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Eight Hot Properties on Offer at the Asian Film Market

Poongsan
"Poongsan" is one of eight films looking set to move at the Asian Film Market.

As Busan's sales event opens, these films stand out as ready to move.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
Director: Wei Te-sheng 
Sales agent: Fortissimo Films
Why it’s hot: Cape No. 7 miracle-maker Wei’s historical epic stormed the Taiwan box office with a NTD474 million ($15.5 million) gross in its first three weeks.

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Director: Tsui Hark
Sales agent: Distribution Workshop 
Why it’s hot: Chinese visual master Tsui’s first 3D martial arts extravaganza starring Jet Li. Need we say more?

Lost in Paradise
Director: Vu Ngoc Dang 
Sales agent: Fortissimo Films
Why it’s hot: This film has at least two things going for it: edgy subject matter and being from an up and coming movie market. Set for an Oct. 14 domestic Vietnam release and with international rights held by Fortissimo Films, this same-sex love story could find its way to an art house niche for itself, especially in the U.S. and Europe. Produced by BHD-Vietnam Media Corp., Lost is based on a script by director Vu and Luong Manh Hai. Vu’s film had its world premiere at in Toronto, and exhibited at the Vancouver Film Festival earlier this month.

Poongsan
Director: Juhn Jai-hong
Sales agent: Finecut 
Why it’s hot: Up-and-coming director brings edginess to the dramatic, action-packed story about the divided Korean peninsula that the esteemed Kim Ki-duk scripted. The noir tale is full of ironic twists, sarcastic humor and steamy chemistry between hot lead actors Yoon Kye-sang and Kim Gyu-ri.

The Front Line
Director: Jang Hoon
Sales agent: Showbox/Mediaplex
Why it’s hot: “It” director Jang teams up with Joint Security Area scriptwriter Park Sang-yeon for a Korean War flick with the usual explosive battle scenes but with a novel pacifist spin. Actor Goh Soo shows he’s not just a pretty boy anymore with some serious acting opposite Shin Ha-kyun, who also measures up to his heightened reputation since Joint Security Area.

Invasion of Alien Bikini
Director: Oh Young-doo
Sales agent: Indie Story
Why it’s hot: Oh, who has been garnering a cult following for fantasy flicks like The Neighbor Zombie, promises a zany mix of sex comedy and sci-fi horror. The plotline in itself easily stands out: a young man who’s taken a chastity vow must fight to resist the seduction of an alien trapped inside a beautiful woman’s body in need of human sperm to procreate.

The Crucible
Director: Hwang Dong-hyeok
Sales agent: CJ E&M Pictures
Why it’s hot: Based on a true case of teachers sexually abusing hearing- impaired children, the film is not only topping the Korean box office but also igniting a nationwide movement to change related laws.