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Can’t get enough of South Korea’s political scandal? Satirical version is heading to the silver screen

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 November, 2016, 2:07pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 November, 2016, 2:08pm

The so-called Choi Soon-sil gate, the corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye’s confidant, will be made into a film.

Director Shin Dong-yeob will make a political satire of the ongoing influence-peddling scandal titled Gate, according to local filmmaker Thor Company.

Gate is about an elite prosecutor who seeks revenge on political heavyweights he was investigating after he suddenly loses his memory in a car accident.

“Shin initially planned to make a film about a treasure hunter during the Japanese occupation. But looking into the present situation, which is more movie-like than movies, he decided to film a political satire instead,” said the filmmaker.

As the Choi Soon-sil scandal unfolds and reveals the vast influence of the family involved in corruption ranging from politics to the culture sector, Shin’s 2015 action comedy Untouchable Lawmen has also regained public attention. The film deals with the investigation by a police detective and a profiler of a pseudo-religious head who has meddled in state affairs, which reminds viewers of Choi.