Japanese producer Iseki Satoru (Battle Of Wits) has boarded epic mystery fantasy Sharaku (working title), which Park Tae-choon is directing for Korea's Studio2.0.

Studio 2.0 is co-financing and handling international sales on the $8m Korean-Japanese co-production, which will be shot in Japan with a mostly Japanese cast and crew.

Behind-the-scenes talent confirmed so far includes DoP Sakamoto Yoshitaka (Battle Of Wits) and art director Ikeya Noriyoshi (Hinochio). Park was assistant director on hit Korean action title Musa: The Warrior.

The film is based on the life of the famous Japanese 18th century painter Sharaku, who influenced the Impressionists, and elaborates on the theory that he was actually a Korean sent to Japan as a spy by the Chosun Dynasty.

Studio2.0 sales chief Choi Eun-young said that the film will set a new benchmark in Korean-Japanese co-productions: 'In Sharaku, the production will be more professionally divided and the collaboration between two countries will be more important than ever.'

The company is currently lining up two big stars for the film which is scheduled to start shooting in June. The project will also participate in this year's Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) which takes place March 17-19.