Korean director Kim Ki-duk and his onscreen persona actor Cho Jae-hyun have come together for the future of diversity in Korean film.
Director Kim and Cho, who is also director of Gyeonggi Film Commision are to sign an MOU on April 11 at Suwon's Young Tong Megabox at a ceremony for the opening of the cinema for diverse films.
The event will also be attended by Kim Moon-su, Mayor of Gyeonggi Province and CEO of Megabox, Yeo Hwan-ju. Under the slogan, “Diverse Film World Created by Gyeonggi Province and Megabox”, the event forms part of the province's cultural policy to promote and support diversity in Korean cinema.
The Suwon Megabox will be the first in the country to exclusively screen independent Korean films. Director Kim raised the issue of a weak distribution system in Korea for independent films with blockbusters dominating multiplexes.
Director Kim will take part in the MOU in his capacity as the head of a film production company which produces independent films.
After the ceremony, director Lee Ji-seung's “Azooma” will be screened as the first film to get support from the diversity film program. The film was produced with the micro budget of 50 million won.
Director Kim Dong-won, considered to be the godfather of Korean independent documentaries, director JEON Kyu-hwan of “The Weight” as well as director YANG Ik-jun of “Breathless” will also take part in the event. The theater will also screen “Jiseul” by Korean director O-Muel on four screens three times a day.
The film has so pulled in over 70 thousand, making it one of the most successful Korean independent films of all time.
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