Cannes award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon (pictured) is set to star in Countdown, a drama/action film produced by the notable South Korean production company B.O.M.
The company’s track record includes films such as Lee Yoon-ki’s My Dear Enemy (also starring Jeon) and Kim Jee-woon’s A Bittersweet Life. Sidus FNH has announced they are handling local distribution and international sales.
Jeon Do-yeon picked up the Cannes Best Actress Award for her performance in Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine and recently was back in Cannes with the starring role in Im Sang-soo’s 2010 remake of The Housemaid.
Countdown also stars the powerhouse actor Jeong Jae-young, who was most recently seen in an award-winning performance in Kang Woo-suk’s Moss. The prolific actor has also starred in hits such as Welcome To Dongmakgol and Castaway On The Moon. He plays a debt collector hell-bent on catching a femme fatale con artist (Jeon).
“It’s a poignant story of a father who was once irresponsible and now desperately tries to reconnect with his deceased son after getting diagnosed of liver cancer. It’s 21 Grams meets Taken,” says Juyoung Park, head of International Investment & Distribution at Sidus FNH.
The film is to be directed by Huh Jong-ho, who worked as an assistant director to Park Kwang-su on Shiny Day and If You Were Me. Noted for his short films and scriptwriting, Huh is a graduate of Korea National University of Arts’ School of Film, TV and Multimedia.
Due to start shooting this month, Countdown’s total budget including P&A is set at $6m.
Sidus FNH will launch sales on the film at the upcoming EFM in Berlin.