Taiwanese actor Chang Chen will star in Kim Ki-duk's upcoming lovestory Breath, markingthe first time that the acclaimed Korean director has worked with a foreignactor.
The project, which is being sold internationally by CineclickAsia, also marks the first time that Chang has worked with a Korean filmmaker.
He is best known to Western audiences for his role in Ang Lee's CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon,and has also worked with Chinese directors Wong Kar Wai (Eros), Tian Zhuangzhuang (The Go Master) and Hou Hsiao Hsien (Three Times).
In Breath,which is Kim's 14th film, Chang will play a convicted prisoner who slowly fallsfor a woman who decorates his prison cell.
As with Kim's previous titles, Breath will have minimal dialogue and adistinctive visual style. Kim is now considering other Chinese and Koreanactors for the film which is scheduled to start shooting early next year.
Cineclick's AFM slate also includes new projects from Kim Jee-woon(A Tale Of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life) and Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Kim is gearingup to direct The Good, The Bad And The Weird (working title), an "oriental western"set in Manchuria, while Makhmalbaf plans to direct Two Footed Horse, about a rich lame boy who hires a poorboy as a horse, from next summer.