Kang Je-kyu's 'My Way' To Be Distributed by Japan's Toei and Korea's CJ Entertainment, SK Telecom
SEOUL -- My Way, a war blockbuster by director Kang Je-kyu (Taeguki) will be co-distributed with Japan's Toei later this year, CJ Entertainment and SK Telecom, the film's major distributors, announced Wednesday that the film will be released in 250 theaters in Japan in December.
The film, Kang's ambitious comeback film after seven years, stars major Asian actors including Korea's Jang Dong-gun (Warrior's Way), Japan's Odagiri Joe (Blood and Bones) and China's Fan Bingbing (Bodyguards and Assassins) and has a budget of 30 billion won ($29.9 million). The film is also seen as a move to stretch beyond the Asian territory for Kang, whose previous film Taeguki was distributed in North America by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Locally, Taeguki attracted 12 million admissions, a record-breaking number in 2004.
My Way centers around two men set in the Battle of Normandy during World War II. The film began shooting in October last year in Korea and is rumored to be moving to various locations in Europe.
CJ Entertainment and Toei subsidiary, T-Joy, formed a joint venture last April to produce Japanese movies, as well as distribute South Korean and other foreign films.
-- Gavin J. Blair in Tokyo contributed to this report.