President and founder, Taewon Entertainment, South Korea
Recent buys: Local martial arts romancer “Bichunmoo,” and Miramax and Dimension slates
What prior job or experience best prepared you for film acquisitions?
“As a concert promoter I was dealing with agents at CAA, William Morris and Triad. The music division or the film division — the differences are really the same.”
How would you rate the acquisitions climate?
“People are always saying there are no good movies this year. But, for me, every year is the same. There’s good titles, there’s bad titles.”
What’s your advice to filmmakers vying for your attention?
“Get a good cast. No longer than two hours.”
What’s your favorite place to screen a film?
“A regular theater with a good sound system and good seats.”
Which film do you wish you had picked up but didn’t?
“(Mel Gibson starrer) ‘We Were Soldiers Once … and Young.'” (Pic went to competitor Tube Entertainment for a reputed $3 million.) “Tube had a previous relationship with Icon Entertainment, and I didn’t want to go into a bidding war.”