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November 11, 2014
Stunning 2015 Lineup from ShowboxStar Directors and Big Name Actors
 by June Kim KOBIZ
Showbox Entertainment also released its upcoming titles during the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) at the Showbox party which took place at Bay 101. Their 11 titles cover a range of genres and boast many star directors and big name actors. We Are Brothers is currently in theatres, with character actors KIM Sung-kyun and CHO Jin-woong as the leads. It is directed by JANG Jin of Guns & Talks (2001) and Someone Special (2004). The director of Tazza: The High Rollers (2006) and The Thieves (2012) is back with another star-studded epic, Assassination, which has cast HA Jung-woo, JUN Ji-hyun and LEE Jung-jae, and will be set in 1930s China. Director CHOI Dong-hoon has produced strong heist and action films throughout his career and many have great expectations for this new title.
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Based on YOON Tae-ho’s webtoon, Insiders, by Man of Vendetta (2010) director WOO Min-ho, is an action crime genre which deals with corruption in Korean society. The film will feature LEE Byung-hun and CHO Seung-woo. Sado is about a famous character in Korean history, the Prince Sado who died after being put into a rice box by his father. LEE Joon-ik has shown strength in period films through the critically acclaimed King and the Clown (2005) while mature actors SONG Kang-ho of Snowpiercer and YOO Ah-in of Tough as Iron will play the king and the prince respectively. MOON Geun-young features in a supporting role. A familiar name in the gangster genre, director YOO Ha is back with Gangnam Blues. Set in the 70s, this action drama with idol LEE Min-ho and veteran actor KIM Rae-won will take place in the famous Gangnam district and unravel the history of its development. The Detective K sequel, period action film Detective K: The Farmhand’s Daughter, will feature the return of actor KIM Myung-min, along with OH Dal-su and LEE Yeon-hee. KIM Sok-yun, who directed the first film will take up the directorial reigns again. The film is to be released in February. In the Mood for Love with MOON Chae-won and YOO Yeon-seok is a melodrama about a couple that meet on the KTX, Korea’s high-speed rail system, to Busan. CHO Kyu-jang is taking the director’s chair. Based on a real event, Geuk-bi-su-sa is about a young child that gets kidnapped twice in the late 70s. KIM Yun-seok will play the detective while YOO Hae-jin will also play a major role. It will be directed by KWAK Kyung-taek. Yeo-reum-ae Nae-li-neun Noon, or Snow That Falls in Summer (d/t), is an omnibus melodrama with JI Jin-hee, SUNG Yu-ri and KIM Sung-kyun. From the director of Le Grand Chef (2007), JEON Yun-su. JEON Do-yeon and director LEE Yoon-ki partner up again for A Man and a Woman, after working together on My Dear Enemy (2008). Playing the protagonist of a forbidden love, JEON will perform alongside GONG Yoo of Silenced (2011) with snow-covered Finland as their background. Director LEE Il-hyung’s directorial debut, Geom-sa-wae-jeon is about an innocent public prosecutor who was framed for a murder and decides to take revenge by gathering talented criminals to help him. HWANG Jung-min of New World (2012) will take the role of the public prosecutor.

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November 17, 2014
Webtoons, the Cradle of Korean CinemaWebtoon-based films, What are the elements of success?
by SONG Soon-jin KOBIZ
 Fashion King, a new film directed by OH Ki-hwan, who scored a megahit in China last year with the Korea`-China co-production A Wedding Invitation, has been released. The film is drawing the attention of moviegoers for the fact that today’s hottest young stars in Korea like JOO Won and Sulli are starring in it. A more interesting fact is that it is based on a webtoon.
A webtoon, as the name implies, is a cartoon published on the web. While comics and graphic novels are printed, published and sold offline, webtoons meet readers on Internet portal sites through computers or mobile phones. Since the IT industry is highly developed in South Korea, the idea to show cartoons on the Internet stirred interest, and the market ripple effects were much stronger than at first expected. The number of Webtoon fans increased and this growth only accelerated as smartphones became popular. Webtoon artists display production capabilities nearly as creative as filmmakers, using different devices such as scrolling, sound effects, animated pictures and Flash. This is why filmmakers see cinematic possibilities in webtoons.
Another advantage of webtoons is that most of them are free. In Korea, portal sites pioneered the system by helping webtoonists to grow. The sites pay them for their webtoons, and readers can enjoy their work for free. It is a perfect system to attract Korean teenagers and people in their 20s. Even those who cannot afford cultural activities can access webtoons easily. Accordingly, it gradually became established as a cultural product shared by everyone. It was a strong point that earned popularity from the public. To date, many webtoons have been adapted for the cinema. From big hit films like Moss directed by KANG Woo-suk and Secretly Greatly starring KIM Soo-hyun, to thriller films based on KANG Full’s webtoons like A.P.T and The Neighbors, or melodramas also derived from KANG Full’s work such as Crush on You and Ba:Bo, Korean webtoons have already played the role of a weighty source of ideas for the film industry of Korea.
Besides Fashion King, many other films based on webtoons are coming up. The original author of Moss YUN Tae-ho’s webtoon Insiders (Naebujadeul) is being made into a film and is expected to be a hit in 2015. This film, which began shooting in October and is currently in post production, deals in depth with the mechanism of corruption and graft in Korean society. Top actors LEE Byung-hun, CHO Seung-woo and BAEK Yoon-shik are featured. Mogyogui-sin (literally, “The God of the Bath”) directed by LEE Jeong-sub and starring KIM Young-kwang is scheduled to open shooting within the second half of this year. It is about a young man who is chased by creditors and hides out in a bathhouse, where he newly finds his talent as a scrubber. It is a comedy film containing the very typical Korean cultural codes of the bathhouse. It is produced by MoonWatcher and is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2015. KIM Yong-hwa, who directed Take Off and Mr. Go is working on a fantasy webtoon titled Singwa-hamkke (literally, “With the God”). It centers around an Asian theory about life after death and considers the meaning of life in a serious manner. REALies Pictures, which produced Masquerade acted fast together with CJ to purchase rights early on, and they have been developing and producing the film. Gosami Jib-nagatta (“A High School Senior Has Run Away from Home”), a webtoon by HONG Sun-pyo about a third-year student at a high school who leaves home, will be adapted by YOU Sun-dong, who directed Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp. Trace, a webtoon about psychics, and Jomyeong-gage (“Lighting Fixture Store”), a mystery-psychological comedy by KANG Full, are scheduled to be directed by HAN Jae-rim of The Face Reader and BYUN Young-joo of Helpless respectively. HWANG Mi-na’s Botox, a love story between a woman in her 40s and a young man in his 20s, and Nalmi-saneun-iyagi (“A Story about How Nam Lives”) are also in line to be adapted. In fact, not all webtoon-based films that have been made to date have been successful. Just a handful such as Moss, Secretly Greatly and 26 Years achieved significant results. Nevertheless, the film community has maintained a constant interest in webtoons. Moreover, films adapted from webtoons are usually shot on a large scale. Webtoons seem to be taking root as a key source material for Korean films. It is because webtoons display the widest spectrum in terms of variety of materials and genres, target audience and popularity. However, filmmakers know very well that such a film cannot find success merely from the popularity of the original webtoon. They already have an experience of failure from simply adapting popular webtoons without reinterpretation. Therefore, directors have recently started reinterpreting webtoons in their own styles. JOO Won, the leading actor of Fashion King said in an interview, “The director stressed the fact that we are not here to re-create the original story. He is going to borrow the basic elements, but we have to come up with a new creation, not a re-creation.” BYUN Young-joo, who is preparing to cinematize Jomyeong-gage (“Lighting Fixture Store”) said, “our protagonist is going to be totally different from the one in the original webtoon.” There is much attention about how it is going to work as filmmakers adopt a new strategy to take advantage of the popularity of webtoons, but creatively reinterpret them.

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December 8, 2014
AFM 2014 at a Glance: Korean Films Heat Up AFMProjects focusing on Korean culture attract attention     by JI Yong-jin KOBIZ

The 2014 AFM (American Film Market) closed on November 13th. Since its inception in 1981, AFM has stepped up not only as the largest film market in North America but also a substantial world market which boasts a global-based scale of film professionals from around 70 countries participating each year. This also means that AFM has become a market where worldwide film companies gearing up with new line-ups wait for with great anticipation. For the Korean film industry, this year’s AFM was a fruitful one. CJ Entertainment as the first Korean film industry to break grounds in the British market, made its mark by achieving the English sales of the highest grossing Korean film Roaring Currents which scored 17 million in local ticket sales. Roaring Currents attracting great interest in the international market when it replaced The Host’s top score of USD 1.98 million in the U.S. box office with a USD 2.70 million. CJ Entertainment conveyed the mood at AFM by commenting “Encouraged by the great response from the U.S. and Australian market, foreign buyers showed keen interest in Roaring Currents”. CJ Entertainment films’ move into the Asian market is noted as well. The latest work from YOUN Je-kyun, Ode to My Father, and KIM Hyun-seok’s C’est Si Bon both sold its in-flight screening rights to Hong Kong while A Bastard sold its theatrical rights to Japan. Films like Ode to My Father’s overview of Korea’s modern history through a father’s unfortunate life, and C’est Si Bon‘s background set in music hall ‘C’est Si Bon’ which inspired the Korean music scene’s folk wave during the 60s and 70s are anticipated to serve as ambassadors promoting Korean culture.    Lotte Entertainment displayed strong sales output in the Asian region. Tazza-The Hidden Card starring CHOI Seung-hyun, also known as T.O.P, a member of popular idol group Big Bang, was sold to China and Singapore, and The Pirates starring SON Ye-jin and KIM Nam-gil was sold to China. Especially, Criminal Designer attracted considerable interest not only from the Chinese market but also the North American and Japanese market, and is currently in talks to close sales. The film’s male lead KIM Woo-bin’s fame as a rising Hallyu (Korean Wave) star seems to have contributed to such accomplishment. Criminal Designer dealing with a group of specialists in search of hidden money follows up from filmmaker KIM Hong-sun’s crowd-pleasing sensuous thriller Traffickers. HAN Min-hyung, Director of International Sales at Lotte Entertainment, reported that “Criminal Designer was pre-sold to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines at Busan’s Asian Film Market with an addition of sales to Singapore at this year’s AFM”. Showbox/Mediaplex, Inc. focused on its 2015 line-up such as Gangnam Blues and Detective K: The Farmhand’s Daughter over current theatrical releases at film markets, and Gangnam Blues was sold to 11 territories. With only a trailer release and no market screenings, such accomplishments testified to the level of interest from foreign buyers which the foreign press caught on as well. The November 5th Screen Daily ran a first-page coverage on Gangnam Blues emphasizing the screen debut of LEE Min-ho, now a leading force of the Korean Wave with his TV series such as Boys Before Flowers and The Heirs. Showbox also gives a positive self-evaluation on its first-half-of-the-year foreign distribution line-up such as Insiders starring LEE Byung-hun and Top Secret Investigation starring KIM Yun-seok. Period piece The Royal Tailor dealing with the subject of Korean tradition costumes was also popular at AFM, attracting buyers from Asia such as China, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as Europe and the U.S. “International sales of period pieces are not so easy if it’s not a mix-genre such as action. However, The Royal Tailor with a plausible drama-line and unique subject matter that includes a conflict structure associative of Mozart and Salliereu, and the first catwalk during the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1895) raised considerable interest from European and American buyers,” stated International distributor Finecut. Fashion King based on the popular webtoon of the same title was sold to a number of Asian territories including Japan, Singapore and Malaysia at this year’s AFM. The film displays an impressive harmony of cartoon-like structure combined with serious drama. Meanwhile, M-Line Distribution joined the race at AFM with a number of sales. Slow Video (dir. KIM Young-tak) was sold to China and Taiwan, and Whistle Blower (dir. YIM Soon-rye) to Malaysia and Taiwan. 20th Century Fox affiliated FIP (Fox International Production) produced Slow Video is a comic and moving account of a man with dynamic visual acuity or the ability to capture moments of moving objects and landscapes who falls in love. The dedicated love for a woman by a man with an unusual ability is delivered in a well-layered performance by actor CHA Tae-hyun. Already raising awareness with its storyline inspired by the notorious ‘HWANG Woo-suk Scandal’ that rocked the world, Whistle Blower was sold to 11 Asian territories including Malaysia, Taiwan and China. The film traces a hidden truth through a researcher who chose his conscience over national interest and a TV producer invested in justice and the people’s right to know. The director YIM Soon-rye was praised for a well-balanced approach to the overly heated controversial case. In addition, Dad for Rent (dir. KIM Deok-su) was sold to Taiwan. The film deals with the rather absurd subject of a daughter posting the sale of her unemployed father on internet’s second-hand site. The film avoids falling into the conventions of juvenile humor and tells the story of heartwarming family ties in a contemplative–but-not-too-serious tone. With its lively touches, the film stands out from the numerous works on the subject of father or fatherhood. The King of Jokgu (dir. WOO Moon-gi) is about the ardent passion towards foot volleyball a group of university students who are back after their military service have. It sold its theatrical rights to China and in-flight rights to Kazakhstan. This is the second time for a Korean independent film to sell its in-flight screening rights to Kazakhstan since Shuttlecock (dir. LEE Yu-bin).
ZHANG Lu’s Gyeongju was sold to China. Starring PARK Hae-il and SHIN Min-a, the film is a poetically visual account of ‘first love’ presented in aesthetics unique to filmmaker ZHANG Lu. The film boasts impressive synergy between PARK Hae-il’s cunningly smooth performance and SHIN Min-a’s dreamlike image. Meanwhile, Scandal Makers (dir. KANG Hyoung-chul) sold its remake rights to India making it a total of three territories on top of Hollywood and China. It will be interesting to see how the film will be reinterpreted in each culture. Films with subject matters uniquely ‘Korean’ stood out in terms of Korean sales at this year’s AFM. From highlighting the heroic accounts of historical figure Admiral YI Sun-shin in Roaring Currents, and period piece on Korean traditional costumes in The Royal Tailor to a trip down Korean modern history set against Busan’s Gukje Market in Ode to My Father, films with Korean subjects and sensibilities attracted considerable interest. Gangnam Blues as a noir set during the 1970s Gangnam redevelopment rush also presents a slice of Korean society. Films with unique topics were popular among foreign buyers as well such as Slow Video with its unusual premise of dynamic visual acuity, and Dad for Rent with its rather ‘cheeky’ episodes. Works based on webtoons also stood out in sales. And with the influence of the ‘Korean Webtoon Wave’, film professionals sought out films based on webtoons of the same title like Insiders and Fashion King.

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June 11, 2014

THE INSIDERS Confirm Lee Byung-hun and Cho Seung-woo
Another Yoon Tae-ho's Webtoon-based Film Following MOSS


[by Tae Sang-joon KoBiz] Cho Seung-woo (Tazza: The High Rollers, 2006) has been confirmed to star in The Insiders, said Showbox/Mediaplex Inc. on June 6th. Cho will be cast as a public prosecutor who works against corrupt politicians. Director of Man of Vendetta (2010) Woo Min-ho will be taking the speakerphone for The Insiders which is based on a webtoon by Yoon Tae-ho. The work will dissect the corruption within Korean society. Cho will play the heroic public prosecutor named Woo Jang-hoon who will fight against the politicians who demand law to be bent for their benefit. Cho has received critical acclaim not only through film and TV series, but also from the world of musicals. It is his first feature in two years following The Peachtree (2012). A gang member with political power, Ahn Sang-goo, will be played by Lee Byung-hun. The chemistry between the two actors is highly anticipated. The Insiders will crank in during this summer and will release in theatres early 2015.

April 7, 2014

Lee Byung Hun coming back with 'Insiders'

[Source: NoCutNews via Hancinema.net] Actor Lee Byung Hun is starring in the new movie "The Insiders" based on the original web-toon by Yoon Tae-ho. Directed by Woo Min-ho, this movie takes a look at the corruption and irregularity rooted deep in the Korean society. Lee Byung Hun takes on the role of Ahn Sang-goo, a political gangster who falls to the ground after doing all the chores the higher ranking and deciding revenge against them. The actor is an international star who has starred in Hollywood blockbusters such as "G.I.Joe 2", "RED: The Legend" and more. He's expected to play a character unlike the ones he's done so far. "The Insiders" will be released next year.

[Source: Innolife Korea] Lee Byung-hun had chosen his next work. Production Company of ‘Insiders’ announced that he will be in this movie. It is based on the web-toon of Yoon Tae Ho who is well-known as the writer of ‘Moss’ and ‘Incomplete life’ and Woo Min Ho will direct this film. It is the story about the Korean modern and contemporary history. Lee Byung Hun will take the part of Ahn Sang Gu, the gang who is planning to revenge.

[by alim17 AllKpop.com] Actor Lee Byung Hun has been cast in a new movie directed by Woo Min Ho and written by Yoon Tae Ho called 'Insiders.' He will be playing the 'political gangster' Ahn Sang Goo in the movie, which is based on a web-toon of the same name. The movie focuses on the decay and corruption deeply rooted in Korean society through a sharp dissection of "inside people." Lee Byung Hun's character, Ahn Sang Goo, will play one of those corrupt people, who then become bent on revenge after his life comes to ruin. They will begin filming in July for a premiere in the first half of 2015!

June 3, 2014

Jo Seung Woo to Film 'The Insiders' with Lee Byung Hun

[By Staff Writer KDramaStars.com] Actor Jo Seung Woo confirmed his role in the most expected movie of 2015, "The Insiders." He is going to star in the movie as the prosecutor Woo Jang Hoon. Directed by filmmaker Woo Min Ho, "The Insiders" is based on the web cartoon of the same name by Yoon Tae Ho, who also wrote and drew the popular web cartoons "Mi Sang" and "Moss." In the film, actor Jo Seung Woo plays prosecutor Woo Jang Hoon, who uncovers bribery o the politicians. He is going to film with actor Lee Byung Hun, who plays the role of Ahn Sang Goo, the gang member who works for politicians. The film "The Insiders" team will start filming this summer, and premiere early next year.

June 12, 2014

Actor Baek Yoon Sik et al. Joining 'The Insiders' Cast

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Writer: Yoon Tae Ho l Director: Woo Min Ho

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March 28, 2014

Telling stories of 'incomplete lives'
Popular webtoon author Yoon Tae-ho shares his life and work 


By Claire Lee The Korea Herald

Webtoon writer Yoon Tae-ho says he barely enjoys his work. But it is his everything. 

“I never really got to do anything for pure enjoyment or for myself,” he said in an interview with The Korea Herald in his office in Seoul. “I’ve never played StarCraft. I’ve never played billiards. I don’t enjoy work, either. What I want to do is to do it well, do better.”

The 44-year-old is best known for his webtoon “Misaeng,” which means “an incomplete life.” The iconic series, which ran from 2012 to 2013 online and drew some 1 billion hits, tells the story of a young former go player who takes a job as an intern at a Korean corporation. The compelling narrative deals with the fierce competition for survival, claustrophobic work relationships and office politics. The characters are all flawed and layered, and all reach for what they think is better. But as the series’ title suggests, Yoon never lets any of them “have it all.” There is no such thing as a “complete” life.

“People tell me that I must be happy because I am living my dreams,” he said. “But compared to the kind of person that I wanted to be when I was a child ― I mean of course I wanted to be a cartoonist ― the person I am now is pretty much a monster. I’ve made too many mistakes and inconvenienced others too many times to be the person that I initially wanted to be: a just, healthy individual who overcomes his struggles rather gracefully. And no one achieves everything that they want. You can only strive. You can never be fully complete.”

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Webtoon writer Yoon Tae-ho poses in his office prior to an interview with The Korea Herald on March 7. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)

Yoon grew up in a rural area of Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, with an abusive, strict father. The family did not have many things, and Yoon suffered from a skin disease which severely affected his self-esteem as a child. “It was in the country, so kids would become friends by bathing in a river together,” he said. “I could not join them because I didn’t want to undress and show them my skin. That’s why I became obsessed with drawing cartoons. You have to be good at at least one thing in order for other kids to talk to you.”

One of his strongest childhood memories involves his father. Yoon’s father worked in Jordan for three years as a laborer, and while working in the foreign country, he never visited his family as he could not afford plane tickets. The day his father returned to his town, Yoon was sitting on the ground alone, playing with grass and a small piece of glass. He saw the cab, which carried his father, arriving, but could not run to his father to greet him.

“I always felt like I was an incomplete child for him, and that I was not good enough for him because of my skin,” he said. “And there my father was, arriving after three years, and I still could not approach him. I felt like he wouldn’t be happy to see me. I remember being stuck on the ground, just watching the cab coming in. I remember being ashamed of myself. This is one of the things that I remember the most from my childhood.” 

After being rejected by a university, Yoon became an assistant to renowned manga artist Huh Young-man and later to artist Jo Woon-hak. Yoon said he was an angry man during his 20s. He would get into fights a lot with strangers. 

“I would get into fights at a food stall, because I thought this person next to me was looking down on me because I was small in physique.” Meanwhile, he spent all of his free time trying to create his own work, practicing drawing night after night. He made his debut in 1993 with “Emergency Landing.”

Yoon is inarguably a great storyteller and researcher, as well as a top cartoonist. “Misaeng,” for one, is a result of countless interviews with real-life people who work for corporations. The seven professionals who agreed to be interviewed were in fact fans of Yoon’s previous work, “Moss.” One of Yoon’s ways to get the best answers was to be brave enough to ask the very “rudimentary” questions. 

“I think at first they didn’t want to be rude and wanted to treat me as someone who is knowledgeable,” he said. “So I told them, ‘Explain it to me as if you were explaining it to a middle school student.’ If you really want to know about something, you have to have the courage to look like an idiot, the courage to say you don’t know anything about what they know. And you start with very simple and basic questions, such as ‘How does your superior address you at work?’ People assume that you would know, but honestly, you don’t.”

Yoon credits his wife, whom he describes as a “fair and gracious” person, and their children for healing his childhood trauma. He said he’s a better and more positive person thanks to them. The name of the webtoon’s protagonist, Gu-rae, in fact means “Yes.” 

“When I was thinking about what to name the protagonist, I was smoking a cigarette,” he said. “And I happened to see my reflection in the window, and realized I was wearing a T-shirt with a giant ‘YES.’ And I instantly thought of the name Gu-rae. So I called my wife and asked her what she thought. She liked it, too. I wanted him to have that positive attitude regardless of how depressing the reality is. And I want the same for my children.”

“Misaeng” was also published in book form, and has sold some 600,000 copies. Yoon is starting season two of the series in October, this time featuring the lives of people who work for a smaller corporation. 

“The reason why a particular sentence is moving is not necessarily because that sentence was simply well-written, but mostly because the context that surrounds it in the narrative was persuasive,” he said, when asked for tips on writing. “A good sentence is not written, but discovered. Don’t try to just ‘write’ well. Try to get into the essence of the situation that you are trying to tell, and search for the words that are most needed there.”

 

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Google-translate: From a post by The Insiders' staff, coffee truck treat from Rubeurs on 9/30
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January 5, 2015
Most anticipated films of 2015
By Jason Bechervaise The Korea Times
Last year saw a number of new filmmakers emerge such as July Jung ("A Girl at My Door"), Lee Do-yun ("Confession") and Shim Sung-bo ("Haemoo"), but one of the striking features of 2015 is the number of established filmmakers releasing their latest features such as Ryoo Seung-wan, Na Hong-jin and Im Sang-soo.
‘Gangnam Blues' 
Among these names also includes Yoo Ha whose filmography includes the acclaimed "Marriage is a Crazy Thing" (2002). Yoo's latest "Gangnam Blues" is an eagerly awaited action-noir film that shares much in common with his well-received 2006 feature "A Dirty Carnival" owing to its gangster elements. Hitting local screens on Jan. 21, it features Hallyu star Lee Min-ho in his first leading role in a film alongside Kim Rae-won.
The pair play childhood friends who get separated when they get involved in political clashes after their shanty homes are demolished by local thugs amidst the height of political corruption when the now famous and affluent district of Gangnam was being transformed into a developed area in the 1970s.
‘Gokseong' 
Looking further ahead, Na Hong-jin who found success both home and abroad following his box office hit "The Chaser" (2008) and then further cemented his reputation as one of Korea's talented emerging directors with "The Yellow Sea" (2010) is currently working on the much anticipated "Gokseong" (working title) (W/T).
Planned for a release in the first of this year, it's being backed by Fox International Productions (FIP) and will be distributed by Fox Korea — the third Korean film to be funded by the U.S. studio following "Running Man" (2013) and "Slow Video" (2014).
The film takes place in a village where a detective (Kwak Do-won) and a shaman played by Hwang Jung-min ("Ode to My Father") seek to investigate a mysterious rumor that continues to spread.
‘No Country for Young Men' 
Also being backed by 20th Century Fox is Im Sang-soo's curious new film "No Country for Young Men" (W/T) that is expected to be released in the second half of 2015. Starring Ryoo Seung-bum ("The Berlin File" (2013)) and Go Joon-hee, it follows four characters who find a significant amount of money by accident, but when one of them is later caught by the millionaire and then brutally assaulted, they seek revenge.
Im's films tend to travel widely at festivals such as Cannes where "The Housemaid" (2010) and "The Taste of Money" (2012) both competed for the coveted Palme d'Or reflecting his appeal abroad.
‘Veteran' 
Looking ahead to the summer, Korea's action-maverick auteur Ryoo Seung-wan's ("The Berlin Film") latest "Veteran" (W/T) is scheduled to hit screens providing audiences with a chance to see his latest audacious action set-pieces. Starring Hwang Jung-min who is also playing the renowned mountaineer Um Hong-gil in "The Himalayas" (working title) that's due out later this year in addition to the aforementioned "Gokseong," he's looking to have another busy year.
In "Veteran," Hwang plays a detective who pursues a young millionaire called Tae-oh (Yoo Ah-in) — the third-in-line to a large conglomerate — after he beats up a man who helped him on one of his cases.
‘Assassination' 
Also planned for a summer release is Choi Dong-hoon's "Assassination" featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Ha Jung-woo, Jun Ji-hyeon, Lee Jeong-jae, Oh Dal-soo and Cho Jin-woong. Choi's engaging films consistently attract large numbers as seen with "The Thieves" (2013) that amassed close to 13 million admissions and also starred Jun Ji-hyeon and Lee Jeong-jae.
This film takes place in the Japanese colonial era (1910-1945) where a small band of fighters are ordered by the resistance government to take out a pro-Japanese group in the 1930s.
‘The Throne' 
Period films have become an increasingly prevalent feature of Korean cinema especially during the holiday seasons such as the lunar New Year and Chuseok. As such, this coming lunar new year (Feb. 18-20), the sequel "Detective K: Secret of the Lost Land" is due to hit local screens, but more eagerly awaited, perhaps, is Lee Joon-ik's "The Throne" due for a release in the second half of this year andstarring Song Kang-ho who experienced unprecedented success in 2013 when "Snowpiercer," "The Face Reader" and "The Attorney" all became huge hits.
Lee Joon-ik has established himself as one of the leading figures in the industry following the success of "The King and The Clown" (2005) and has made a number of period films. His latest one also features Yoo Ah-in ("Veteran") and Moon Geun-young — her first film in eight years — and is set during the reign of King Yeongjo (Song Kang-ho) that follows the life of Crown Prince Sado (Yoo Ah-in) who is condemned to death by his own father after deemed unfit to rule.
Other films 
Other significant local releases this year include the Korean war blockbuster "Western Front 1953" starring Sol Kyung-gu as well as the crime drama "The Classified File" directed by Kwak Kyung-taek and political drama "Inside Men" starring Lee Byeong-hun.
In addition to "The Throne" there are a number of period films also hitting screens including "Memories of the Sword" starring Lee Byeong-hun and Jeon Do-yeon initially scheduled for a release last year but pushed back. Jeon also stars in the romantic drama "The Shameless" (W/T) along with Lee Yoon-ki's "A Man and a Woman" (literal title), which are both expected to hit screens this year.
With other films including "The Great Tiger" (literal title) directed by Park Hoon-jung ("New World" (2013)) starring Choi Min-sik playing a hunter searching for the last surviving tiger on the Korean Peninsula during the Japanese occupation also set to attract audiences later this year, 2015 promises to be yet another exciting twelve months for the industry.
The writer is a film columnist for The Korea Times.

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December 29, 2014
Genre Diversity from Major 3 in 2015Big Lineups Feature Period, Thriller, Drama, Mystery Fare

by Pierce Conran Korean Cinema Today
With 2014 winding down, another big year for the local industry which cracked 100 million admissions on December 23rd, people are looking to the horizon for a glimpse of what’s in store for the new year from Korea’s major film studios. Continuing a period film trend that kicked off with Masquerade in 2012, each studio will once again present at least one costume drama in their new lineups. Beyond that, local staples such as thrillers and dramas appear prominently, but less common genres also abound along with genre hybrids. New war and mystery films will be programmed alongside romantic thrillers, a genre that has gained traction in Korea since the success of Helpless (2012). Regardless of genre, studios are also demonstrating an affinity for films set in different time periods, with a diverse range of projects taking place at different points of the 20th century. ▶ CJ Entertainment meOZQrutxXIUXjtVenSI.jpg
Following the stunning success of Roaring Currents, which soared well past any previous records to clinch 18 million admissions during the summer, CJ Entertainment is poised for another big year in 2015 with a varied lineup comprised of high profile thrillers, period films and dramas. Following the release on the romcom Love Forecast on January 15th, their first tile of 2015, CJ’s next major title will be C’est si bon, which will be released in time for the Lunar New Year holiday, falling on February 19th. A music biopic of the popular folk duo Twin Folio, the film takes place in the 1960s, largely in the C’est si bon music bar where three young men form the C’est si bon Trio, a group that would later turn into Twin Folio. Directed by Cyrano Agency’s (2011) KIM Hyun-seok, the film stars JUNG Woo (Red Family), KANG Ha-neul (Mourning Grave), JIN Goo (The Target) and HAN Hyo-joo (Cold Eyes), while KIM Yun-Seok (The Thieves, 2012) and KIM Hee-ae (Thread of Lies) appear as some of the same characters in later sequences set in the 1980s. For spring, CJ have five titles scheduled, including the JEON Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine, 2007) thriller The Shameless (working title), the KIM Hye-soo (Tazza: The High Rollers, 2006)/KIM Go-eun (Eungyo, 2012) vehicle Coin Locker Girl (working title), the mature drama Salute d’Amour (working title) from Taegukgi (2004) director KANG Je-gyu, the romantic thriller Perfect Proposal, with LIM Soo-jung (All About My Wife, 2012)) and YOO Yeon-seok (A Werewolf Boy, 2012), and the mystery romance Remember You (working title), with JUNG Woo-sung (Cold Eyes) and KIM Ha-neul (Blind, 2011). The studio will reserve its big guns for the summer, which will see the releases of action thriller Veteran (working title) from RYOO Seung-wan and the period-set action drama Empire of Lust (working title). Teaming up once again with his The Unjust (2010) stars HWANG Jung-min and YU Hae-jin, as well as younger star YOO Ah-in (Punch, 2011), RYOO’s Veteran features a detective who goes up against a big corporation in what promises to be another tightly choreographed action extravaganza from the maker of The Berlin File. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) star SHIN Ha-kyun leads the cast of Empire of Lust as an army general who must keep a close eye on a young prince with ambitions to seize the throne. At the same time, he falls in love with a Gisaeng, whom he takes as his concubine, not realizing that she aims to carry out a vendetta against him. The film is being helmed by Blind’s AHN Sang-hoon. ▶ Showbox
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Also primed for a big year is Showbox, the studio behind two of three biggest Korean films of all time (The Host, 2006; The Thieves). Given the recent success of high profile period films in the last two years (including their titles The Face Reader and Kundo: Age of the Rampant), the studio is anchoring its slate with a pair of costume dramas, as well as two star-driven thrillers. First out of the gate this year for Showbox will be their gangster thriller Gangnam Blues, from A Dirty Carnival (2006) mastermind YU Ha, on January 21st. Showbox’s Lunar New Year title will follow in February. The only major Korean sequel of the year, Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island will reteam KIM Myung-min as the Joseon era detective with OH Dal-su as his sidekick. KIM Sok-yun also returns to the director’s chair for the follow-up to the 2011 hit. Later in the year, the company will present Assassination, a 1930s thriller from The Thieves helmer CHOI Dong-hoon shot in Shanghai. Along for the ride in the high octane film will be stars HA Jung-woo (The Berlin File), JEON Ji-hyun (My Sassy Girl, 2001) and LEE Jung-jae (New World). Another thriller in the works is the LEE Byung-hun (A Bittersweet Life, 2005) vehicle Inside Men, in which the global star plays a political fixer. The film, from Man of Vendetta (2010) filmmaker WOO Min-ho, will also star CHO Seung-woo (Marathon, 2005) and BAEK Yoon-shik (Save the Green Planet, 2003). Also scheduled for later in the year will be period drama The Throne, from King and the Clown (2005) director LEE Joon-ik and starring screen icon SONG Kang-ho (Memories of Murder, 2003) as King Yeongjo, who famously ordered his son’s death by suffocation in a large wooden chest filled with rice. Rounding out Showbox’s upcoming slate is The Classified File, a new detective thriller set in 1970s Busan from Friend (2001) director KWAK Kyung-taek. The film stars KIM Yun-seok and YU Hae-jin. ▶ Lotte Entertainment  Following the success of their films The Fatal Encounter and The Pirates this year, Lotte Entertainment will also be entering the fray by presenting a new period blockbuster in 2015, not to mention the first Korean war film since 2011’s The Front Line and major new dramas and thrillers. Featuring major star wattage with the presence of LEE Byung-hun and JEON Do-yeon, in addition to KIM Go-eun and BAE Soo-bin (26 Years, 2012) in supporting roles, Memories of the Sword is an action period epic from PARK Heung-sik, the director of My Mother, the Mermaid (2004). Later in the year, Lotte will present Western Front 1950 (working title), a Korean war film featuring SUL Kyung-gu (Oasis, 2002) and young star YEO Jin-gu (Hwayi: A Monster Boy). A tale of cooperation between South and North Korean soldiers at the tail end of the war, the film marks the directorial debut of The Pirates scribe CHEON Seong-il. Also on the cards for Lotte is So-Nyeo (working title), a female-driven mystery drama from Like a Virgin (2006) co-director LEE Hae-young. The film will feature A Werewolf Boy lead PARK Bo-young as a student at a mysterious boarding school in 1938. So-Nyeo will also feature Hope actress UHM Ji-won.

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January 21, 2015
[★K:OP-ED] Lee Byung Hun’s acting, will it save his reputation?
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Recently, Lee Byung Hun was deep within the ‘”five million dollar controversy.” His reputation has since deteriorated since then, which ponders the question, will his acting save him?
Earlier on in January 15th, Lee Byung Hun’s “five million dollar controversy” came to an end with the two female defendants, Lee Ji Yeon and Dahee, being sentenced to prison time.
According to the results, the court had definitely raised Lee Byung Hun’s hands in victory. Lee Ji Yeon’s excuses were not accepted by the court. Instead, all of Lee Byung Hun’s opinions were accepted.
Despite the end of the case and Lee Byung Hun winning the case, the media is still busy talking about Lee Byung Hun. Near the end of case, the court mentions Lee Byung Hun’s fault in the case. They stated, “Although the victim, Lee Byung Hun, is to be recognized as victim of case, despite being a man with family he meddled with younger women; he provided the source of the controversy itself with his sexual jokes.” Through this statement, Lee Byung Hun’s loss of reputation is still in motion despite his win.
Some described Lee Byung Hun’s controversy to be his “worst crisis” since his debut in the industry. But, during his twenty four years of acting career, Lee Byung Hun had never disappointed the audience in terms of his acting. Three movies featuring Lee Byung Hun are in standby, and the reactions from the audience for the movies are a mystery at this point.
In addition to this, it is questionable whether or not if his reputation can be recovered through his upcoming movies. His movies all show different sides of him, and it may just be enough to turn the situation around.
The first movie that is in standby is Terminator Genisys, the fifth of the series. Lee Byung Hun is featured as an antagonist in the film fighting a war against humanity as Skynet in the year 2029. The movie is planned to be released on July 2015.
Due to this controversy, the movie, Swords Women (Memories of The Sword),  delayed its release. In addition, The Insiders, also delayed its release, and both movies are still in discussion for their release dates. The staff is positive that the movie will be released in the year 2015.
The Insiders takes the controversy and corruption in the South Korean society due to its media, court, and gangsters. Lee Byung Hun takes the role of Ahn Sang Gu, a gangster heavily influencing the government.
Swords Women takes place in the lands of Koryo in the ends of its time. In this movie, Lee Byung Hun takes the role of an antagonist (Duk Gi) looking to take over the throne as a son of a concubine. The movie was more special at its announcement since it had been fourteen years since Lee Byung Hun had acted with Jeon Do Yeon.
The three movies all ended their filming already and finished preparations. According to staff, they can assure the public that Lee Byung Hun’s acting should be highly expected. Lee Byung Hun is expected to play three different characters with distinctive colors in different genres as well. It’s up to the public to decide whether or not Lee Byung Hun’s deteriorating reputation will take its turn through the release of these movies.
This article is directly translated by Koreaboo, originally written by Kim So Yeon of Star News.

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January 15, 2015
Lee Byung Hun’s new movie ‘Inside Men’ to open in May 2015
Source: KPOP Fighting!
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It has been announced that Lee Byung Hun‘s new movie ‘Inside Men‘ will open in cinemas across South Korea in May 2015.
Showbox Media Plex revealed today that ‘Inside Men’ will be shown between May and June, and will not be affected by the fallout from Lee Byung Hun’s blackmail case.
‘Inside Men’ is based on the web comic of the same name by Yoon Tae Ho, where another web comic of his was used for the tvN hit series ‘Misaeng.’ The movie will tell the story of corruption among the triads, prosecution, and media in Korea. Besides Lee Byung Hun, the movie also stars Cho Seung Woo and Baek Yoon Sik.
Lee Byung Hun will also appear in Hollywood blockbuster ‘Terminator: Genisys’ which opens in July 2015, and will see the actor Hun take on a meaty role as the villain T-1000.
However, another of Lee Byung Hun’s movie ‘Memories of the Sword’ continues to be left without an airing date. Lotte Entertainment revealed that the movie is likely to go on air within this year, but there’s no exact date as yet. The movie is headlined by Lee Byung Hun and Jeon Do Yeon, and was supposed to open in South Korean cinemas last December. But Lee Byung Hun’s blackmail case in late 2014 led to Lotte Entertainment delaying the release date to early this year.
By: AlvinCopyright@KpopFighting.com

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February 1, 2015
Lee Byung-hun’s scandal delays movie releases
Actor Lee Byung-hun’s scandal is playing havoc with the release schedule of his movies, industry officials said. 
According to industry reports, the scandal coupled with the scheduled release of the latest Terminator movie -- in which he plays an evil terminator -- is fueling the dilemma for local distributors over the timing of his Korean movies. 
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Lotte Entertainment is set to distribute “Terminator Genisys,” but the timing of the Hollywood movie will push back the release of “Memories of the Sword,” a local film the company has invested in.
Although the company had planned to release the movie by end-2014, it was postponed following Lee’s scandal. 
Last year, Lee was involved in a blackmail case in which a model and a member of a Korean girl group demanded a large sum in return for a video showing him in an inappropriate situation with one of them. 
In addition to Lotte Entertainment, Showbox is said to be contemplating the right time to release another film with Lee in the lead.
In the film, “The Insiders,” Lee plays a lackey of corrupt politicians who then turns on them.
With the Terminator film scheduled for a summer release, Showbox is said to be weighing whether to release “The Insiders” before or after the Hollywood film. 
According to the local film industry, releasing it before the new Terminator film will leave “The Insiders” open to the aftereffects of Lee’s scandal, while releasing it after the U.S. film would result in the film overlapping with “The Memories of the Sword.” 
(khnews@heraldcorp.com)

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March 22, 2015
HK FilMart: Hefty Pre-sales Titles Head Showbox Slate  
Sonia Kil  | Variety
Korean production and distribution combine Showbox will unwrap a slew of big-budget titles for pre-sale at this week’s Hong Kong FilMart convention and rights market.
“Assassination,” currently in post-production, reunites director Choi Dong-hoon with several members of his team from 2012 megahit “The Thieves.” Returning stars include Gianna Jun (“The Berlin File”) and Lee Jung-jae (“Big Match”), matched with Ha Jung-woo, star of “The Chaser.” They are joined by veteran supporting actors Oh Dal-soo and Cho Jin-woong, who have recently added record breakers “Ode to My Father” and “Roaring Currents,” respectively, to their credits.
Veteran actor Song Kang-ho (“The Attorney”) and young talent Yoo Ah-in (“Thread of Lies”) head the cast of “The Throne,” which also launches at FilMart. Set in the Joseon dynasty, the period drama features crown prince Sado, who is locked up in a rice chest because of his father’s political decision. Period drama specialist Lee Joon-ik (“King and the Clown”) is set as director.
Two other titles got launches at last month’s European Film Market in Berlin: crime drama “The Classified File,” directed by Kwak Kyung-taek (“Friend”), and “Inside Men,” starring Lee Byung-hun, who is mired in scandal at home but has a booming Hollywood career, with credits including the upcoming “Terminator: Genisys” as well as “Red 2” and “G.I. Joe.”
Lee’s agency BH confirmed that he is expected next to star in Film Bridge’s legal thriller “Beyond Deceit” alongside Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins and Malin Ackerman. Both “Classified” and “Inside Menn” are now in post-production and set for release later this year.
Showbox’s lineup also includes completed titles such as the local box office hit “Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island” and Yoo Ha’s “Gangnam Blues,” both of which have already sold to a swath of territories in and outside Asia.

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March 23, 2015
Hot Korean titles at FilMart
By Kevin Ma FilmBiz
Sales NewsSome of South Korea's biggest commercial directors are back with new projects in 2015, many of which will be making their market debut at this year's Hong Kong FilMart 香港國際影視展. Film Business Asia takes a look at the projects being presented by South Korea's biggest film companies this year:
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A radical departure from his war films, KANG Je-gyu 강제규 | 姜帝圭's Salut d'amour 장수상회 is a light romantic comedy about the burgeoning relationship between an elderly supermarket employee and the feisty elderly owner of a flower shop. The film stars PARK Geun-hyeong 박근형, YUN Yeo-jeong 윤여정 | 尹汝貞 and boy band idol PARK Chan-yeol 박찬열. The film will be released in South Korea on 9 Apr.
His first feature since The Berlin File 베를린 (2013), RYOO Seung-wan 류승완 | 柳昇完 directs HWANG Jeong-min 황정민 | 黃晸玟 in action crime thriller Veteran 베테랑, about a detective who is determined to get revenge on a criminal who happens to be the heir of an untouchable corporation. The film is set for a summer 2015 release.
IM Su-jeong 임수정 | 林秀晶 plays a young woman who is pulled into a power struggle between two men in romance thriller Perfect Proposal 은밀한 유혹, based on Catherine Arley's Le Femme De Paille. The YOON Jae-ku 윤재구 film is expected to be released some time in the spring.
Announced last May, Shameless 무뢰한 stars JEON Do-yeon 전도연 | 全度妍 as the girlfriend of a man suspected of committing murder. KIM Nam-gil 김남길 co-stars as a detective who falls for Jeon's character. Directed by OH Seung-wook 오승욱, the co-writer of Christmas in August 8 월의 크리스마스 (1998) and Green Fish 초록물고기 (1997), the noir drama is also set for a spring release.
Other Korean titles include AHN Sang-hoon 안상훈 | 安相勳's period erotic drama Empire of Lust 순수의 시대, noir drama Coin Locker Girl 차이나타운 and indie drama Socialphobia 소셜포비아.
CJ Entertainment Inc CJ엔터테인먼트 is also handling sales on three Asian co-productions: Vietnam blockbuster Let Hoi Decide Để Mai tính 2, VÕ Tấn Bình's comedy-adventure Triple Trouble Bộ ba rắc rối and CHANG Youn-hyun 장윤현 | 張允炫's Chinese-language thriller The Peaceful Island 平安島 starring Stanley HUANG 黃立行 and Leon DAI 戴立忍.
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Showbox/Mediaplex Inc 쇼박스 미디어플렉스 is officially launching sales for Assassination 암살, the latest film from The Thieves 도둑들 (2012) director CHOI Dong-hoon 최동훈 | 崔東勳. Featuring another star-studded cast that includes Gianna JUN 전지현 | 全智賢, LEE Jeong-jae 이정재 | 李政宰 and HA Jung-woo 하정우 | 河正佑, the espionage film follows a group of Korean resistance activists out to kill a Japanese army commander in 1933 Shanghai. The film is currently in post-production.
The company will be screening KIM Sok-yun 김석윤 | 金鉐潤's Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island 조선명탐정 사라진 놉의 딸, the director's blockbuster sequel to Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow 조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀 (2011). KIM Myeong-min 김명민 | 金明民 and OH Dal-su 오달수 | 吳達庶 reunite as a detective team to solve a mystery involving counterfeit silver.
Friend 친구 (2001) director KWAK Kyung-taek 곽경택 | 郭暻澤 tackles the story of a detective and a fortune teller working to solve a kidnapping case in The Classified File 극비수사. Currently in post-production, it stars KIM Yun-seok 김윤석 | 金允錫 and YU Hae-jin 유해진 | 柳海眞.
A complex power struggle between a prosecutor, a political fixer and a leading presidential candidate breaks out in Inside Men 내부자들, a drama from director WOO Min-ho 우민호. The film stars LEE Byeong-heon 이병헌 | 李炳憲, JO Seung-u 조승우 and BAEK Yun-shik 백윤식 | 白允植.
After contemporary drama Hope 소원 (2013), director LEE Joon-ik 이준익 | 李濬益 returns to the period drama genre with The Throne 사도. SONG Gang-ho 송강호 | 宋康昊 heads a retelling of one of the most infamous events in Joseon Dynasty, playing the emperor who left his son to die inside a wooden chest as punishment for treason.
Showbox is also handling sales for YU Ha 유하 | 庾河's gangland action drama Gangnam Blues 강남 1970.
Lotte Entertainment
Director LEE Hae-young 이해영 | 李海暎 (Like a Virgin 천하장사 마돈나 (2006), Foxy Festival 페스티발 (2010)) takes a turn for the serious in The Silenced 소녀, a mystery thriller about a girl trying to investigate the abnormal happenings in a boarding school. Set for release in the second quarter of the year, the film stars PARK Bo-yeong 박보영 | 朴寶英 from hit romance A Werewolf Boy 늑대소년 (2012).
Also making a drastic genre shift is My Mother the Mermaid 인어공주 (2004) director PARK Heung-shik 박흥식, whose latest film is big-budget period action drama Memories of the Sword 협녀: 칼의 기억. The film stars Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Byeong-heon as two warriors who pledge to fight for common people. Lotte Entertainment 롯데엔터테인먼트 has not set a release date for the film.
SEOL Gyeong-gu 설경구 | 薛景求 and up-and-coming young star YEO Jin-gu 여진구 | 呂珍九 co-star in The Long Way Home 서부전선, a war drama set in 1953 about a middle-aged South Korean soldier and a young North Korean soldier who become friends. The CHEON Seong-il 천성일 film is set for release in the third quarter of 2015.
All About My Wife 내 아내의 모든 것 (2012) director MIN Kyu-dong 민규동 | 閔奎東 directs JU Ji-hun 주지훈 | 朱智勳, KIM Gang-u 김강우 | 金康宇 and IM Ji-yeon 임지연 | 林智妍 in period drama The Treacherous 간신, the story of "the tyrant king Yeonsan-gun who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, the most treacherous subject who controls the tyrant king and the world, and a woman who seeks vengeance." Lotte holds worldwide rights for the film except for Europe.
Lotte is also representing heist film The Con Artists 기술자들, indie relationship drama A Fresh Start 새출발 and family drama End of Winter 철원기행.

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