S. Korea to make film of raid against Somali pirates


SEOUL — The South Korean navy’s dramatic raid on Somali pirates who hijacked a ship will be made into an action film, a Seoul movie producer said Tuesday.

Navy commandos rescued the Samho Jewelry, an 11,500-ton freighter hijacked in the Arabian Sea, and its 21 crew — including eight South Koreans — in a dramatic pre-dawn raid.

Five pirates were killed in the Jan. 21 operation. The South Korean captain was wounded but none of the other crew members was injured. During the much-praised mission, the navy captured five pirates who were later flown to South Korea to face possible trial.

The upcoming movie will resemble “Saving Private Ryan,” a Hollywood epic about a group of U.S. World War II soldiers going behind enemy lines to rescue a paratrooper, said a spokesman for production house Christmas Entertainment. “This is such dramatic, perfect material for a movie,” said the spokesman, adding production will cost about 20 billion won (US$18 million). The film, whose working title is “Dawn in the Gulf of Aden”, will start shooting in September for scheduled release in February 2012.