Korea, China team for industry boost

Duo announce deal to help local film business

South Korea and China have announced a deal to boost both countries’ film industries.

Launched by Korean Film Council (Kofic) chairman Kang Han-sup, the programinvolves two events. One is the South Korea-China Business Campus, which runs Nov. 13-17 in South Korea and will focus on the process of sharing films as well as co-production opportunities.

Among those taking part as mentors will be Genesis prexy Jeong Julian Tae-sung, former chief operating officer of Showbox/Mediaplex, and Chungeorahm Film CEO Choi Yong-bae.

The second involves the Korea Film Festival, which will be held in three major Chinese cities — Beijing (Nov. 14-19), Shanghai (Nov. 16-21) and Kunnming (Nov. 25-28). Fest will unspool 12 films, kicking off with “The Happy Life” by Lee Joon-ik.

Other pics to screen include Lee Chang-dong’s “Secret Sunshine,” Chung Yoon-chul’s “A Man Who Was a Superman,” Chang Yoon-hyun’s “Hwang Jin Yi,” Hur Jin-ho’s “Christmas in August” and Im Kwon-taek’s “Beyond the Years.”

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