SEOUL—CJ Entertainment prexy Kim Joo-sung has been named as the most influential figure in the Korean film industry for the first time.
Kim topped the 13th annual “Power 50” list published in the recent edition of film weekly magazine Cine21, which is voted for by 85 leading film industry personalities and observers. Previously in second place, he swaps places with Tcha Seung-jai of Sidus.
CJ Entertainment headed by Kim is taking the most critical role as the key investor and distributor in industry that is struggling this year. CJ Entertainment currently manages numerous biggest budget titles which will be released 2008, including “The Good, the Bad and the Weird”, “Modern Boy” “The Divine Weapon” “Kang Chul-joong” and “Thirst”.
Slipping to No.2 was producer Tcha Seung-jai of Sidus FNH, who previously topped in two consecutive years on the list. Unchanged in the ranks were Cinema Service founder and “Kang Chul-joong” helmer Kang Woo-suk was at No. 3, followed by Mediaplex CEO Kim Woo-taek at No.4; with helmer Bong Joon-ho at No. 5.
Rounding out the top 10 were MK Pictures producer Shim Jae-myung, Lotte Entertainment CEO Kim Kwang-seop, actor Song Kang-ho (“The Host”), helmer Park Chan-wook and Yoo In-chon, the former actor and newly inaugurated Minister of culture, sports and tourism as the first time entry at No.10
Among the actors and actresses on the list, Cannes winner Jeon Do-yeon was ranked at 17, Jang Dong-geun (upcoming in “Laundry Warrior”) at 23, Lee Byung-hun ( upcoming in Paramount’s “G.I. Joe”) at 49. Korean Wave superstar Rain (a.k.a. Jeong Ji-hoon, “I’m a Cyborg, but that’s O.K.” “Speed Racer” ) also entered the list for the first time at 36.
Helmers included Kim Ji-woon(“The Good, the Bad and the Weird”) at No.12, Lee Joon-ik (“Sunny”) at No.14, Choi Dong-hoon (“Tazza”) at 29.