Kwak directs ‘Cyborg’

Amuse takes on big-budget feature

Kwak Jae-yong, helmer of the famed Korean hit comedy “My Sassy Girl” (2001), has signed on with Japanese firm Amuse to direct a big-budget feature in Japan.

The ¥1 billion ($8.5 million) Japanese-language production, with a title that translates as “Cyborg Girl,” is set to start shooting in the next two months, with an eye toward a late 2007 release. Although details about the plot have yet to be released, pic is being described as a sci-fi fantasy.

Aside from the helmer and executive producer Ji Young-jun, the cast and crew will be Japanese. Amuse will both finance and produce the pic, scripted by Kwak.

Two of Kwak’s previous films were strong performers at the Japanese box office, with “My Sassy Girl” earning $4.2 million in a limited release in 2003 and romance/comedy “Windstruck” taking a boffo $15.2 million in 2005.

Kwak’s latest Korean feature, “My Mighty Princess” starring Shin Min-ah, recently wrapped post-production.