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Japanese, Koreans join for ‘KT’

Pic based on story of 1971 kidnapping

TOKYO — A Japanese and Korean co-production deal has been inked to make political suspense thriller “KT,” based on the story of the 1971 kidnapping of Kim Dae Jung, now South Korea’s president.

Japanese independent distribution and production company Cinequanon has hooked up with Japanese satellite channel Eisei Gekijo, Mainichi Broadcasting and Korean media company Digital Site Korea on the project.

Helmer Junji Sakamoto will direct a Japanese and Korean cast when shooting starts on Friday in Japan, with locations also planned in Tokyo and in Korea’s second-largest city, Pusan. Pic is set to wrap in late September, and a distrib date is planned for next spring in Japan.

Sakamoto’s latest hit is the docudrama “Kao” (Face) about a murderer who escaped justice for nearly 20 years.

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