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HAF selects two Korean projects

2010/03/12 | 760 views | Permalink | Source

The eighth edition of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) 2010 has selected two Korean projects among 25 Asian projects for its upcoming edition, March 22 24. Award-winning auteur Lee Yoon-ki and commercially successful director JEON Yeon-soo will present their latest projects to potential investors.

LEE's project is titled "Dear Comrade", a Korea-Japan-Vietnam co-production. It tells the story of a decades-long love between a Vietnamese man and a North Korean woman who first meet when he is sent to Pyeongyang as a student in 1971. Produced by Japan's Espirit Inc. the film is written by LEE and has a budget of US$ 3 million.

JEON's project, produced by Sidus FNH, is titled "Exit to Exist". Based on a best-selling Korean novel titled Shoot Me in the Heart, it is the tale of two young men who meet in a mental hospital one is locked up because he is crazy, the other going crazy because he is locked up. Produced by Jupiter Film and Sidus FNH, the film has a budget of US$ 5 million with 80% already secured.

Previous Korean participants at HAF have included Bong Joon-ho with "Mother - 2009" and Na Hong-jin with upcoming thriller "The Yellow Sea". Director LEE has won acclaim for several features including his debut "This Charming Girl" (2005), and Berlin selections "Ad-Lib Night" (2006) and "My Dear Enemy" (2008). JEON has directed a number of popular films including "Le Grand Chef" (2007) and "Portrait of a Beauty" (2008).

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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