Saturday, November 25, 2006

My Wife is a Gangster 3 Tops Pre-Sales to Asia

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The American Film Market (AFM) saw a number of Korean films sold to various markets, with pre-sales on Korean sequel My Wife is a Gangster 3, closing successive deals throughout Asia. Korean distribution arm Showbox claims deals to Asian markets for the film reached a record high for any Korean film sold at AFM to Asian countries, not including Japan.

The original My Wife is a Gangster was a domestic box-office sensation in 2001, selling over 5 million tickets nationwide. The third outing for the franchise has already created a buzz, as it stars Taiwanese beauty Shu Qi as the gangster wife. She is known in the west for her award-winning roles in Hou Hsaio Hsien's films Three Times and Millenium (sic) Mambo and for her role in The Transporter.

The current sequel is directed by JO Jin-kyu who also directed the original, and is produced again by Hyunjin Cinema. Showbox said total pre-sales to Asia was at $660,000 so far, with the film sold to Sahamongkol International for Thailand, Panorama Distributions for Hong Kong, Scholar Multi-media for Taiwan, Dynamic Film International for China, Cathay Keris Films for Singapore and Malaysia, PT Amero Mitra Film for Indonesia, and BHD for Vietnam.

Korean sequels do tremendously well at home, often simply by virtue of being a sequel. Other hit sequels include Marrying the Mafia 2 and 3, Another Public Enemy and My Boss, My Teacher. In production are the sequels Mapado 2 and My Tutor Friend 2, while plans to produce sequels to The Host and Tazza: The High Rollers are already being discussed.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)
Link to original article.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sexiest Man Alive...ummm

People Magazine has designated George Clooney "The Sexiest Man Alive". Ahem...People Magazine, I think you might have overlooked something. This is the sexiest man alive.

But it's okay People Magazine, anyone can make a mistake, you just looked West, when you should have been looking East.

Well, I'm glad we've got that settled.
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Friday, November 17, 2006

Oh Ji Ho - Who did it?

The stylist who came up with this haircut should have his or her scissors taken away for six months.

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Oh Ji Ho - Gangster 3 sells like hotcakes at AFM

“My Wife is a Gangster 3” Sold at AFM

The Korean comic action film “My Wife is a Gangster 3” has garnered much attention from Asian buyers at the recently-held American Film Market. Showbox, the film’s distributor, said Tuesday that the film had been sold for a total of 660,000 dollars (620 million won) to eight Asian nations -- Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. “The price is the highest ever paid for a Korean movie at the market by Asian nations except Japan,” it added.

“In the case of Thailand, it signed a deal to invest and distribute the movie in the country instead of just importing it, which shows that the country is confident of its success,” Showbox said. “Vietnam agreed to pay a price similar to what it paid to buy “King Kong, making the movie the most expensive Korean movie it has imported.” Vietnam is reported to have high expectation for the film because it stars Shu Qi, a Hong Kong actress who enjoys great popularity in Vietnam.

“My Wife is a Gangster 3” also sold to Germany, and the distributor expects more sales after the film is completed because other countries like the U.S., Britain and France also showed great interest. “Since the remake copyright of “My Wife is a Gangster 1” was sold to Hollywood in 2001, foreign buyers have showed considerable interest in this movie series,” it said.

Starring Lee Beom-soo, Hyung Young, and Oh Ji-ho in addition to Suh Qi, the movie will be released on Dec. 28. 2006

Link to original article at KBS Global.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Oh Ji Ho - Eyes full of sorrow.

A scene from La Belle.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Oh Ji Ho - Three From A Second Proposal

As Chauffeur

As Talent Scout

As Helping Hand

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Oh Ji Ho - Me Man!

One of the funniest Oh Ji Ho pictures I've seen.
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Friday, November 03, 2006