From ‘Achitect’ to zombie

Berlin Daily Spotlight: Korean Cinema

“Architecture 101”
Director: Lee Yong-joo
Cast: Uhm Tae-woong, Han Ga-in
Sales: Lotte Entertainment
Logline: This melodrama from South Korea’s top production house, Myung Film, tells the story of an architect and his first love who reminisce while rebuilding an old house.

“Doomsday Book”
Director: Kim Jee-woon, Yim Pil-sung
Cast: Ryoo Seung-bum, Kim Gyuri
Sales: M-Line Distribution
Logline: An omnibus sci-fi project by two helmers. Kim Jee-woon tells of a robot working for a temple; Yim Pil-sung follows an innocent young man who becomes a zombie.

Popular on Variety

Director: Byun Young-joo
Cast: Lee Sun-kyun, Kim Min-hee
Sales: CJ E&M
Logline: Adapted from Japanese crime writer Miyabe Miyuki’s “All She Was Worth,” this thriller follows a man who learns his vanished fiancee is not who she claimed to be.

Director: Yoo Ha
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Na-young
Sales: CJ E&M
Logline: A veteran detective and his rookie partner discover that a wolf is behind some serial killings. Top Korean actor Song takes on the role of the lead detective.

“Love Fiction”
Director: Jeon Kye-soo
Cast: Kong Hyo-jin, Ha Jung-woo
Sales: Finecut
Logline: A comedy following a 30-year-old novelist who has never had a proper romance until he falls in love with a girl while writing romantic fiction.

“Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time”
Director: Yoon Jong-bin
Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo
Sales: Showbox
Logline: In this drama of conspiracy and betrayal set in 1982 Busan, a corrupt customs officer on the verge of getting fired partners up with the city’s top gangster boss.

“Taste of Money”
Director: Im Sang-soo
Cast: Kim Gang-woo, Youn Yuh-jung
Sales: Daisy Entertainment
Logline: A spiritual sequel of helmer Im’s Cannes entry “The Housemaid,” pic reveals the bitter, money-driven side of Korean society via the story of a large family.

“The Thieves”
Director: Choi Dong-hoon
Cast: Kim Yoon-suk, Lee Jung-jae, Gianna Jun
Sales: Showbox
Logline: Helmer Choi returns with his signature heist genre, telling the story of Macao Park, who assembles professional thieves to steal a diamond.

Berlin Daily Spotlight: Korean Cinema
Comeback of the local business | Distribution revolution: shifting ranks | From ‘Achitect’ to zombie

More Film

  • No Time to Die Trailer

    Bond Film 'No Time to Die' Cancels China Premiere, Tour Due to Virus

    Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the new James Bond film “No Time to Die” has cancelled its Beijing premiere as well as a promotional tour with talent in April, according to Chinese reports. The film, which marks star Daniel Craig’s last turn as the iconic spy, is set to debut in North America on April [...]

  • Honest Candidate

    Korea Box Office: ‘Honest Candidate’ Wins Weekend as ‘Parasite’ Returns to Chart

    Opening on Wednesday (Feb. 12), comedy “Honest Candidate” topped the South Korean box office, ahead of “Little Women” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” which returned to the charts eight months after its original release. “Candidate” earned $6.52 million from 909,000 admissions over five days. Directed by Chang You-jeong (“Finding Mr. Destiny”), “Candidate” is the story of [...]

  • Sophia Loren

    Netflix Takes Global Rights to Sophia Loren's First Feature Film in a Decade

    Netflix has acquired global rights to drama “The Life Ahead,” which marks Sophia Loren’s return in front of the camera for a feature film after a decade. Directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, “Life Ahead” sees the iconic Italian Oscar winner playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who forges a bond with a 12-year-old Senegalese [...]

  • The Book of Sun

    Oliver Stone to Head Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Festival Jury, Lineup Announced

    Oliver Stone will preside over the main jury of Saudi Arabia’s nascent Red Sea International Film Festival, which has unveiled its inaugural lineup. The fest will feature the Middle East premiere of Harvey Weinstein-inspired workplace abuse drama “The Assistant” amid a fresh mix of feature films and docs from Europe, the U.S., Asia and Africa [...]

  • Aerial View of Jiangxia temporary hospital

    Virus Kills Chinese Film Director and Family in Wuhan

    A Chinese film director and his entire family have died from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Chang Kai, a film director and an external communications officer at a Hubei Film Studio subsidiary, died in hospital on Feb. 14 from the virus now called COVID-19, according to a statement from the [...]

  • Remi Bonhomme

    Marrakech Film Festival Taps Cannes Exec Remi Bonhomme as Artistic Director

    Remi Bonhomme, a leading force behind Cannes’ Critics Week, has been appointed artistic director of the Marrakech Film Festival and its industry conference, the Atlas Workshops. In recent years, Bonhomme successfully headed the Atlas Workshops, a platform dedicated to supporting the cinema of the African continent and the Arab world, where he was also part [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content