their own personal gain. Ki-hun is roped into a struggle to protect Seo Bok and fulfil his mission.
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Who's starring in it?
Gong Yoo (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, The Silent Sea) takes the lead as ex-intelligence agent Ki-hun. The award-winning actor co-stars alongside another critically acclaimed actor, Park Bo-gum (Coin Locker Girls, Roaring Currents), who plays the first ever human clone, Seo Bok. Jo Woo-jin (Collectors, King Maker), plays Chief Ahn, the head of the Korean Intelligence Bureau whose task is to keep Seo Bok's identity a secret. Jang Young-nam (Metamorphosis, Innocent Witness) and Park Byung-eun (The Great Battle, Illang: The Wolf Brigade) are also credited as part of the main cast.
When can I watch it?
Principal photography began nearly two years ago, in May 2019. The film was unfortunately delayed from its intended release date of December 2020 due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic postponing the anticipated plans. Seo Bok is now scheduled for release on April 15th 2021, both theatrically and via streaming media TVING. According to the Korean film industry it is the first time that a Korean big budget film will be released at the same time in the theatres and Over-the-top media service.