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FilMart: Kwak Jae-yong’s ‘Time Renegades’ Heads CJ Entertainment’s Slate

“My Sassy Girl” director Kwak Jae-yong is returning to Korean film making with “Time Renegades,” after making Chinese romantic comedy “Meet Miss Anxiety.” “Renegades” will be launched by sales agent CJ Entertainment at Hong Kong FilMart.

“Renegades” is a time-shifting romantic thriller about a high school teacher in 1983 and a detective in 2015 who join forces to change the fate of a woman they both love.

Set for an April opening in Korea, the picture stars Lim Soo-jung (“Perfect Proposal”,) Jo Jung-suk (“The Exclusive: Beat the Devil’s Tattoo”) and Lee Jin-uk (“The Target”.)

CJ is also launching two other new titles at FilMart: action noir “Phantom Detective;” and Vietnamese horror “The Housemaid.”

Directed by “A Werewolf Boy” film maker Jo Sung-hee, “Phantom” focuses on a private investigator with outstanding memory and a quirky personality who is entangled in a conspiracy while chasing the only target that he failed to catch. Starring “Architecture 101” lead Lee Je-hoon, “Phantom” is set for a local release in May. Derek Nguyen-directed “Housemaid” is a horror thriller set during French colonial Vietnam.

CJ is giving Asian debuts to Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden,” one of the most anticipated Korean film of the year, social network romantic comedy “Like for Likes,” and Vietnam’s Cuong Ngo-directed action “Tracer,” having pitched them to European buyers in Berlin’s European Film Market in February. Starring 2015’s hottest local actor Yoo Ah-in (“Veteran,” “The Throne”,) “Likes” opened in Korea in February and has grossed $5.4 million after three weekends (as of Mar. 10).

Also of relevance to Asian distributors is CJ’s Vietnamese co-production comedy “Sweet 20,” which broke Vietnam’s box office record for highest-grossing local film last month, and local coming-of-age film “One Way Trip,” starring hit K-pop boy band EXO’s Suho and K-pop veteran Kim Dong-wan of Shinhwa.

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