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U.S. envoy visits 'Operation Chromite' set

All Headlines 11:56 March 08, 2016

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has visited the location where a movie on a crucial 1950-53 Korean War battle is being filmed, the film's producers said Tuesday.

Lippert took a trip to the film set in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province last Tuesday to meet the staff of "Operation Chromite," starring American actor Liam Neeson and directed by John H. Lee, Taewon Entertainment said.

Lippert stunned people there with his depth of knowledge of the Korean War, Jung Tae-won, head of the production company, said, adding that he provided snacks, souvenirs and an autograph on Neeson's chair.

The movie stars Neeson as General Douglas McArthur, who led the United Nations Command during the inter-Korean War. The "Taken" actor is the first Hollywood actor to appear in a South Korean movie.

Director Lee was behind the popular South Korean melodrama "A Moment to Remember" in 2004.

Producers say the movie will pay tribute to the little-heralded heroes of the Battle of Incheon, which saved South Korea from the brink of defeat and played a decisive role in its victory against the North.

It will specifically center on a secret intelligence unit that spied on North Korea to prepare for that historic battle.

The movie is expected to open in summer 2016.

sojungpark@yna.co.kr
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