SOUTH KOREA - November 3


(Cineline II) Backer/Dist: Korea Pictures. Drama about Korea's first female aviator, who lived in the 1920s. Prod: Seok Myung-hong. Dir: Yoon Jong-chan. Scr: Lee In-hwa, Yoon Jong-chan. Main cast: Jang Jin-young, Kim Ju-hyuk. Shooting in China, Korea, and U.S.A from late October.
Contact: Korea Pictures, (82) 2 3445 4192

(Dreamsearch Entertainment) Budget: $3.0m. Dist/Int'l sales: Showbox. Based on the story of a legendary martial arts fighter who left Korea for Japan in the early 20th century. Exec prod: Victor Hwang. Prod: Jung Yong-il. Dir/Scr: Yang Yun-ho. Ed: Park Soon-duk. Music: Park Jin-young. Main cast: Bi (Choi Bae-dal), Yumin (Yoko).
Contact: Showbox, (82) 2 3444 6262

(Lemon Tree Pictures) Co-prod: BM, LT Pictures. Backer/Dist: BM. Romantic comedy based on an internet novel about an ordinary high school girl and a boy who keeps getting into trouble. Dir: Lee Hwan-kyung. Main cast: Song Seung-hun, Jung Da-bin.
Contact: Lemon Tree Pictures, (82) 2 518 0178

(C& Film) Budget: $2.5m. Backer/Dist: Cinema Service. A horror film set during the Vietnam War. Exec prod: Chang Youn-hyun. Prod: Choe Kang-heuk. Dir: Kim Dong-bin. Scr: Kong Soo-chang, Pil Young-woo. Main cast: Gam Woo-sung. Shooting in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2192 8733


(Woori Films) Budget: $1.9m. Dist: Tube Entertainment. Melodrama about a physically challenged young woman who falls in love with a shy man she meets at the bus stop. Dir: Kim Jin-in. Scr: Kim Ji-hye, Lee Hae-young, Lee Hae-joon. DoP: Lee Du-man. Prod des: Lee Jin-ho. Main cast: Lee Beom-soo, Lee Eun-ju, Bong Tae-gyu, Byun Hee-bong, Kim Eung-su.
Contact: Tube Entertainment, (82) 2 547 4157

(Lascaux Entertainment) Budget: $3.7m. Animated feature based on a popular local comic by Chun Kye-young. Exec Prod/Dir: Min Kyung-jo. Prod: Im Jong-ho, Hong In-pyo.
Contact: Lascaux Entertainment, (82) 2 529 4852

(Film Mania) Budget: $2.3. Backer/Int'l sales/Dist: Cinema Service. Black comedy about a man who takes up ballroom dancing and falls in love. Scr/Dir: Park Jeong-woo. Main cast: Lee Sung-jae, Park Seol-mi, Kim Soo-ro, Lee Kan-hee, Kim Byung-choon. Shooting from late September.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2192 8733

(Big Blue Film) Budget: $2.5m. Backer/Dist: Chungeorahm (Big Blue Film). Int'l Sales: Cineclick Asia. Drama set against the backdrop of Korean history from 1960 to 1979, seen through the eyes of an ordinary barber who by chance becomes the personal barber of Korean president. Exec prod: Choi Yong-bae. Dir/Scr: Im Chan-sang. Main cast: Song Kang-ho, Moon So-ri. Shooting from September 2003.
Contact: Cineclick Asia, (82) 2 538 0211

(Sam Film Co.) Co-prod: Pocket Film, GON. Budget: $2.5m. Backer: Pocket Film. Dist: Showbox. Comedy about two North Korean soldiers who accidentally find themselves washed up on a Southern beach, and try to find their way back to North Korea. Exec prod: Kim Dong-hyun. Dir/Scr: An Jin-woo. DoP: Kim Yoon-su. Ed: Park Gok-ji. Cost des: Yang Min-hye. Music: Kang Hoon. Main cast: Jung Jun-ho, Gong Hyung-jin, Park Chul, Ryu Hyun-kyung, Park Sang-ok. Shooting from July 25.
Contact: Showbox, (82) 2 3444 6262

DON'T BELIEVE IN HER [working title]
(Shiseon Film Co.) Backer/Dist/Int'l Sales: Cinema Service. Romantic comedy about a woman who frequently lies and the man she meets on a train. Dir: Bae Hyung-jun. Main cast: Kim Hanul, Kang Dong-won. Shooting from August 15.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2192 8733

(Zeronine Entertainment) The next feature from the creator of Yonggary (1999), about a group of medieval serpent-like dragons who are transported to 21st century America, where they start fighting. Dir: Shim Hyung-rae. Scr: Michael Gerbosi.
Contact: Zeronine Entertainment, (82) 2 2635-3800

(Taewon Entertainment) Budget: $2.2m. Dist: Cinema Service. A thriller set in the National Institute of Math and Science. Dir: Yu Sang-gon. Main cast: Song Yoon-ah, Shin Hyun-joon. Shooting from May 30.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2192 8733

(M3 Entertainment) Backer/Dist: Showbox. Romantic comedy about a girl working at a fast food restaurant who becomes famous overnight through the internet. Prod: Kim Ui-jin. Dir: Park Han-jun. DoP: Shin Ok-hyun. Ed: Kim Seon-min. Cost des: Lee Ji-young. Music: Lee Jae-jin. Main cast: Kim Jung-hwa, Gong Yu, Nam Sang-mi, Baek Il-seop, Kim Ae-kyung.
Contact: Showbox, (82) 2 3444 6262

(Taehung Pictures) Backer/Int'l sales/Dist: Cinema Service. Story of a man who becomes involved in gang life during 1960s Korea. Exec prod: Lee Tae-won. Dir: Im Kwon-taek. DoP: Jung Il-sung. Main cast: Cho Seung-woo, Kim Min-sun.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2192 8733

(Sidus Corp.) Budget: $2.3m. Dist: CJ Entertainment. Comic action film about teenagers in 1970s Korea. Exec prod: Tcha Seung-jae. Dir/Scr: Yu Ha. Main cast: Kwon Sang-woo, Lee Jeong-jin, Han Gah-in. Shooting from June 28.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8484

MERMAID IN MY HOME [working title]
(Now Film) Backer: UniKorea. Int'l Sales: Cineclick Asia. A woman who has troubled relations with her parents goes to a small island and learns of her mother and father's love story from the past. Dir/Scr: Park Heung-shik. Main cast: Jeon Do-yeon, Park Hae-il. Shooting from mid-September.
Contact: Cineclick Asia, (82) 2 538 0211

(Keyweck Shidae) Backer: Korea Pictures, Sius. Dist: Korea Pictures. A strange friendship develops out of the fierce rivalry between an underworld boss and a police inspector. Dir: Kim Ji-hoon. Scr: Lee Ji-ho. Main cast: Jo Jae-hyun, Cha In-pyo, Song Seon-mi. Shooting from July 25.
Contact: Korea Pictures, (82) 2 3445 4192

(JWELL Entertainment) Co-prod: Foibos. Comic romance based on a popular internet novel about a woman who meets a man who is perfect except for his lack of manners. Dir: Shin Dong-yeop. Main cast: Ha Ji-won, Kim Jae-won, Kim Tae-hyun, Han Min. Shooting from August 23.
Contact: JWELL Entertainment, (82) 2 3487 4000

(Oak Film) Co-prod/Backer: Aeternam Films. Co-backer: Korean Film Commission. Int'l sales: Cineclick Asia. Dist: Chungeorahm (Big Blue Film). Thriller about a TV producer investigating a forest that is rumoured to be haunted, who then comes across a series of dead bodies. Exec prod: An Min-joon, Francesca Feder. Prod: Kim Dae-hyun. Dir/Scr: Song Ilgon. DoP: Kim Chul-ju. Cost des: Kim Eun-sook. Main cast: Kam Woo-sung, Suh Jung, Kang Kyung-hun, Jang Hyun-sung, Son Byung-ho. Shooting from October 21.
Contact: Cineclick Asia, (82) 2 538 0211

(Masulpiri Pictures) Budget: $1.5m. Backer: IM Pictures. Int'l sales: Cineclick Asia. Dist: Chungeorahm (Big Blue Film). Three men in their mid-60s compete for the affections of a woman the same age in a seaside village. Prod: Oh Ki-min. Dir/Scr: Lee Su-in. DoP: Park Ki-woong. Main cast: Ju Hyeon, Kim Moon-saeng, Song Jae-ho, Yang Taek-jo, Sunwoo Yong-nyeo, Park Young-gyu. Shooting from July 18.
Contact: Masulpiri Pictures, (82) 2 512 1973

(Studio Plus) Budget: $3.4m. Comic action film about a stuntman who accidentally gets mixed up in a diamond theft. Exec prod: Jay Kim, Kim Sung-hong. Prod: Kim Myung-kyun. Dir: Kim Sung-hong. Scr: Kim Sung-hong, Lim Jin-pyung. DoP: Jang Jun-yeung. Ed: Kyung Min-ho. Main cast: Kim Myung-min, Park Yong-woo, Hong Eun-hee.
Contact: Mirovision, (82) 2 737 1185

(Kang JeGyu Films) Budget: $13m. Backers: Kang JeGyu Films, Showbox, etc. Int'l sales: Kang JeGyu Films. Dist: Showbox. Big-budget blockbuster about a man unwillingly drafted into the army during the Korean War (1950-1953), and his brother who joins the war in order to save him. Exec Prod/Dir: Kang Je-gyu. Prod: Choi Jin-hwa. Scr: Kang Je-gyu, Han Ji-hoon, Kim Sang-don. DoP: Hong Kyung-pyo. Prod des: Shin Bo-kyung. Cost des: Lee Ja-young, Kim Jung-won. Main cast: Jang Dong-gun, Won Bin, Lee Eun-ju, Jeon Jae-hyung.
Contact: Kang JeGyu Films, 82 2 2193 2001.

(Genesis Pictures) Budget: $2m. Backer: I Pictures. Int'l sales: Cineclick Asia. Dist: Chungeorahm (Big Blue Film). Comedy about two policemen in a small town where there are never any crimes. When the police station is threatened with closure, the officers decide to stir up some crime in order to keep their jobs. Dir/Scr: Koo Ja-hong. Main cast: Yang Dong-geun, Hwang Jeong-min. Shooting from October 1.
Contact: Cineclick Asia, (82) 2 538 0211

(Miracin Korea) Co-prod: UniKorea. Budget: $1.3m. Backer: Miracin Korea, UniKorea, MK2 [France]. Int'l sales: MK2 [except Asia]. Dist: CJ Entertainment. Drama about two men who go to Bucheon city in search of an old girlfriend. Prod: Hanna Lee. Dir/Scr: Hong Sang-soo. Main cast: Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Tae-woo, Seong Hyun-ah. Shooting from September.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8484


(Keyweck Shidae) Backer: Sius, Daesung Group, etc. Comedy about a DJ in a low class dance hall whose wife runs away, leaving him to look after his talented young son. Exec prod: Yoo In-taek. Dir: Lee Sang-hoon. Scr: Jang Sa-hyun. DoP: Kim Jae-ho. Ed: Moon In-dae. Prod des: Lee Chul-ho. Music: Kim Chang-hwan, Jang Dae-sung. Main cast: Jung Woong-in, Yoo Seung-ho, Chae Min-seo, Lee Young-ja, Jung Bo-seok, Kim Mi-hwa. Shooting from August 4.
Contact: Keyweck Shidae, (82) 2 514 4242

(Fun & Happiness) Budget: $3.8m. Backer/Int'l Sales/Dist: Cinema Service. The story of a policeman and his female sidekick who develop supernatural skills in martial arts. Exec prod: Kim Mi-hee. Dir: Ryu Seung-wan. Prod des: Jang Geun-young, Kim Kyung-hee. Main cast: Ryu Seung-bum, Yoon So-yi, Ahn Sung-ki, Jung Du-hong. Shooting from April 12.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2192 8733

(Digital Dream Studios) Animated film set in a far-off galaxy, about the princess of a warring tribe who builds a robotic Ark to protect her people. Exec Prod: Lee Jung-guen, Earl Jarred, John Woo, Terrance Chang. Prod: Jung Kwang-chul, Kang Dong-jun. Dir: Hwang Hyo-seon, Kwak Jae-yong. Scr: David Weinstein, Jordan Itkowitz. Main cast: James Woods, Kirby Orrow, Chiara Zanni, Trevor Devall.
Contact: Digital Dream Studios, 82 2 2140 4043.

(Moviecam) Budget: $1.7m. A public prosecutor investigates a serial killer and discovers that she suffers from a mental disorder. Exec prod: Lee Hwang-lim, Park Seung-bae. Prod: Jung Jun-seop. Dir: Park Seung-bae. Scr: Lee Hwang-lim, Kim Seok-gon. DoP: Kang Dae-yong. Main cast: Kang Su-yeon, Jung Woong-in, Choi Jung-yoon, Jeon Jae-ryong.
Contact: Moviecam, (82) 2 518 0178

(Tube Pictures) Budget: $1.9. Int'l sales/Dist: Tube Entertainment. Romantic comedy set in a spa town during the month before Christmas. Exec prod: Kim Seung-beom. Prod: Hwang Woo-hyun, Hwang Jae-woo. Dir/Scr: Lee Geon-dong. DoP: Choi Young-taek. Ed: Kim Yong-su. Cost des: Kim Yu-seon. Music: Kim Dae-hong, Kim Yang-hui. Main cast: Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Seon-ah, Park Young-gyu, Hong Kyung-in, Kim Ji-young. Shooting from mid-June to October 13.
Contact: Tube Entertainment, (82) 2 547 4157

(Koo & Film) Budget: $3.75m. Backer/Int'l Sales: KM Culture. Dist: Showbox. Story of two mountain climbers who meet on an expedition, and who unknowingly are in love with the same woman back in Seoul. Exec prod: Koo Bon-han. Prod: Choi Kwi-deok. Dir: Kim Eun-sook. Scr: Seo Ji-young, Kim Eun-sook, Park Mi-young. DoP: Yoon Hong-shik. Ed: Kim Sang-beom. Cost des: Kim Hee-ju. Main cast: Lee Sung-jae, Song Seung-heon, Kim Ha-neul. Shooting in Canada and Korea.
Contact: KM Culture, (82) 2 512 8156

(Dream Max) Co-prod: Tin House. Budget: $1.7m. Int'l sales/Dist: Tube Entertainment. Comic drama about a high school girl who starts dating a man who is the exact opposite of all she wants in a man. Dir: Lee Eon-hee. Scr: Kim Jin. Main cast: Lee Mi-sook, Kim Rae-won, Im Su-jeong. Shooting from late March.
Contact: Tube Entertainment, 82 2 547 9371

(Hanmac Films) Budget: $4.5m. Backer/Dist/Int'l sales: Cinema Service. Remake of a 1969 fantasy/martial arts film by veteran director Shin Sang-ok about a general whose young lover is possessed by a thousand-year old evil spirit. Prod: Jonathan Kim. Co-prod: Doe Sung-hee, Choi Hee-il. Dir: Lee Kwang-choon. Scr: Hong Ju-ri. DoP: Lu Yue, Kim Yun-soo. Ed: Lee Hyun-mee. Prod des: Shen Li De. Cost des: Zhou Jian Hua. Main cast: Kim Hyo-jin, Jung Jun-ho, Kim Hye-ri.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2192 8733

(Doosaboo Film) Budget: $2.5m. Co-prod/Backer: Film Z. Dist: CJ Entertainment. Comic spoof of the Hong Kong classic A Chinese Ghost Story. Exec prod: Je Jeong-hun. Dir/Scr: Yoon Je-gyun. DoP: Kim Yong-chul. Ed: Kim Seon-min. Prod des: Choi Ki-ho. Cost des: Kwon Yu-jin. Hair: Park Sang-hee. Music: Hwang Sang-jun. Main cast: Kim Min-jong, Choi Sung-guk, Jin Jae-young, Hwang Shin-jeong, Shin Yi. Shooting from late June to October.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8484

(EGG Films) Budget: $2.3m. Backer: Daesung Group, etc. Int'l sales: Cineclick Asia. Dist: Show East. Mystery/drama about a man kidnapped and thrown into a private jail for 15 years without realising what he did wrong. On his release, he tries to discover who imprisoned him. Exec prod: Kim Dong-joo. Prod: Im Seung-yong. Dir: Park Chan-wook. Scr: Hwang Jo-yoon, Im Joon-hyung. DoP: Jung Jung-hoon. Ed: Kim Sang-bum. Music: Cho Young-wook. Main cast: Choi Min-shik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung. Shooting in Seoul, Busan and New Zealand from May 12.
Contact: Cineclick Asia, (82) 2 538 0211

(Hanmac Films) Budget: $6.5. Dist/Backer/Int'l Sales: Cinema Service. True story about a group of trained assassins who rebel against dictator Park Chung-hee in 1960s South Korea. Exec prod: Jonathan Kim. Dir: Kang Woo-suk. Scr: Kim Hui-jae. DoP: Kim Seong-bok. Ed: Goh Im-pyo. Main cast: Sol Kyung-gu, Ahn Sung-ki, Heo Jun-ho, Jung Jae-young, Im Won-hee, Kang Sung-jin, Kang Shin-il, Lee Jeong-heon.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2192 8733

(Tube Pictures) Budget: $1.7m. Dist/Int'l Sales: Tube Entertainment. Comedy about a former shaman and his three sons, all from different mothers. Exec prod: Hwang Woo-hyun, Hwang Jae-woo. Scr/Dir: Kim Su-hyun. DoP: Kim Chul-ju. Ed: Kim Hyun. Prod des: Park Hye-sung. Music: Lee Byung-hoon. Main cast: Kim Seok-hoon, Yeh Ji-won, Jung Jae-young, Park Sun-woo, Jang Sun-woo.
Contact: Tube Entertainment, (82) 2 547 4157