'Mafia' gets government money

Three winners of creativity contest get up to $1 mil

SEOUL -- “The Dumb Mafia,” an action comedy by Shim Young-rae (“D-War”) was selected as one of the three finalists for a production grant from the Korea Creative Content Agency, a government-supported body that promotes local cultural content.

Samg Animation’s 3-D anime “Vroomies” and “Samhwa Networks’ “Tele-cinema” were the other winners out of 109 submissions.

The three works have been mainly chosen for their potential to be turned into multi-purpose media, including animation, games and books through the original content. Other considerations of the selection were their potential to sell in overseas markets and the originality of the work. The winners will receive funding of up to 1.2 billion won ($1 million). 

“The Dumb Mafia” will be produced by Younggu Art, the same company who made the director’s previous science-fiction “D-War” (aka Dragon Wars) run by Shim. The 2007 film, which involved heavy CG done in Korea, attracted 8.43 million admissions in local boxoffice, and became the country’s fifth-most watched Korean movie of all time. The film was later widely released in North America and China.