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KIM Tae-gyoon's Vampire Thriller Higanjima

2009/11/03 | 870 views | Permalink | Source

Showbox Mediaplex, a South Korean sales, finance and distribution major, will handle international sales on Korea-Japan co-production "Barefoot Dream" ("Higanjima"), which had its world premiere in Pusan this October. The Japanese-language film is directed by Kim Tae-gyoon, known best for his tragic North Korean refugee drama "Crossing", which was Korea's choice for consideration in the 2008 Oscars Best Foreign Film category.

"Barefoot Dream" is a live-action adaptation of a manga by Koji Matsumoto, which was originally serialized in a youth magazine and turned into a text-based adventure for the PSP in 2005. Tetsuya Oishi (Death Note) wrote the screenplay. It is the tale of a teenager named Akira who travels to creepy Higan Island to find his missing older brother with the help of several friends. To their dismay, vampires inhabit the island and no one has ever escaped alive.

Warner Bros is to release "Barefoot Dream" in Japan on January 9, 2009. Korean distribution has yet to be announced. Showbox will hold the market premiere of the film at the American Film Market, currently underway in Los Angeles.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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