Jung Woo-sung will make his directorial debut at The 47th International Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), when his film A Man of Reason is screened as part of the festival’s Special Presentation section.
A Man of Reason stars Jung, Kim Nam-gil and Park Sung-woong. In the film Jung plays ex-con Soo-hyeok. After 10 years in prison he visits his former girlfriend and learns he has a daughter. Her existence motivates him to avoid the mistakes that previously landed him in jail, but cutting ties with his former gang proves difficult. His old boss questions Soo-hyeok’s loyalty and uses his newly discovered daughter as leverage. Forced into a corner, Soo-hyeok must resort to violence to save his daughter and get his revenge.
A Man of Reason was acquired by Epic Films before its TIFF screening.
“Shakespearean in its violence, Jung Woo-sung’s A Man of Reason is a modern masterpiece in storytelling that is filled with some of the most adrenaline-inducing and innovative action sequences,” said Patrick Ewald, Epic Pictures Group CEO. “We are deeply grateful to the team at Acemaker Movieworks and Jung Woo-sung for allowing us to introduce this amazing thrill ride of a film to North American audiences.»
Jung also plays a role in another high-profile directorial debut at TIFF. That film is Hunt, directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Lee Jung-jae, the star of Squid Game. Both Lee and Jung star in Hunt, which will be screened at the festival’s Gala Presentation Section. Jung and Lee play agents with South Korea’s National Security Agency.
Jung has starred in dozens of Korean films, most notably The Good, The Bad and The Weird, Cold Eyes, Innocent Witness and the action thriller Steel Rain, as well as the TV dramas Padam Padam and Athena: Goddess of War. The South Korean actor recently served as an executive producer on the Netflix
Celebrated by TIFF’s programming team for its “hi-octane action sequences” and “memorable characters,” A Man of Reason is co-written by Jung and Jung Hae-sin and produced by Studio Take Co., Ltd. Song Dae-chan produced while Jung Hyun-joo executive produced.
A Man of Reason will be released theatrically and digitally in North America during the first quarter of 2023. Epic Pictures Group will distribute the film via their North American distribution arm, Epic Releasing.