'The Attorney' biggest Korean hit film

HONG KONG – South Korean hit film “The Attorney” will get its market premiere next month in Berlin having been picked up by Seoul-based sales company Finecut.

The company also acquired rights to “Han Gong-Ju,” the debut feature which was last month named as Golden Star winner of the Marrakech International Film Festival.

Released on Dec. 19 by Next Entertainment World, “Attorney” has headed the Korean B.O. charts for three successive weeks, amassing 8.03 million ticket sales, worth a gross $55.2 million (KRW58.4 billion).

Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of a self-centred tax lawyer whose life is changed for the better when he takes on the case of a college student who is falsely accused by the South Korean government of being a North Korean spy. The ‘Burim Case’ involving the late president Roh Moo-hyun, was one of the most notorious conspiracy scandals of the early 1980s in Korea.

Veteran Song Kang-ho (“Snowpiercer,” Memories of Murder,” “The Host’) plays the lawyer, while K-pop star Yim Si-wan (aka Siwan), plays the student in the pic, directed by Yang Woo-seok.

“Han Gong-ju” is the story of a 17 year-old girl who changes schools and goes into hiding after being involved in a scandal, but has her whereabouts accidentally revealed when a friend at her new school creates an online video.

In addition to the Marrakesh prize awarded by a jury headed by Martin Scorsese, “Han Gong-ju” picked up a pair of awards at the Busan festival in October and appears this week in the New Voices / New Vision section of the Palm Springs festival. It is directed by Lee Sujin.

Both pictures will be given trade screenings at the European Film Market next month in Berlin.

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