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'I, The Executioner' to hit theaters in September following Cannes acclaim

Poster of upcoming action crime film ″I, The Executioner″ [CJ ENM]

Director Ryoo Seung-wan’s latest action film, “I, The Executioner,” a sequel to “Veteran” (2015), is set to hit local theaters in September, its distributor CJ ENM said Thursday.

The action crime film "I, The Executioner" revolves around veteran detective Seo Do-chul, portrayed by actor Hwang Jung-min, who appeared in the previous film, and a new team member, Park Sun-woo, played by actor Jung Hae-in, as they chase after a serial killer.

“I, The Executioner” was invited to the 77th Cannes International Film Festival’s Midnight Screening category in May. It had its first-ever screening and received a 10-minute standing ovation.

"Veteran," which premiered on Aug. 5, 2015, garnered 13 million moviegoers and is the fifth highest-grossing Korean film ever. The film follows the story of Do-chul and his team investigating a case involving a demonic heir, Tae-oh, played by Yoo Ah-in.

Ryoo is also set to shoot a new film, “Humint,” alongside a star-studded cast that includes Zo In-sung, Park Jeong-min, Park Hae-joon and Nana.

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BY KIM JI-YE [kim.jiye@joongang.co.kr]