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  • Toronto Looks to COLD EYES
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jul 24, 2013
  • Korean Thriller Gets Gala Invite for TIFF

    The Korean thriller Cold Eyes, which has turned into a big hit at home, has been invited to the Toronto International Film Festival for its international premiere. The film, which was announced as part of TIFF’s first wave will be screened in a gala presentation. Cold Eyes will play alongside other major films that were announced, including Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Atom Egoyan’s The Devil’s Knot, Richard Ayoade’s The Double and Jason Reitman’s Labor Day.
    Directed by JOH Ui-seok and KIM Byeong-seo, the film stars SEOL Kyung-gu and HAN Hyo-joo as members of the surveillance team of the Korean Police Forces Special Crimes Department. They are trying to apprehend James (JUNG Woo-sung) the cold-hearted leader of an armed criminal organization.
    Cold Eyes is currently the second highest selling film in Korean theaters, having accrued a strong 4,727,751 admissions to date. It opened at number one and has been giving a hard time to Hollywood blockbusters Pacific Rim and RED 2 in the last two weeks, while also performing stronger than the local big-budget Mr. Go.
    TIFF is no stranger to Korean cinema as each year sees a number of major Korean films screening at the event. Previous years have featured works such as LEE Chang-dong’s Poetry and KIM Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil in 2010, HUH Jong-ho’s Countdown and KIM Ki-duk’s Arirang in 2011, and CHOI Dong-hoon’s The Thieves, KIM Ki-duk’s Pieta and JO Seung-hee’s A Werewolf Boy during last year’s edition.
    The Toronto International Film Festival’s 38th edition is set to run from September 5-15.
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