'Fire' to ignite Hawaii closing

Stanford screening secured slot for island festival

SEOUL – “71-Into the Fire,” a new war blockbuster by  director Lee Jae-han, was selected the closing film of Hawaii International Film Festival, which runs October 14-24.

The film, a story of student soldiers from the Korean War, which broke out in 1950, was produced to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the war. It stars major Korean celebrities including the actor Kwon Sang-woo and member T.O.P from popular boy band Big Bang.  

The news from Hawaii came shortly after the film’s screening at Stanford University last month, followed by reviews from the international press. The film is expected to compete for Korea's nominee as best foreign-language Oscar. Locally, the film opens Wednesday.