'Rain' builds Korea buzz

Pusan premiere sold out in 38 seconds

SEOUL -- The crime thriller "I Come With the Rain" is building significant buzz among local audiences, with tickets to the local premiere at Pusan International Film Festival selling out online in 38 seconds.

The film, from Tran Anh Hung and locally distributed by CJ Entertainment, stars Josh Hartnett, Kimura Takuya and Lee Byung-hun and centers on a former detective on a mission to search for his client's missing son in Hong Kong. The film is an ambitious, $18 million production for Vietnamese-French director Tran ("The Scent of Green Papaya").

Hartnett's "Pearl Harbor" is reasonably well-known among local moviegoers, as is Takuya, who gained fame as a member of Japanese pop group SMAP, later starring in the Japanese version of the hit TV series "Hero," following up with a film of the same title.

Tran's latest film is also the second appearance in a multinational film project for Lee, a hallyu (Korean Wave) star who played Storm Shadow in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and had a cameo in the film "Hero" with Takuya. Lee plays the boss of a Hong Kong gang in the new film.

The film's marketing is also appealing to nonmainstream audiences here, stressing stylized details like the film's soundtrack by the U.K.'s Radiohead.

"I Come With the Rain" is set to be released Oct. 15. All three actors will be walking Pusan's red carpet next month.
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