Korean pix in the fest lineup

A Bittersweet Life
Sales: CJ Entertainment
Director: Kim Jee-woon
Cast: Lee Byeong-heon, Kim Young-chul, Shin Min-a
A follow-up to Kim’s equally dark “A Tale of Two Sisters,” Lee plays Sun-woo, a hitman who falls for his boss’s wife with predictably bloody consequences. Already sold to Japan’s Nippon Herald Films for $3.2 million, the film will be presented in an out-of-competition midnight screening.

The Bow
Sales: Cineclick Asia
Director: Kim Ki-duk
Cast: Jeon Seong-hwan, Seo Min-jeong
Coming off helmer prizes in 2004 at Berlin (for “Samaritan Girl”) and Venice (“3-Iron”), Kim’s latest film, “The Bow,” will screen in Un Certain Regard. It features a 60-year-old man who falls in love with a 16-year-old girl on a remote island off Inchon.

Conte De Cinema
Sales: MK2 International
Director: Hong Sang-soo
Cast: Kim Sang-gyeong, Eom Ji-won, Lee Ki-woo Hong (“Woman is the Future of Man”) returns to Cannes competition with this story of a wanna-be director who emerges from the cinema and bumps into the lead actress of the film he was just watching.

Crying Fist
Sales: Show East
Director: Ryu Seung-wan
Cast: Choy Min-shik, Ryu Seung-beom
In this Directors Fortnight entrant, Tae-sik (“Oldboy’s” Choy) plays an ex-pro boxer and Olympic silver medalist who now earns a living as a street fighter. Sang-hwan (Ryu) is a juvenile delinquent who has lost his family and has turned to boxing. Both men are looking to change their fortunes through fighting, and they eventually meet in a match that is of critical importance to both of them.

Grain in Ear
Sales: Doo Entertainment
Director: Zhang Lu
Cast: Liu Lian-ji, Jin Bo, Zhu Guangxuan
In this Critics Week entrant, a single mother of Korean ancestry living in China runs afoul of the local prosecutor, Kim, a fellow ethnic Korean who is married. The two eventually fall in love and begin an affair.

The President’s Last Bang
Sales: MK Pictures
Director: Lim Sang-soo
Cast: Han Seok-gyu, Baek Yoon-sik, Kim Yoon-a
The fictionalized, documentary-style account of the assassination of former President Park Chung-hee, the title has kick-started heated debate about censorship in South Korea after a Seoul court ruling forced its alteration. It will screen in Directors Fortnight.

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