‘Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet’ to screen with English subtitles

A historical film “Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet,” will be screened with English subtitles from this week, reports said Monday.

The film is based on the lives of renowned poet Yoon Dong-ju and his cousin, Korean independence activist Song Mong-gyu, during the Japanese colonial period. More than 1 million tickets had been sold as of Sunday since the film opened on Feb.17.

Lee Joon-ik, renowned for “The Throne (2014) and “King and the Clown (2005),” directed the low-budget (500 million won _ $430,000) film.

“Dongju” has already met its break-even point with its story about the painful history of two characters _ Yoon and Song in 1945, the period of despair and turmoil in Korea, whose culture had been suppressed.

Kang Ha-neul plays Yoon and Park Jung-min plays Song.

English subtitles will be offered nationwide from March 24.

By Bahk Eun-ji

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