AFM: Bong Joon-ho Backs Shim’s Shipwreck Tale ‘Haemoo’

Finecut launches watery thriller, erotic drama "Obsession"

SEOUL – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.”

The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut.

Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” tells the story of young crewman who tries to save a female immigrant being smuggled across the border when their fishing boat has an accident. The film’s sales company Finecut pitches it as an “ultimate thriller that penetrates basic human nature with a story of sad romance.”

The picture began production this month with pop idol Park Yu-chun in the lead, pitched against Kim Yoon-sok as the boat’s captain. Made on a production budget of $6 million the film boasts “Snowpiercer” cinematographer Alex Hong, “The Thieves” production designer Lee Ha-jun and “G.I. Joe 2” martial arts coordinator Jung Doo-hong.

It will be pitched for pre-sales at next week’s American Film Market and released in Korea by investor-distributor Next Entertainment World in spring 2014.

A similar Finecut-N.E.W. combination is also behind “Obsessed,” an erotic romance set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War and starring “A Better Tomorrow” star Song Seung-heon. Production began this month under Kim Dae-woo, previously director of “The Servant” and writer of “Untold Scandal.”

More Film

  • 'Coco' Edges 'Justice League' at Thanksgiving

    'Coco' Edges 'Justice League' at Thanksgiving Day Box Office

    SEOUL – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.” The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut. Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” […]

  • Mar del Plata: Argentina on the

    Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise - Gustavo Biazzi

    SEOUL – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.” The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut. Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” […]

  • Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

    SEOUL – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.” The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut. Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” […]

  • Dieter KosslickPress Conference - 67th Berlin

    Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs

    SEOUL – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.” The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut. Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” […]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Holiday Dance Party

    SEOUL – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.” The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut. Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” […]

  • SGIFF: Cinema Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds

    SGIFF: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema

    SEOUL – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.” The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut. Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” […]

  • ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle

    ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle Movistar+ Original 'Felix'

    SEOUL – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.” The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut. Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content