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Korean helmers link up with ‘Camelia’

Project will lense in Busan, city of the Pusan film fest

The unnamed omnibus project announced at the Pusan Film Festival in October is taking shape.

Now monikered “Camellia,” it features three separate love stories set in Busan, the modern name for the city that hosts the Pusan fest. The camellia flower is the symbol of Busan.

The segments will be helmed by Korea’s Jang Jun-hwan (“Save the Green Planet”), Japan’s Isao Yukisada (“Go”) and Thailand’s Wisit Sasanatieng (“Tears of the Black Tiger”).

The $1.3 million project is financed by the city of Busan, the Pusan fest and the SidusFNH-Benex Cinema Fund.

It is being produced by Busan-based Balcon and Pusan fest prexy Kim Dong-ho takes executive-producer credit.

I will promote the film along with other Korean films at a meeting with Cannes programmers in Paris before next month’s Berlin fest,” Kim told Daily Variety. “I hope it will be invited to Cannes this year.”

Jang’s “Love for Sale” is set in a near future where people buy and sell memories of love, and tells the story of a man who recovers his lost memories and his ex-lover. Korean Wave stars Kang Dong-won (“Woochi”) and Song Hye-kyo (“Hwang Jin-I”) are attached.

Sasanatieng’s “Iron Pussy” stars Thai multimedia artist and actor Michael Shaowanasai (“The Adventures of Iron Pussy”) and Korea’s Kim Min-jun (“A Love”). Pic concerns a transvestite secret agent from Thailand, living in Busan in the 1970s, who falls in love with a Korean man.

Yukisada helms “Kamome” (Seagull), a cinematographer’s fantasy involving a mysterious woman. Korean star Seol Kyung-koo (“Haeundae”) and Japan’s Yoshitaka Yuriko are cast.

Lensing will wrap next month in time for the European Film Market at Berlin, where it will be represented by SidusFNH.

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