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  • [Upcoming Films] M-LINE DISTRIBUTION | SHOWBOX CORP. | Studio Bonanza
  • by Pierce Conran /  Dec 20, 2021

  • KINGMAKER 

     

    2022 | 123MIN l Political Drama

    DIRECTOR Byun Sunghyun 

    CAST Sul Kyunggu, Lee Sunkyun

    RELEASE DATE Jan 2022

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    PARASITE (2019) star Lee Sunkyun stars in Kingmaker as SEO Chang-dae, a political campaign strategist who aspires to change the world. Seduced by the political platform of KIM Woon-bum, played by Sul Kyunggu, he joins his campaign, and the pair go up against the current ruling dictatorial party, using an aggressive and propagandist campaign to push KIM to the top of the polls. The ambitious SEO believes that in politics, the ends justify the means, so he believes that dirty tactics are sometimes necessary, however, KIM contends that those methods are not true politics. As their conflict begins to deepen, SEO is contacted by the other side with a secret offer regarding the next presidential election. 

     

    Following PARASITE, Lee recently appeared in Kim Jeewoon’s Dr. Brain, the debut Korean language series of Apple TV+. Veteran star Sul has been feted across this year’s Korean film awards shows, winning several Best Actor accolades for his turn in Lee Joonik’s The Book of Fish. Kingmaker is the latest film from director Byun Sunghyun, who last made the acclaimed gang thriller The Merciless, also starring Sul, which was invited to the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. His other films include the romantic comedy Whatcha Wearin' (2012), and the music drama The Beat Goes On (2012).

     


    MY STRANGER  

     

    2021 | 72MIN l Horror

    DIRECTOR Cha Jinwoo

    CAST Yoo Seyoon, Im Wooil

    RELEASE DATE December 9, 2021

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    Yoo Seyoon is a famous comedian who decides to film a video for 15 days to get to the root of a disturbing problem he has experienced since childhood. During this video project, he captures mysterious phenomena taking place around him. Ever since he was 14 years old, Seyoon has repeated odd gestures and spit out meaningless words. Over time, the symptoms became worse until the point they eventually disappeared. Yet they still remained as a painful memory, especially to the friends and family who witnessed the bizarre actions he kept repeating around them. Now 42, Seyoon, who has become a family man, begins once more to hear these strange sounds and experience strange phenomena, which start to haunt him more and more as they intensify. He decides to record his daily life to pinpoint the source of the sounds. Over the days that pass, his unusual project begins to capture extraordinary scenes on camera.

     

    My Stranger is the directorial debut of Cha Jinwoo and features comedian Yoo Seyoon playing himself, with fellow gagman Im Wooil also among the cast of this mockumentary-styled comedy that features supernatural phenomena and shaman exorcisms. The film was released in domestic theaters in early December.

     

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    EMERGENCY DECLARATION

     

    2022 | TBD l Disaster Thriller

    DIRECTOR Han Jaerim

    CAST Song Kangho, Lee Byunghun, Jeon Doyeon, Kim Namgil, Yim Siwan, Kim Sojin, Park Haejoon

    RELEASE DATE TBD

    CONTACT SHOWBOX CORP. 

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    Veteran chief police detective Inho (Song Kangho) receives a tip that a man is threatening to commit a terror attack on a plane. During his investigation, he finds out that the suspect has boarded flight No. KI501. Despite his fear of flying, parent Jaehyuk (Lee Byunghun) decides to travel to Hawaii for the sake of his daughter's health. While going through the airport, he is distracted by a suspicious man who hangs around and speaks to them in a threatening way. The flight departs Incheon for Hawaii, but soon afterward, a man dies onboard under mysterious circumstances. Fear and chaos spread quickly, not only throughout the cabin but also on the land. Learning of the brewing crisis, Transport Minister Sookhee (Jeon Doyeon) sets up a counterterrorism task force and calls an emergency meeting during which they will try to find a way to land the plane.

     

    Following his hit prosecutor saga The King (2017), director Han Jaerim returns to theaters with the big-budget aviation disaster film Emergency Declaration. The film assembles one of the most impressive casts ever featured in a Korean film, including luminaries, such as Song Kangho, Lee Byunghun, Jeon Doyeon, Kim Namgil, Yim Siwan, Kim Sojin and Park Haejoon. The film, which cost KRW 28.5 billion (USD 24 million) to produce, was invited to an Out of Competition slot at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

     


    IN OUR PRIME  

     

    2022 | TBD l Drama

    DIRECTOR Park Donghoon

    CAST Choi Minsik, Kim Donghwi

    RELEASE DATE TBD

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    Jiwoo (Kim Donghwi) is an outcast in a prestigious private high school, who doesn’t fit in owing to his social class, which separates him from his richer classmates. One day, he meets Haksung (Choi Minsik), the school’s security guard, who happens to be a mathematical genius who defected from North Korea, and now lives his life with the door shut on his past. Jiwoo asks Haksung to teach him math, and although he is reluctant to do so at first, Haksung eventually relents. Jiwoo and Haksung, both at the low points in their lives, open up to one another during their special math sessions, but when Jiwoo is framed for an incident that happens in school, their friendship is put to the test, especially when people begin to pry into Haksung’s past.

     

    Old Boy (2003) and Roaring Currents (2014) star Choi Minsik headlines his second film of the year, following Im Sangsoo’s Heaven: To the Land of Happiness which was the opening film of this year’s Busan International Film Festival. New actor Kim Donghwi previously appeared in the second season of the hit K-drama Stranger. Director Park Donghoon has also made the features Girl By Girl (2007) and Enlightenment Film (2010).

     

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    DROWN 

     

    2022|100MIN | Psychological Thriller

    DIRECTOR Lim Sangsu

    CAST Lee Joongok, Kim Daegeun, Kim Yeongyo

    RELEASE DATE TBD

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    Dowoo (Lee Joongok) is running an old motel on the shore of Paro Lake, in the mountains just 20km away from the border with North Korea, while looking after his old mother, who is afflicted with dementia. When she disappears one day, the whole village comes to provide assistance to this man who has always been praised for his devotion. Dowoo’s attention turns to a mysterious man, Hoseung (Kim Daegeun), who showed up at the motel soon after and plans to stay here for a while. With his mother remaining missing, people around him begin to find his attitude suspicious, which doesn’t fail to irritate him, and even the police take an interest in him and conduct searches at the motel. When the body of a friend who was bullying Dowoo is discovered in the motel, Dowoo is confident he just fell into a trap laid by his enigmatic guest.

    Not to be confused with his homonym, the veteran director Im Sangsoo, Lim Sangsu is a young filmmaker who spent a decade honing his skills as an assistant director and had only made two shorts before, the latest of which, Rain Shower (2018), won the Jury Award at the Paris Korean Film Festival. His debut feature, which he describes as an exploration of the frightening things people keep hidden deep inside of them, stars Lee Joongok, who was most recently seen in HITMAN: AGENT JUN and Extreme Job

     


    Missing Yoon 


    2022|104MIN | Drama

    DIRECTOR Kim Jinhwa

    CAST Lee Jooyoung, Oh Minae, Noh Jaewon

    RELEASE DATE TBD

    CONTACT Studio Bonanza

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    A Youtuber who goes by the moniker of The Admirable (Lee Jooyoung) attempts to recover his former popularity by revealing the private life of celebrities. After the veteran singer Yoon Sinae goes missing, she strikes gold by staging a live stream of her own mother (Oh Minae), an impersonator who can imitate Yoon’s voice, and gained many followers. When her mother joins hands with ‘Woon Sinae’ (Noh Jaewon), a young man who had dreams of becoming a K-pop star but now makes a living as a Yoon impersonator, to look for their missing idol, The Admirable decides to take this opportunity to rack up even more views and equips their car with spycams to live-stream their journey without them knowing.  

    A project from the Korean Academy of Film Arts, Missing Yoon is the debut feature of director Kim Jinhwa. Lead actor Lee Jooyoung is a model and up-and-coming performer who first got noticed in 2018 with the role of a speechless drug manufacturer in the thriller Believer (2018), a role the director had initially planned for a male actor but eventually changed after meeting her. She later expanded her repertory with credits in Miss Baek (2018), SAMJIN COMPANY ENGLISH CLASS (2020), and the Netflix Original Series The School Nurse Files (2020), and was most recently seen in Josée, the Korean film adaptation of the Japanese short story of the same name.


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