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HK FilMart: Hefty Pre-sales Titles Head Showbox Slate  

Korean production and distribution combine Showbox will unwrap a slew of big-budget titles for pre-sale at this week’s Hong Kong FilMart convention and rights market.

“Assassination,” currently in post-production, reunites director Choi Dong-hoon with several members of his team from 2012 megahit “The Thieves.” Returning stars include Gianna Jun (“The Berlin File”) and Lee Jung-jae (“Big Match”), matched with Ha Jung-woo, star of “The Chaser.” They are joined by veteran supporting actors Oh Dal-soo and Cho Jin-woong, who have recently added record breakers “Ode to My Father” and “Roaring Currents,” respectively, to their credits.

Veteran actor Song Kang-ho (“The Attorney”) and young talent Yoo Ah-in (“Thread of Lies”) head the cast of “The Throne,” which also launches at FilMart. Set in the Joseon dynasty, the period drama features crown prince Sado, who is locked up in a rice chest because of his father’s political decision. Period drama specialist Lee Joon-ik (“King and the Clown”) is set as director.

Two other titles got launches at last month’s European Film Market in Berlin: crime drama “The Classified File,” directed by Kwak Kyung-taek (“Friend”), and “Inside Men,” starring Lee Byung-hun, who is mired in scandal at home but has a booming Hollywood career, with credits including the upcoming “Terminator: Genisys” as well as “Red 2” and “G.I. Joe.”

Lee’s agency BH confirmed that he is expected next to star in Film Bridge’s legal thriller “Beyond Deceit” alongside Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins and Malin Ackerman. Both “Classified” and “Inside Menn” are now in post-production and set for release later this year.

Showbox’s lineup also includes completed titles such as the local box office hit “Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island” and Yoo Ha’s “Gangnam Blues,” both of which have already sold to a swath of territories in and outside Asia.

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