To say that Liam Neeson, the Northern Irish actor who has starred in everything from Schindler’s List to Taken, has enjoyed an interesting career may read as something of an understatement.
Before reinventing himself as a bona fide action hero in the Pierre Morel’s Parisian thriller, Neeson was synonymous with the industry’s more awards-friendly features, and there are signs that the actor is poised to return to that niche (read: Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-tipped Silence). Then comes something entirely out of left-field, such as Korean war thriller Operation Chromite.
Helmed by Lee Jae-han, the white-knuckle ride sees Neeson barking orders as General Douglas MacArthur, who spearheads a US-endorsed mission to infiltrate a North Korean commander center. That’s a tactic that involves sending Lee Jung-jae out onto the front lines, who fights for the South Korean forces and, perhaps more importantly, to protect his mother.
CJ Entertainment will steer Operation Chromite onto these shores in time for August 12. Lee Bum-soo and Jin Se-Yun also star.
South Korean Navy Special Forces, Captain Jang Hak-soo and 7 members of the KLO (Korean Liasion Office) unit disguise themselves as a North Korean inspection unit and infiltrate the North Korean army command center in Incheon. Their mission directives from Gen. MacArthur are: 1. Recon enemy forces in Incheon and secure the mine chart, 2. Kidnap ‘Ryu Jang-choon,’ the second highest ranking officer in the North Korean command center, to acquire intel on the naval mine location and 3. On D-Day, light the Palmido light house as a signal to the main UN forces.