Production started July 7 onKim Ji-hoon's $10m drama, Hwaryuh-hanHyuga (lit trans: Splendid Holiday),about South Korea'sGwangju Massacre.

Old-school production houseKeyweckshidae, which previously worked with director Kim on Mokpo Gangster's Paradise, is producing.CJ Entertainment is co-financing and plans to release the film in March.

Set against the real eventsof the military government's bloody suppression of the Gwangju protests fordemocracy (May 1980), the story focuses on a young man who throws himself intothe protests when a friend is killed. His older brother and love interest are alsoswept up in the conflict.

The star-studded castfeatures Lee Joon-ki - who recently rose to stardom playing the transvestiteclown in record-breaker King And TheClown - as the hero of the tale.

Kim Sang-kyung, known fromBong Joon-ho's Memories Of Murder andHong Sang-soo's Turning Gate, playshis older brother, while veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki (Silmido) plays the father of Lee's love interest, Lee Yo-won (When Romance Meets Destiny).

Lee Joon-ki recently wrappedFly Daddy Fly in which he played ateenage fighting master who teaches a middle-aged salaryman how to protect hisendangered family.

Based on a Japanese novelwhich also spawned an unsuccessful Japanese film, Fly Daddy Fly nevertheless pre-sold to Japan's SPO for a reported$1.1m at the recent Cannes market.