In 1997 two young American men walked into what used to be the Burger King in Itaewon and stabbed to death another young man, Cho Jung-pil, whom they did not know. Each blamed the other and each wound up a free man. Today comes the news that actor Jeong Jin-yeong has been cast in the upcoming movie based on the case.
45-year old actor Jeong Jin-yeong has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming film “The Itaewon Murder” (이태원 살인사건).
“The Itaewon Murder” is a cinematic rendering of the true life “Cho Jun-pil Murder Case” which took place 12 years ago in the Itaewon neighborhood in Seoul. The shocking case, in which the child of a US soldier and a Korean-American randomly killed the university student Cho in a hamburger restaurant in Itaewon in April of 1997, ended without the killer being caught.
The case greatly angered the nation after the two, who each carried American citizenship, were released for lack of evidence.
In the film, Jeong plays the role of the prosecutor charged with the case. Haggard, desperate, angry, but also arrogant, the prosecutor in charge of the Itaewon hamburger shop murder becomes engrossed in the case while struggling to determine the true killer.
“The Itaewon Murder” will see director Hong Gi-seon behind the megaphone. Hong directed the 2003 film “The Road Taken” (선택) based on the life of political prisoner Kim Seon-myeong.
“The Itaewon Murder” was chosen for production last year by the Korean Film Council. Filming will begin when all minor roles have been cast.