SOUTH KOREA - November 24


(Popcorn Film) Int'l sales/dist: Showbox. Noirish dramaabout a detective, prosecutor and gangster, all equally vicious. Dir: KimSung-soo. Main cast: Kwon Sang-woo, Yu Dong-geun.
Contact: Showbox, (82) 2 3218 5626

(Angel Underground) Int'l sales: Cineclick Asia. Horroromnibus in three segments by Korean women directors. Prod: Jenna Ku. Dir: MoJi-eun, Yoon Jae-yeon, Kim Eun-sook. Scheduled for delivery in summer 2005.
Contact: Cineclick Asia, (82) 2 538 0211

(Jeonwonsa) Budget: $1.5m. Backer: Chungeorahm Films, KOFIC,Happinet Pictures [Japan], MK2 [France]. Int'l sales: Chungeorahm [Asia], MK2[rest of world]. Dist: Chungeorahm. Sixth film by Woman Is The Future Of Mandirector Hong Sang-soo. Exec prod: Choi Yong-bae, Martin Karmitz. Prod: HannaLee. Dir/Scr: Hong Sang-soo. Main cast: Kim Sang-kyung, Eom Ji-won. Shootingfrom December.
Contact: Chungeorahm Films, (82) 2 548 2953

(Chungeorahm Films) Backer: Chungeorahm Films, HappinetPictures [Japan]. Dist: Chungeorahm Films. Big-budget creature/disaster movieset along the Han River that runs through Seoul. Exec prod: Choi Yong-bae.Prod: Jo Neung-yeon. Dir: Bong Joon-ho. Scr: Bong Joon-ho, Ha Joon-won. Proddes: Ryu Seong-hee. Main cast: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong. Shooting fromDecember 2004.
Contact: Chungeorahm Films, (82) 2 548 2953

(Production M) Budget: $6-8m. Int'l sales: Korea Pictures. Periodaction film about a male-female detective team in 19th century Korea. Dir: LeeMyung-Se. Main cast: Ha Ji-won, Ahn Sung-ki, Kang Dong-won.
Contact: Korea Pictures, (82) 2 3443 8738

(b.o.m. Film Productions) Drama about a woman who isdiagnosed with AIDS and her boyfriend. Exec prod: Oh Jung-won. Dir: ParkJin-pyo. Main cast: Jeon Do-yeon, Hwang Jeong-min. Shooting from early 2005.
Contact: b.o.m. Film Productions, (82) 2 3445 6199

(Blue Storm) Backer/dist: Show East. Drama about a woman who meets another manwhile her husband is in a coma. Dir: Hur Jin-ho. Main cast: Bae Yong-joon.Shooting from December.
Contact: Show East, (82) 2 3446 9590

(Moho Pictures)Backer/dist: CJ Entertainment. Third film in Park's 'revengetrilogy,' about a woman who is betrayed by her boyfriend. Dir/Scr: ParkChan-wook. Main cast: Lee Young-ae.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8291

(East Film) Budget: $2.8m. Backer: Cineclick Asia, HappinetPictures. Int'l sales: Cineclick Asia. Drama based on a Mongolian folk taleabout a boy and his horse. Exec prod: Myung Kay-nam. Dir/Scr: Jang Sun-woo.Shooting from June 2005 in Mongolia.
Contact: Cineclick Asia, (82) 2 538 0211


(Tube Entertainment) Backer/Int'l sales/dist: Tube Entertainment.Animated action/comedy set in a futuristic society that is completely poweredby human feces. Exec prod/Dir: Joe Bum-jin.
Contact: Tube Entertainment, (82) 2 547 9371

(Cinema Service) Backer/Int'l sales/dist: Cinema Service.Sequel to 2002 black comedy/detective film. Exec prod/Dir: Kang Woo-suk. Maincast: Sol Kyung-gu, Jung Jun-ho. Shooting from September 20.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2 2192 8731

(Sidus Pictures) Budget: $4.7m. Backer: IM Pictures,Showbox. Int'l sales: Mirovision. Dist: Showbox. A trek to the South Pole turnsinto a horrific nightmare. Exec prod: Tcha Seung-jai. Co-prod: Bridget Bourke.Dir/Scr: Im Phil-sung. DoP: Jeong Jung-hoon. Main cast: Song Kang-ho, YuJi-tae, Kang Hye-jung, Park Hee-soon, Yoon Je-moon, Kim Kyung-ik. Shooting fromMay 25 in Korea and New Zealand.
Contact: Mirovision, (82) 2 737 1185

(Cinema Zenith Entertainment) Dist: Lotte Cinema. A romanticcomedy about the relationship between an A blood type woman and a B blood typeman. Exec prod: Kim Do-chan. Prod: Song Su-geun. Dir: Choi Seok-won. Scr: ChoiSeok-won, Seo Dong-won, Lee Yun-jin. DoP: Kim Dong-eun. Ed: Park Gok-ji. Proddes: Kim Ki-cheol. Cost des: Cha Seon-young. Music: Kim Young-kwan. Main cast: LeeDong-gun, Han Ji-hye.
Contact: Cinema Zenith Entertainment, (82) 2 3443 9377

(b.o.m. Film Productions)Backer/dist/Int'l sales: CJ Entertainment. Action noir about a gangsterasked to follow his boss's girlfriend. Exec prod: Oh Jung-wan. Prod: LeeEugene. Dir/Scr: Kim Jee-woon. DoP: Kim Ji-yong. Prod des: Ryu Seong-hee. Maincast: Lee Byung-heon, Shin Min-ah, Kim Young-chul. Shooting from August 2004.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8291

(Fun & Happiness Film) Budget: $4.5m. Int'l sales:Cinema Service. Mystery thriller about a series of murders that take placeduring Korea's Chosun Dynastry in the 19th century. Exec prod: Kim Mi-hee.Prod: Kim Sung-jae. Dir: Kim Dae-seung. DoP: Choi Yeong-hwan. Prod des: MinEon-ok. Main cast: Cha Seung-won, Park Yong-woo, Ji Sung. Shooting from June27.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2 2192 8731

(Cineline II) Budget: $6.7m. Backer/Int'l sales/dist: KoreaPictures. Drama about Korea's first female aviator, who lived in the 1920s.Exec prod: Seok Myung-hong. Prod: Lee Chi-yoon. Dir: Yoon Jong-chan. Scr: LeeIn-hwa, Yoon Jong-chan. DoP: Yoon Hong-shik. Prod des: Kang Jong-ik. Main cast:Jang Jin-young, Kim Ju-hyuk, Yu Min, Han Ji-min, Toru Nakamura. Shooting inChina, Japan, Korea, and U.S.A. from February 2004.
Contact: Korea Pictures, (82) 2 3443 8738

(sio_t Film) Co-prod: Bravo Entertainment. Backer/dist: Show East. Story of a poorboxer who accepts money to let people beat him up. Dir/Scr: Ryoo Seung-wan.Main cast: Choi Min-shik, Ryoo Seung-beom, Im Won-hee, Byun Hee-bong. Shootingfrom September 17.
Contact: Show East, (82) 2 3446 9590

(Culture Cap Media)Backer/dist: Show East. A famous overseas Korean dancer is invited toKorea for a competition, but her sister ends up coming in her place byaccident. Exec prod: Kim Dong-joo. Dir: Park Young-hoon. Main cast: MoonGeun-young. Shooting from late October.
Contact: Show East, (82) 2 3446 9590

(Culture Cap Media) Budget: $2.2m. Backer/dist: Show East. Comic drama based on an internet novelabout a 15-year old couple faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Dir: Kim Ho-jun.Main cast: Kim Hye-seong, Park Min-ji.
Contact: Show East, (82) 2 3446 9590

(Good Player) Dist: CJ Entertainment. Comedy about a 26-yearold man forced to take care of a nine-year old boy. Exec prod: Kim Jeong-su.Co-prod: Kwon Oh-sung. Prod: Kim Kyung-gyu. Dir: Oh Sang-hoon. Scr: LeeHyun-su, Oh Sang-hoon, Kim Dae-jin. DoP: Lee Seok-hyun. Ed: Kyung Min-ho. Proddes: Lee Su-kyung. Cost des: Ok Su-kyung. Main cast: Lim Chang-jung, LeeIn-seong, Lee Sang-hoon, Maeng Sang-hoon, Ji Dae-han.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8291

(MKB) Budget: $4.5m. Int'l sales: MKB. Drama centered aroundthe real-life assassination of authoritarian Korean President Park Chung-hee in1979. Dir: Im Sang-soo. Main cast: Han Suk-kyu, Baek Yoon-shik, Kim Yun-ah.
Contact: MKB, (82) 2 3453 5210

(Cineline II) Backer: Showbox, Cine Qua Non[Japan]. Int'lsales/dist: Showbox. Drama about a autistic man in his 20s who competes in amarathon. Dir: Jeong Yun-cheol. Main cast: Cho Seung-woo, Kim Mi-sook. Shootingfrom September.
Contact: Showbox, (82) 2 3218 5626

(Chungeorahm) Co-prod: Generation Blue Films. Backer:Chungeorahm, Happinet Pictures [Japan]. Dist: Chungeorahm. Drama about a careerwoman who gets involved with a new man after her long-time boyfriend leavesher. Exec prod: Choi Yong-bae. Dir/Scr: Kang Yi-kwan. Main cast: Moon So-ri,Kim Tae-woo.
Contact: Chungeorahm, (82) 2 548 2953

(Zininsa Film) Budget: $10m. Int'l sales/dist: CJEntertainment. Maritime action film about a modern-day pirate who has beenbetrayed by both South and North Korea, and who wishes to take revenge. Dir:Kwak Kyung-taek. Main cast: Jang Dong-gun, Lee Jung-jae. Shooting from October.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8291

(Film Mania)Backer/dist: Show East. Drama about inline skaters and street life. Dir/Scr:Jeong Jae-eun. Main cast: Cheon Jeong-myung, Kim Kang-woo, Lee Cheon-hee, JoYi-jin, On Ju-wan, Kim Sang-hyuk. Shooting from late August.
Contact: Show East, (82) 2 3446 9590

(Taewon Entertainment) Budget: $2.5m. Int'l sales/dist: CinemaService. Comedy about two twin brothers: one a successful lawyer and the othera long-suffering ordinary guy. Exec prod: Chung Tae-won. Prod: Kim Jong-hyun.Dir/Scr: Park Heung-sik. DoP: Jeong Han-cheol. Prod des: Kim Sung-wan. Costdes: Kim Jeong-won. Main cast: Jung Jun-ho, Yun Soy, Kim Hye-na, Park Jeong-su,Park No-shik, Park Sang-wook.
Contact: Cinema Service, (82) 2 2192 8731

(Sidus Pictures) Budget: $6.7m. Backer/dist: Showbox. A group of North and South Korean soldiersin the middle of a confrontation are transported back in time to the ChosunDynasty. Exec prod: Tcha Seung-jai. Dir: Min Joon-gi. Main cast: ParkJoong-hoon, Kim Seung-woo, Hwang Jeong-min, Gong Hyo-jin. Shooting from July 23in Korea and China.
Contact: Showbox, (82) 2 3218 5626

(Film It Suda) Backer: Showbox, Cine Qua Non [Japan]. Int'lsales/dist: Showbox. Based on popular stage play by Jang Jin set during theKorean War about a Southern soldier, a Northern soldier, and a U.S. soldier whofind themselves in the same small village. Dir: Park Kwang-hyun. Music: JoeHisaishi. Main cast: Shin Ha-kyun, Jeong Jae-young, Kang Hye-jung.
Contact: Showbox, (82) 2 3218 5626

(MKB) Backer/Int'l Sales: Kang Jegyu & Myung Films.Sequel to the popular 2002 sex comedy, this time set in a girls' school. Execprod: Lee Eun, Choi Jin-hwa. Co-prod: Lee Jong-ho. Dir: Jung Chosin. Scr: ParkChae-woon. DoP: Seo Jeong-min. Ed: Nam Na-young. Prod des: Lee Dae-hoon. Maincast: Kang Eun-bi, Park Seul-gi, Jeon Hye-bin, Lee Ji-hoon, Shin Ju-ah, JeonJae-hyung. Shooting from September.
Contact: MKB, (82) 2 3453 5210


(Well Made Entertainment) Co-prod: Yu-bin Pictures. Backer/dist: CJ Entertainment. Drama about a disadvantaged woman who goesthrough university and beyond thanks to the help of a nameless benefactor. Execprod: Kim Hyung-joon. Prod: Koo Seung-cheol. Dir: Gong Jeong-shik. Scr: KimHyung-joon. DoP: Park Hee-ju. Prod des: Ha Sang-ho. Main cast: Ha Ji-won, ShinYi, Yeon Jeong-hoon, Jeong Jun-ha.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8291

(Fun & Happiness Film) Dist: CJ Entertainment. Int'lsales: Cineclick Asia. A boy and girl in their last year of high school areforced under different circumstances to take up ballet lessons. Exec prod: KimMi-hee. Prod: Shin Hye-eun. Dir: Byun Young-joo. Scr: Shin Hye-eun, ByunYoung-joo. DoP: Sung Seung-tae. Ed: Park Gok-ji, Go Nak-seon. Prod des: LeeIn-ok. Music: Jo Young-wook. Main cast: Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Min-jung, Do Ji-won,Jin Yu-young, Eun Ju-wan, Lee Jun-gi, Kim Dong-wook.
Contact: Cineclick Asia, (82) 2 538 0211

(JU Production) Budget: $2.5m. Dist: Chungeorahm. Comedyabout three older gangsters who are released from prison after a long sentence.Exec Prod: Yu Byung-seok. Dir/Scr: Oh Ji-myung. DoP: Jo Dong-kwan. Ed: GohIm-pyo. Cost des: Kim Hyang-hee. Music: Oh Jin-woo. Main cast: Oh Ji-myung,Choi Bor-am, Noh Ju-hyeon, Kim Hak-chul. Scheduled for December 3 release.
Contact: Korean Film Council, (82) 2 958 7585

(Chungeorahm) Co-prod: Film Bank. Backer: Chungeorahm,Happinet Pictures [Japan]. Dist: Chungeorahm.An elderly woman from a rural village has a rare disease and cannot ridein cars. To see her daughter's wedding, she sets off on a long journey by foot.Exec prod: Choi Yong-bae. Prod: Choi Hyuk. Dir/Scr: Koo Sung-jo. DoP: ChoiChan-gyu. Lighting: Kim Dong-ho. Music: Jeon Sang-yun. Main cast: Goh Doo-shim,Son Byung-ho, Kim Ye-ryung, Kim Yu-seok, Lee Hye-eun, Park Won-sang.
Contact: Chungeorahm, (82) 2 548 2953

(Taechang Entertainment) Budget: $2.3m. Horror film about atrain haunted by ghosts of a former wreck. Dir: Kim Dong-bin. Main cast: SongIl-guk, Jang Shin-young, Kim Hye-na, Lee Eol. Scheduled for January release.
Contact: Taechang Entertainment, (82) 2 2266 0084

(Sidus Pictures) Co-prod: Studio 3. Budget: $5.0m.Backer/Int'l sales/dist: CJ Entertainment. Biopic of legendary pro wrestlerRikidozan, who found worldwide success in post-war Japan as an ethnic Korean.Exec prod: Tcha Seung-jai, Shinya Kawai. Prod: Kim Seon-ah. Dir: Song Hye-sung.DoP: Kim Hyung-gu. Lighting: Lee Kang-san. Prod des: Hisao Inagaki. Main cast:Sol Kyung-gu, Miki Nakatani, Tatsuya Fuji, Masato Hagiwara. Scheduled forDecember 15 release.
Contact: CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 726 8291

(Popcorn Films) Dist/Int'l sales: Showbox. Drama aboutgood-looking, accomplished lawyer who after a major accident finds himselfdealing with a highly unattractive body. Dir: Kim Do-hyuk. Main cast: LeeSung-jae, Kim Hyun-joo.
Contact: Popcorn Film, (82) 2 549 9339

(The Zone Film) Budget: $1.7m. An updated version of the Korean fairy tale'The Princess and the Fool,' in which the two are reincarnated asmodern-day high school students. Dir: Oh Deok-hwan. Main cast: Im Eun-kyung,Eun Ji-won, Park No-shik, Kim Je-rok.
Contact: The Zone Film, (82) 2 538 1920