×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cannes Film Market: Korea’s Ma Dong-seok Flexes Muscles in ‘Champion’

Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market.

The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next month in Korea by the studio. In other territories, rights are handled by sales agency Finecut.

The first feature for director Kim Yong-wan, the film portrays the story of Korean adoptee who becomes an arm wrestling champion. While pitched as a comedy, “Champion” also flexes its muscles by also carrying a number of social issues.

Before breaking through in “Train,” Ma (aka Don Lee) has played a numerous supporting roles in films including :Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time,” and “The Unjust.” He was raised in the U.S. and attended a physical education degree at Columbia State University. Ma counts Sylvester Stallone, who made arm-wrestling film “Over the Top,” among his idols, and takes a co-scripting credit on “Champion.”

Finecut is also handling international sales of “Burning,” the Lee Chang-dong directed drama-thriller that will have its premiere in competition in Cannes. Its lineup also included big-budget Korean animation “Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs,” and creature thriller “Monstrum.”

CREDIT: Courtesy of Finecut

More Film

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Golden Globes Preview: Songs, Laughs Lead Way to Awards Gold

    Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market. The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next […]

  • Bumblebee

    'Bumblebee' Sets Early Screenings Two Weeks Before Official Premiere

    Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market. The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Tracking for

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Tracking for $30 Million Launch

    Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market. The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next […]

  • Widows

    'Widows' Editor Layers Suspense Into Steve McQueen's Crime Thriller

    Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market. The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next […]

  • Marc Shaiman Mary Poppins Returns Composer

    'Mary Poppins Returns' Composer Channeled Sherman Brothers for Fresh Songs

    Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market. The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next […]

  • Lady Gaga Queer Eye Crazy Rich

    What the Variety Staff Is Thankful for in Entertainment in 2018

    Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market. The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content