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MY NEW SASSY GIRL Takes Shape as China-Korea Co-Production
Sep 24, 2014
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Filming Starts Late September
CHA Tae-hyun is about to reprise his role from the classic romantic comedy My Sassy Girl (2001), 14 years after the original became a global sensation. Having taken shape as a co-production between Korea and China, the sequel, title My New Sassy Girl, will go into production later this month with JOH Keun-shik at the helm.
The new instalment will follow CHA’s character as he gets married to his childhood sweetheart. Korea’s Shincine will produce, marking their first production in 10 years, along with the Chinese outfit Beijing Sky Wheel Media. The co-produced project, which has a budget of RMB32 million ($5.2 million), is the first to go before cameras since the ratification of the China-Korea co-production treaty.
Though Gianna JUN is not penciled in to reprise the role that shot her to stardom, Victoria, an actress of Chinese origin and member of k-pop group f(x), will play opposite CHA as his new love interest. JOH Keun-shik returns to the director’s chair nine years after his last outing, the melodrama Once in a Summer (2006). He debuted with the high school film Conduct Zero in 2002.
My New Sassy Girl is set to have a simultaneous release in Korea and China in May 2015.