Directing trio unites for 'Busan Project'

Project expected to debut in May 2010

A trio of Asia's top directors will flaunt their love for the city of Busan with their upcoming three-part "Busan Project."

Korean studio Sidus FNH will unveil on Saturday details of the three-hander involving Japan's Isao Yukisada, Thailand's Wisit Sasanatieng and "Save the Green Planet" director Joon-hwan Jang from Korea.

Sidus is selling international rights to the pic which will be produced by local outfit Balcon and taps into funding from the Pusan festival and the Sidus FNH-Benex Cinema Fund 1. Festival head Kim Dong-ho serves as executive producer.

Each of the directors will tell a love story in their own unique way. Sasanatieng ("Tears of the Black Tiger") will pair up a drag-queen secret agent with a terrorist. Yukisada ("Crying Out Love In the Center of the World") will match a cinematographer with an eligible bachelorette, while Jang's segment aims to hit the bull's eye with a former archery athlete who now wants to play Cupid.

Production is scheduled to start before the end of the year and be completed in time for a festival debut next May.

"It's been a long-time dream for me to show the world the beauty of Pusan through the eyes of such talented artists as Yukisada, Wisit, and Jang," Balcon's president and producer Oh Seok-geun said. "We are very excited that we can finally make our dream come true."

Other movies previously set in the city include the recent disaster pic "Haeundae," K.T. Kwak's coming of ager "Friend" and stylish crime flick "Bloody Tie."