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Korea’s CJ Entertainment Announces China Production Lineup

CJ E&M, Korea’s leading entertainment giant, announced a slate of China co-production films including a remake of its smash hit action comedy “Veteran.”

A remake of Kang Je-gyu’s “Salut d’Amour,” which, like “Veteran” was financed and distributed by CJ last year, is to be produced and directed by Hong Kong multihyphenate Eric Tsang. The film is a drama about romance between senior citizens.

The remake of “Veteran,” the third-biggest box office hit of all time in Korea, will feature Sun Honglei in the lead role, originally played by Hwang Jung-min.

“It is clear that the film industry is being increasingly globalized,” said Sun at an event Sunday at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Both remakes are currently in pre-production, and are targeting theatrical releases in 2017.

The lineup also includes hit Korean filmmaker JK Youn’s original “Kung Fu Robot.” Set in the near future, the sci fi action comedy sees the story of a cleaning robot that learns martial arts and helps humans to combat evil. The project is to be co-produced by CJ, Dexter Studio and China’s Wanda Pictures.

“Although I have made many films in Korea, this is my first time directing a film in China,” said Youn. “I will work as if I am about to make my directorial debut.”

The company also announced that “Veteran” director Ryoo Seung-wan’s new production “Gunhamdo” is likely to be simultaneously released in both countries. Starring top stars Hwang Jung-min, Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub, the period drama is set in the Japanese colonial era and tells the story of some 400 Koreans who are forced into labor in a remote island, but later attempt to escape.

“The ultimate goal of CJ E&M’s Korea-China co-production is not simple success in the two countries,” said Jeong Tae-sung, head of CJ E&M’s film division. “If the strengths of the film industries of the two countries, which share diverse historical experiences and Asian values, are well-combined, great things may sweep the global market.”

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