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  • United Launches Star-Studded MASTER at EFM
  • by Pierce Conran /  Feb 17, 2016
  • Crime Action Film Fills Cast, Aims for April Shoot
    Leading United Pictures’ lineup at the European Film Market is the upcoming crime-action film Master. From Cold Eyes (2013) director CHO Ui-seok, the film boasts an abundance of stars, including LEE Byung-hun, GANG Dong-won and KIM Woo-bin, as well as newly added cast members UHM Ji-won (The Silenced, 2015), OH Dal-su (Assassination, 2015) and JIN Gyeong (Veteran, 2015).
    Fresh from the smash hit Inside Men, LEE will play the president of a company involved in a massive fraud case, while the youth comedy Twenty (2015) star KIM will play his right-hand man. GANG, who has just scored successive hits with The Priests (also repped by United Pictures) and A Violent Prosecutor (currently in theaters) is on board to play the leader of a crime unit looking to take the company down. ZIP CINEMA is handling the production while CJ Entertainment will finance and distribute the film in Korea. Filming is scheduled to begin in April.
    United is also presenting the romcom thriller Life Risking Romance with Korean star HA Ji-won (Haeundae, 2009) and Taiwanese actor CHEN Bolin (Bad Guys Always Die, 2016), which is currently in post-production. Also in post is the fantasy docudrama Mr. Shark about a boy who meets a man who believes he is a shark.
    The company’s EFM slate also includes completed titles such as the action-comedy Chasing, from Mourning Grave (2014) director OH In-chun, the DMZ-set mystery-thriller MUSUDAN, which opens on Korean screens in March, and RHEE Jin-woo’s indie drama Stay with Me, which screened at the Jeonju, San Sebastian and Warsaw Film Festivals last year.
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