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  • Showbox Drives A TAXI DRIVER into Cannes Market
  • by Pierce Conran /  May 24, 2017
  • Korean Distributor Presents Political Dramas, Thrillers and Horror
     

    Following their election drama The Mayor with CHOI Min-shik, released at the end of last month, Korean investor and distributor Showbox is gearing up for another major political drama with A Taxi Driver, as well as horror film Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum and the star-driven crime drama The Swindlers. Showbox is currently presenting these titles and more at the Cannes Film Market.

    From Rough Cut (2008) and The Front Line (2011) director JANG Hun, A Taxi Driver stars SONG Kang-ho as a taxi driver who agrees to drive a German journalist played by Thomas Krestchmann down to Gwangju in May 1980 to cover the political demonstrations that would go down in history. The film, which will bow in late summer in Korea, was presented to buyers in a pair of private market screenings.

    From Epitaph (2007) director JUNG Bum-shik, Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum features a live web streaming investigates an abandoned hospital rumored to be haunted. The film is expected to come out at some point in the summer.

    Featuring Hyun-bin fresh off his Lunar New Year hit Confidential Assignment and Old Boy (2003) star YOO Ji-tae, The Swindlers follows a top con artist who escapes his country only to be tracked down by a dirty prosecutor with a gang of his own confidence men. The feature debut of JANG Chang-won will be released later this year. 

    Also due out later this year will be KWAK Kyung-taek’s supernatural thriller RV: Resurrected Victims with KIM Rae-won (Gangnam Blues, 2015) and KIM Hae-sook (The Thieves, 2012), WON Shin-yun’s serial killer thriller Memoir of a Murderer with Public Enemy’s (2002) SUL Kyung-gu, and the period drama The Cyclist King (WT) with JUNG Ji-hoon (aka Kpop superstar Rain), which recently began production.
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