South Korean Revenge Thriller ‘Seven Years of Night’ Set For US Release

Tae Hong
Mar 27,2018
Jang Dong-gun in "Seven Years of Night" (CJ Entertainment)Jang Dong-gun in "Seven Years of Night" (CJ Entertainment)

If there’s one genre in which South Korean cinema reigns, it’s the revenge thriller — and the latest offering from director Choo Chang-min is led by two heavyweight actors, Jang Dong-gun and Ryu Seung-ryong.

“Seven Years of Night,” set to release in select North American cities on April 6, unfolds within a remote village. Ryu plays a man who, caught in thick fog one night, accidentally runs over a young girl and dumps her body into a lake. Her father, played by Jang, is the village’s major landlord and seeks revenge against the man who killed his daughter.

Ko Gyoung-pyo, Song Sae-byuk and Jeong Hee-moon also star.

The film is based on “Seven Years of Darkness,” a best-selling novel by Jeong You-jeong.

"Seven Years of Night" (CJ Entertainment)
“Seven Years of Night” (CJ Entertainment)

"Seven Years of Night" (CJ Entertainment)
“Seven Years of Night” (CJ Entertainment)

Choo is best known for the critically acclaimed 2012 period drama “Masquerade,” which topped the Korean box office that year.

Jang, a perennial heartthrob in South Korea, has appeared in both films and television dramas since the early 1990s, while Ryu is a popular film star whose credits include some of the country’s highest-grossing projects, including “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” and “Miracle in Cell No. 7.”

Update: “Seven Years of Night” will no longer premiere in Los Angeles on March 30.