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Showbox Shops Five Genre Titles at EFM

Feb 26, 2018
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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From DETECTIVE K to THE DRUG KING



Korean distributor Showbox, which scored one of its biggest ever hits last summer with the release of the political drama A Taxi Driver (2017), is shopping five titles at this year’s European Film Market (EFM), ranging from their current Lunar New Year hit Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead to their major summer tentpole The Drug King.

Released in Korea on February 8, the new Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead, which is the third title in the period sleuth comedy franchise, reunites stars KIM Myung-min and OH Dal-su as they tackle a new case with a supernatural angle. After 11 days in theaters, the film has accumulated 2.08 million viewers (USD 15.75 million) and is still going strong.

Next month will see the release of the found footage horror film GONJIAM: Haunted Asylum. From Epitaph (2007) filmmaker JUNG Bum-shik, the film follows a group of youths investigating a haunted mental asylum for a live web program.

Later this year, PARK Nu-ri, formerly an assistant director on RYOO Seung-wan’s The Berlin File (2013), will make her feature directorial debut with the stock market caper Money, featuring rising star RYU Jun-yeol (A Taxi Driver, 2017), alongside YOO Ji-tae (The Swindlers, 2017). 

Following his 2015 hit Inside Men, director WOO Min-ho returns with the period gangland crime drama The Drug King. The title features A Taxi Driver (2017) stars SONG Kang-ho as a rising drug king-pin in 1970s Busan. The film co-stars BAE Doo-na (Tunnel, 2016) and JO Jung-suk (MY ANNOYING BROTHER, 2016).

Finally, Spring, Snow (2012) filmmaker KIM Tae-gyoon will return with the thriller Dark Figure of Crime, which features KIM Yun-seok of 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) as a detective who enters a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a jailed murderer played by JU Ji-hoon, recently seen in the fantasy epic Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017).
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