SEOUL - Hot from "Snowpiercer," Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller "Haemoo."
The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong's co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller "Memories of Murder," and here makes his helming debut.
Finecut pitches it as an "ultimate thriller that penetrates basic human nature with a story of sad romance."
The picture began production this month with pop idol Park Yu-chun in the lead, pitched against Kim Yoon-sok as the boat's captain. Made on a production budget of $6 million the film boasts "Snowpiercer" cinematographer Alex Hong, "The Thieves" production designer Lee Ha-jun and "G.I. Joe 2" martial arts coordinator Jung Doo-hong.
It will be pitched for pre-sales at next week's American Film Market and released in Korea by investor-distributor Next Entertainment World in spring 2014.
A similar Finecut-N.E.W. combination is also behind "Obsessed," an erotic romance set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War and starring "A Better Tomorrow" star Song Seung-heon. Production began this month under Kim Dae-woo, previously director of "The Servant" and writer of "Untold Scandal."
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