Saturday March 16, 2013
Buzz about co-productions
By CLAIRE LEE
US-South Korean connections spark excitement.
FAMED South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming Hollywood debut, Snowpiercer, is already creating much buzz in the global film industry, and looks to be one of the most anticipated Korean-foreign joint productions of the year.
The sci-fi film, jointly distributed by Korea’s CJ Entertainment and American film studio The Weinstein Company, stars Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans and Jamie Bell, along with Korean heavyweight Song Kang-ho.
But Snowpiercer isn’t the only film that moviegoers should be excited about. A number of significant Korean-foreign joint productions are slated to be released this year, featuring some of the most popular Asian stars – including Korean singer BoA, famed Hong Kong-based, Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, and Henry Lau, a member of one of music group Super Junior’s sub-groups, Super Junior-M.
Among them, celebrated K-pop star BoA is making her Hollywood debut this year, with the release of her upcoming Korean-US joint production Cobu 3D.
In the film, she stars with American dancer and actor Derek Hough. The dance film is inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and features two young dancers as star-crossed lovers.
Meanwhile, Yeoh, who played Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson’s 2011 film The Lady, is starring with Henry Lau in Final Recipe. The film is directed by South Korean filmmaker Gina Kim, whose previous works include the 2007 romance Never Forever, which starred top South Korean actor Ha Joeng-woo and American actress Vera Farmiga.
Final Recipe tells the story of young aspiring chef Mark (Henry Lau), who decides to participate in an international cooking contest in an attempt to save his grandfather’s restaurant from going out of business. Lau is a Hong Kong-Canadian, and is known to speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and English.
Meanwhile, Korean actress Kim Hyo-jin (The Taste Of Money, Life Is Peachy) is starring in Korean-Japanese joint film Mumyeongin, along with Japanese actor Hidetoshi Nishijima (Sayonara Itsuka, Cut). The film, whose title literally translates to “The Nameless Person”, is an adaptation of Japanese writer Tsukasaki Siro’s novel Genome Hazard.
The mystery thriller tells the story of a Japanese man who one day realises all of his memories aren’t his own but someone else’s. He soon realises they were implanted in his brain by unknown forces.
The film is also slated to be released this year, according to its South Korean investor and distributor Lotte Entertainment. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network