South Korean film company Show East's head of international business Michelle Son has left to launch a new sales outfit, M-Line Distribution.

The new company will make its debut at the upcoming Asian Film Market during the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).

'We have to look harder for good Korean titles these days - which we are doing - but M-Line will also be diversifying with co-productions and English-language films,' said Son, who is now managing director of M-Line.

The start-up will debut Jin-sung Park's psychological horror film Evil Spirit: VIY in the Korean Vision section of PIFF. The film is an innovative adaptation of Russian/Ukranian author Gogol's short story Viy.

Son's English-language titles include Graham Green's psychological thriller The Torturer, starring Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek); Richard Wellings-Thomas' Sisterhood, a UK-New Zealand co-production starring Nicholas Ball (Footballers' Wives); and family adventure film Little Bear And The Master, in which a martial arts master teaches a young Native American boy how to battle vicious poachers in the Rockies.

In addition, M-Line has picked up Hello, Schoolgirl, starring Old Boy nemesis Yoo Ji-tae, from M&FC which also recently closed its international sales team.

Also in the new agent's line-up, Hong Ji-young's love/lust triangle drama Kitchen, starring popular actor Ju Ji-hun (also in the upcoming Antique) and starlet Shin Min-a (A Bittersweet Life).

Show East is currently seeing a lull in its production activity. After six years as head of the investor/producer/distributor's international department, Son will continue to handle its library titles - including cuisine contest film Le Grand Chef, which is looking at upcoming releases around Asia.