U.S. presale for Korea’s ‘Kim’

Jang-helmed pic tells story of dishonest schoolteacher

In the first-ever North American presale of a Korean film, Dimension Films has acquired North American and remake rights to the South Korean pic “Teacher Mr. Kim.” Cinema Service is selling the pic at the American Film Market.

Story concerns a schoolteacher fired after he’s caught taking bribes from students’ parents. When reassigned to a tiny school in the countryside, he devises a way to shut down the remote school in order to return to city life.

Kyu-sung Jang directed the pic.

Film studio Cinema Service has established a cottage industry in remakes of their titles. Recent sellers include time-travel romance “Il Mare” and “Marrying the Mafia,” both to Warner Bros. Pictures, and the comedy-romance “My Sassy Girl,” which went to DreamWorks.

However, the sale of “Teacher Mr. Kim” reflects the accelerating interest in Korean remakes, as the film is still in post-production.

Cinema Service’s creative director is veteran helmer-producer Kang Woo-suk, whose track record includes the Korean hits “Public Enemy” and “The Alimony Suit.”

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