CJ ENM, a South Korean entertainment and retail company, announced on March 3 that Seobok will be released on the over-the-top (OTT) media service TVING as well as in theaters on April 15.
The Film Business Headquarters of CJ ENM said, “In this situation where the consumers’ perspectives and needs for content are rapidly changing due to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the production management of Seobok has decided to release the film on TVING to meet more audiences through various platforms.”
Seobok, directed and written by Lee Yong-ju, follows Min Gi-heon (played by Gong), an ex-agent of the intelligence bureau who is tasked to transfer in secret the first ever human clone named Seo Bok (played by Park), who possesses the secret to immortality, and protect him from those who want to take advantage of this capability. The movie is a reimagined narrative in the modern setting of the tale of Xu Fu (pronounced “Seo Bok” in Korean), a Chinese alchemist and explorer from the Qin Dynasty tasked by Emperor Qin Shi Huang to find the elixir of life.
The film was initially slated for release back in December 2020, but the rising number of cases due to the pandemic prompted the management to postpone its release. Seobok marks Gong Yoo’s comeback to films in two years after starring in Kim Ji-young: Born 1982 (2019), as well as Park Bo-gum’s return to the silver screen after six years, following his last appearance in the film Coin Locker Girl (2015).