Korean Live-Action Jin-Roh Film Aims to Cast Actress Han Hyo-joo
The Korea Herald newspaper reported on Wednesday that actress Han Hyo-joo received an offer to play the female lead role in Inrang, Kim Jee-woon’s live-action film of Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G‘s Jin-Roh – The Wolf Brigade anime film. Han’s agency BH Entertainment said that the actress has not yet decided to accept the offer, but is “considering it in a positive light.”
The Korea Herald also revealed that actors Gang Dong-won and Jung Woo-sung were also offered lead roles in the film. Gang has accepted, while Jung has not yet accepted.
While the report did not specify the role offered to Han, the original anime film’s female lead is the sister of a deceased suicide bomber who died in front of protagonist Kazuki Fuse. Fuse falls in love with the girl, which complicates his position as a member of the Capital Police. The Korea Herald describes the Korean project’s story: “It tells the story of a special task force’s attempt to create a unified government for the two Koreas.”
The Korean media portal Osen reported in December 2012 that Kim was “under consideration” for the Jin-Roh adaptation, although the film had not yet been green-lit at the time. Screen International then said in January 2013 that Kim’s next project after The Last Stand (a 2013 American film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger) “is most likely going to be a Korean film – a remake of Mamoru Oshii‘s Jin-Roh that takes place in Korea.” Since then, Kim directed Warner Brothers Korea’s 2016 film The Age of Shadows, which follows a real-life Korean double agent during Japan’s colonization of Korea before World War II.
The anime film written by Oshii (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence) takes place in an alternate history of Japan, where a Special Forces team is tasked with preserving peace in Japan during a time of civil unrest. Special Forces member Kazuki Fuse witnesses a suicide bombing by a young girl, and is forced to undergo retraining within the unit.