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Korea’s CJ Entertainment has boarded helmer Shim Hyung-rae’s comedy “The Last Godfather,” starring Harvey Keitel and Jason Mewes. CJ Entertainment will co-produce, finance and distribute the $13.4 million film.

Currently lensing in Los Angeles, pic was penned by the helmer and revised by Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen.

Story is about a mafia boss who trains his mentally impaired son Younggu as his successor.

Shim will play Younggu, an enormously popular comedy character he created for TV during the 1980s. He also played the character in a hit series of low-budget local comedies

Shim’s monster fantasy “D-War” was distributed in the U.S. by Freestyle Releasing in 2007.

“The Last Godfather” will be released at the end of this year.