Four More Korean Films Confirmed for Rotterdam

BLACK STONE, CART, A MIDSUMMER’S FANTASIA and SET ME FREE Bring Count to 7 The 44th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is onlyfive days away. Joining the previously announced Alive, Made in China and A Matter of Interpretation are four more Korean films, including a world premiere and an international premiere. Screening for the very first time will be Black Stone, a French-Korean joint production from director ROH Gyeong-tae. The project initially took part in the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)’s Asian Project Market in 2009, as well as the 5th edition of KOFIC’s Ko-Production in Paris in 2012. ROH previously went to Rotterdam with his films The Last Dining Table (2006) and Black Dove (2011). Black Stone, which is ROH’s fourth feature, was invited to the Spectrum lineup. Also in Spectrum will be JANG Kun-jae’s film A Midsummer’s Fantasia, which will be presented as a European premiere. The Japan-Korea co-production d

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YOO Seung-ho and GO A-ra to Magically Fall in Love

Main Cast Confirmed for KIM Dai-seung’s THE MAGICIAN   Young but strong performers are coming together for The Magician (working title). Joining the already confirmed YOO Seung-ho is 24-year old GO A-ra of Pacemaker (2011) and popular TV series Reply 1994, who has signed up for the main female role. YOO Seung-ho, who is only 21-years old, is a veteran actor in the Korean film industry with his debut work dating back to 2002 with The Way Home. Following the box office hit of his debut, YOO continued to take part in films and TV series until he went to serve the country in the military. The Magician will mark his comeback after finishing his service this month, and has gained much interest from his fans and the media through the announcement of his casting.   YOO will be playing a magician who meets and falls in love with a princess, while GO will transform into the princess, on her way to get married off to China during the Qing Dynasty. Some of Korea’s favorite supporting act

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2014 KAFA+ Global China Pre-Biz Program Launched

A neighbouring industry that recently became an important partner to Korea is China. Ever since the signing of the Korea-China Co-production Agreement in July of this year during XI Jinping’s visit to Korea, the two industries didn’t waste any time in starting to work together. Educational subsidiary of the Korean Film Council (Chairman KIm Eui-suk, KOFIC), the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) has held its fourth year of a program called Global China Pre-Biz Program for filmmakers interested in entering the Chinese film industry. As China looks highly of Korean film industry’s planning, production, and human resources, Korean filmmakers also look positively into entering the neighbour’s industry. Especially at this year’s Pre-Biz Program, directors and producers who have worked with or are working on projects with China participated in the session, providing valuable and substantial help to those attending the event. The session was held from November 9th until the 13th for fi

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Korea-China Co-Production FINDING THE LOST MASTER

KANG Gyeong-jun and HUH Yoo-jung Cast as Leads A member of the idol group ‘Bob Girls’, HUH Yoo-jung and actor KANG Gyeong-jun have been cast for a Korea-China co-production film, Finding the Lost Master. The film which takes Korean traditional martial arts taekwondo as its subject matter is a collaborative production from Shenzhen’s CQG and Beijing’s JH ENT. KANG Gyeong-jun will play the male protagonist named KIM Hyun-bin, who is a national taekwondo representative from Korea attending the 200th anniversary of Choy Lee Fut, a martial arts academy in China. HUH Yoo-jung will act alongside him as a reckless interpreter named PARK Yoo-jung with a peculiar character. Big name staff and crew are involved in the film. Hong Kong director Lik-chi LEE responsible for Ones Upon a Time a Hero in China (1992) and Ten Brothers (1995) is partnering with the cinematographer of Thunder Cop (1996), Lau Hung-chuen. The main female character will be played by Angela Chen, a popular actress

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KWAK Jae-yong’s MEET MISS ANXIETY Opens in China

KWAK’s New Film Debuted on December 12th KWAK Jae-yong, the director behind My Sassy Girl (2001) and The Classic (2003), has introduced his new film Meet Miss Anxiety, which was released on December 12th in China. As My Sassy Girl, which starred CHA Tae-hyun and JUN Ji-hyun, was very popular in China and could be seen as the template for Meet Miss Anxiety, local expectations were high for the film. Meet Miss Anxiety stars China’s ZHOU Xun, who plays the main character, along with TONG Dawei, Wallace CHUNG and ZHANG Zilin. Meet Miss Anxiety is a romantic comedy which adjusted its tone according to the current trends of Chinese cinema. Director KWAK has built up a fan base in China due to his ‘girlfriend series’, which includes My Sassy Girl, Windstruck (2004) and Cyborg She (2008). A sequel to My Sassy Girl called My New Sassy Girl starring CHA Tae-hyun and Chinese actress Victoria is also on the way. But this film won’t be in theaters until 2015, so Meet Miss Anxiety is the first

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SEOUL SEARCHING to Debut in Sundance Premieres Lineup

80s Seoul Summer Camp Comedy Is US-Korea-China Co-Production Award-winning Korean-American filmmaker Benson LEE’s new film Seoul Searching will have its debut at next month’s Sundance Film Festival, as part of its Premieres lineup. A comedy set in a Seoul summer camp in the 1980s, the film marks LEE’s second invitation to the Park City fest. Three Korean teenagers living in the US, Mexico and Germany travel to Seoul for a special summer camp devised by the Korean government for foreign born nationals in Seoul Searching, a coming of age comedy based on real events from 1986. The film stars Justin CHON, Jessika VAN, CHA In-pyo and Crystal KAY. Seoul Searching is an American-Korean-Chinese co-production that was filmed in English on location in Korea. The project availed of the Korean Film Council’s location incentive program and was produced by US outfits Bowery Hills Entertainment and Mondo Paradiso Films while China’s Wonder Vision served as an investor. The USD 2.2 milli

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CGV Expands into Myanmar

Korean Exhibition Chain Adds New Market Korean multiplex chain CJ CGV, a subsidiary of the CJ E&M Group, will open its first location in Myanmar on December 6th. The top exhibitor in Korea, the company has in recent years expanded to China, Vietnam, Indonesia and the United States. The company announced on December 2nd that it has received the required authorization from the Burmese government to begin operating Junction Cineplex, which it will run with local corporation Shwe Taung Development. Junction Cineplex, which was set up in 2009, currently has six theaters in three locations which account for 15% of the country’s exhibition sector. Despite a population of 51.4 million, Myanmar’s film market counts only 70 screens which grossed USD 9 million last year. However, given the country’s changing economy and the relaxations of sanctions against it, strong growth is expected in the coming years with projections envisioning 7% growth by 2018. CGV, which operates

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SYIFF and AIYFF Sign MOU for Youth Film and Media

Accord Marks Step Towards Development On November 30th, the Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) and the Asia International Youth Film Festival (AIYFF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The agreement was the result of both festivals coming together in order to work towards the development of youth films and media. KIM Jong-hyun, the festival Director of SYIFF, was present while ZHAO Chong-jie from China attended on behalf of AIYFF. SIYFF looks forward to a more active partnership between Korea and China’s youths and hopes that the MOU will form the basis for educating and supporting the two industries’ audio-visual arts. AIYFF stated that it is a memorable day as the two industries are now able to visit each others’ film festivals and they looks forward to looking to SIYFF as a role model. SIYFF’s vision is to become the center of coming-of-age films. Currently, it programs about 140 films a year from 40 different countries. The festival will be facin

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Korean-Chinese Co-production BAD SISTER, released in China November 28th

JI Jin-hee Takes Lead Role Korean-Chinese co-production film Du Do-si I-ya-gi starring JI Jin-hee was released in China on November 28th. Directed by KIM Tae-kyun, of Volcano High and A Barefoot Dream,Du Do-si I-ya-giis a romantic comedy about a quick tempered Aries woman who become allies witha Cancer man to ruin her younger sister’s wedding. Taiwanese actress CHEN Yi-han, known for the film Hear Me plays the lead role. JI Jin-hee and Hye-rim of famous K-pop girl group ‘The Wonder Girls’ also appear in the film. JI Jin-hee acts as the Cancer man who is against his daughter’s wedding and Hye-rimplays his daughter Jae-hui, a lively college student in her 20s. Hong Kongese actress ZHONG Liti, famous for Jan Dara and The Bodyguard From Beijing, makes a love triangle in between CHEN Yi-han and JI Jin-hee. As it is a new film starring JI Jin-hee, who fascinated Chinese fans in hit films such as Perhaps Love, On the Road and Helios, it is expected to be success

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