International co-productions to aim for box office loot

Padang international co-productions slated for late November and early December releases will aim for box office glory officially kicking the winter movie season into high gear.

“Hallyu” heartthrob Song Seung-hun will romance Japanese actress Matsushima Nanako from the afterlife in the Otani Taro-helmed Korea-Japan-U.S. remake of “Ghost” the beloved 1990 Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore film that brought the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” back into reverence.

Song Seung-hun with Matsushima Nanako in a scene from the Korea-Japan-U.S. remake of “Ghost.”

Producers will be trusting in the bankability of Song, as the 34-year-old has gained huge fanfare from the 2000 continental hit television drama “Endless Love.”

The highly anticipated film is scheduled for a Nov. 25 nationwide roll out.

A week after its release, another Korean Wave stalwart, Jang Dong-gun will be making his Hollywood debut in the Barrie Osborn (producer of “The Matrix” and the “Lord of the Rings” series) produced sci-fi westerner “Warrior’s Way” on Dec. 12 in a joint premiere with North America.
Jang Dong-gun as the lone swordsmen in his Hollywood debut film “Warrior’s Way.”

In the U.S. co-production, Jang plays a spin-off the archetypical lone-gunmen character in Westerns as a lone swordsmen set in the Wild West.

Early word has not been kind regarding the film’s quality but with Jang headlining the bill, its financers are confident audiences here will be turning up in droves to their local multiplex.

The film co-stars Academy Award-winning Briton Geoffrey Rush and American Kate Bosworth as Jang’s love interest.

The final film to complete the trifecta of internationally co-funded releases, the three-part anthology film “Camellia” will open sometime in December.

The Korea-Thailand-Japan production had its world premiere as the closing film of this year’s Pusan International Film Festival in October.

Each segment stars actors from the three countries under Korea’s Jang Joon-hwan, Thailand’s Wisit Sasanatieng and Japan’s Yukisada Isao’s direction.

Noteworthy is that all three segments were filmed in Busan with Jang’s portion starring some heavy hitters in Sul Kyoung-gu, Kang Dong-won, and Song Hye-gyo.

Jang’s attachment to the film alone will look to garner huge interest from fans since he made a splashing debut with “Save the Green Planet” in 2003 which was also largely credited with reviving the career of veteran thespian Baek Yoon-sik.

By Song Woong-ki (


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