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South Korean drama “My Brilliant Life” is to get a wide release in China from Friday (March 13).

The picture, directed by E J-yong, is based on a novel by Kim Ae Ran about a couple with a son who suffers from an accelerated aging syndrome known as progeria.

The film is to be distributed by China Film Group, China’s leading state-owned film enterprise, with Shanghai Film Group as co-distributor. The film is expected to open on some 5,000 screens – a far wider release than it received in Korea in September, where it was handled by CJ Entertainment.

It stars Gang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo (“Hwang Jin Yi”), a Korean actress who is building a significant place in the Chinese industry. She has starred in Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” and John Woo’s two part epic “The Crossing.”

“My Brilliant Life” has also been released in other parts of Greater China, with outings in Hong Kong and Taiwan in October last year.

It was also screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival last October as part of its “Spotlight on Korea” section. 

Production was by Zip Cinema, co-presented by Opus Pictures, both of which are subsidiaries of Asian film investment group Spackman Entertainment.