Korean sales agent CineclickAsia is introducing two new productions to international buyers at the AFM- Blue Swallow, based onthe true story of Korea's first female aviator, and Bong Joon-ho's $10m monstermovie The Host.
Both films were stirring upbuyer interest at the recent market Pusan film market, held alongside the PusanInternational Film Festival. First footage from both will be screened on thesecond day of the AFM.
Directed by Yoon Jong-chanand produced by Korea Pictures, Blue Swallow tells the story of Korea's first ever female pilotwho fought against the Japanese occupation in the early 20thCentury. The $9m film, which combines a love story with aerial actionsequences, is currently in post-production and scheduled for release in Koreathis December.
Distributor/financier KoreaPictures recently announced a strategic alliance with Cineclick which isrepresenting all but two of the company's titles at the AFM. The companypreviously operated its own sales division but this was dissolved following thedeparture of CEO Soma Chung earlier this year.
The Host, produced by Chungeorahm Film, is the story of aretarded father who fights a mutant creature in order to rescue his daughter.About half of the film's $10m budget, high by Korean standards, is assigned tovisual effects which are being handled by The Orphanage (The Day AfterTomorrow, Hellboy). Kevin Rafferty (Shark Tale, Star Wars Episode 1) is attached as visual effects supervisor.
The film, which is scheduledfor release next summer, is the first project from Bong since Memories OfMurder which topped the Korean boxoffice in 2003 with 5.25 million admissions and picked up best director at theSan Sebastian film festival.
Cineclick'sslate also includes horror title The Red Shoes and Beautiful, the new project from Korean auteurKim Ki-duk, which was recently featured in the project market at the PusanPromotion Plan.