The Jakarta Post
In 'Swordsman,' Joe Taslim plays Gurutai, a cold-blooded commander from the Qing Dynasty. (Shutterstock/s_bukley)
The filming of Swordsman, a South Korean film featuring Indonesian actor Joe Taslim, kicked off on Thursday.
In the film, Joe plays Gurutai, a cold-blooded commander from the Qing Dynasty.
Through his official LINE account, he recently said he was learning Korean martial art Kumdo and the Korean language for the film, kompas.com reported.
Acting in the film are renowned Korean stars Jang Hyuk, Jung Man-sik, Choi Jin-ho, Jang Hyun-sung and Kim Hyun-soo, as well as Korean boy group BtoB’s Minhyuk.
“We underwent a long pre-production process and completed the preparation for yet-to-be-seen original action and martial arts scenes," the film's director, Choi Jae-hoon, said.
Slated for release next year, Swordsman tells the story of Joseon swordsmen during the transition period of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The film is produced by Opus Pictures, which previously worked on The Man from Nowhere and Snowpiercer.
This movie marks Joe’s first Korean production. In January, Korean news outlet hankyung.com reported that Joe had signed a contract with Korean agency Starfig Entertainment, which holds under contract, among others, actress Hwang In-young, Shin Yu-jeong, Hong Min-jung and Jung Ye-ji.
Joe was awarded Best APAN Star alongside Descendants of the Sun actor Song Joong-ki in Seoul, South Korea, last year. (mas/kes)
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