Berlin Daily Spotlight: Korean Cinema

“Architecture 101″
Director: Lee Yong-joo
Cast: Uhm Tae-woong, Han Ga-in
Sales: Lotte Entertainment
Logline: This melodrama from South Korea’s top production house, Myung Film, tells the story of an architect and his first love who reminisce while rebuilding an old house.

“Doomsday Book”
Director: Kim Jee-woon, Yim Pil-sung
Cast: Ryoo Seung-bum, Kim Gyuri
Sales: M-Line Distribution
Logline: An omnibus sci-fi project by two helmers. Kim Jee-woon tells of a robot working for a temple; Yim Pil-sung follows an innocent young man who becomes a zombie.

“Helpless”
Director: Byun Young-joo
Cast: Lee Sun-kyun, Kim Min-hee
Sales: CJ E&M
Logline: Adapted from Japanese crime writer Miyabe Miyuki’s “All She Was Worth,” this thriller follows a man who learns his vanished fiancee is not who she claimed to be.

“Howling”
Director: Yoo Ha
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Na-young
Sales: CJ E&M
Logline: A veteran detective and his rookie partner discover that a wolf is behind some serial killings. Top Korean actor Song takes on the role of the lead detective.

“Love Fiction”
Director: Jeon Kye-soo
Cast: Kong Hyo-jin, Ha Jung-woo
Sales: Finecut
Logline: A comedy following a 30-year-old novelist who has never had a proper romance until he falls in love with a girl while writing romantic fiction.

“Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time”
Director: Yoon Jong-bin
Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo
Sales: Showbox
Logline: In this drama of conspiracy and betrayal set in 1982 Busan, a corrupt customs officer on the verge of getting fired partners up with the city’s top gangster boss.

“Taste of Money”
Director: Im Sang-soo
Cast: Kim Gang-woo, Youn Yuh-jung
Sales: Daisy Entertainment
Logline: A spiritual sequel of helmer Im’s Cannes entry “The Housemaid,” pic reveals the bitter, money-driven side of Korean society via the story of a large family.

“The Thieves”
Director: Choi Dong-hoon
Cast: Kim Yoon-suk, Lee Jung-jae, Gianna Jun
Sales: Showbox
Logline: Helmer Choi returns with his signature heist genre, telling the story of Macao Park, who assembles professional thieves to steal a diamond.

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