The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) has chosen 4 South Korean projects, including the latest by director Na Hong-jin
), for its high-profile project market, taking place March 23 – 25, 2009 alongside the Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 22 – April 13).
NA will present his new project, titled "The Yellow Sea"
, the tale of a man who is forced to become a murderer through physical necessity. The director's debut film "The Chaser"
was an unexpected hit at the Korean box office, becoming the second-highest grossing film of 2008.
Korea's top action director Ryoo Seung-wan
will bring "The Enforcer", his seventh feature project to HAF. The director is known for such popular hits as "Arahan
" (2004), "Crying Fist
" (2005) and "The City of Violence
Also invited were Yim Pil-sung
with a project called "The Flower of Evil" and Lee Jeong-beom
with "A Secret Boy". LIM debuted with 2005 feature "Antarctic Journa"l followed by fairy-tale horror "Hansel and Gretel
" (2007). LEE debuted with gangster-drama "Cruel Winter Blue"s (2006).
HAF selected a total of 27 projects, with an emphasis on those that find a common ground between art house and commercial values. Noticeable also was the selection of star newcomers like NA and Taiwan's Wei Te-Sheng (Cape No.7). Asian projects comprise 26 of those selected.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)