Mirovision, Production M feeling 'Reckless'

Samurai action movie set to be finished in late 2009

SEOUL -- South Korean production company Mirovision is teaming up with Production M writer-director Lee Myung-se's company, to bring his samurai action movie "Youth Is Reckless" to the big screen.

Jason Chae, president of Mirovision, made the announcement Wednesday at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, where he is looking for financial partners for what he hopes will be the company's first high-profile international co-production.

Billed as equal parts "Easy Rider" and "Seven Samurai," "Youth" is set to be finished in late 2009. The screenplay is inspired by "A Book of Five Rings," the 17th century swordfighting manual by Miyamoto Musashi.

Lee was given the book 20 years ago by a Korean member of one of Japan's yakuza crime families and knew he would someday make a film about the author, Mirovision said in a statement.

Lee's atmospheric thrillers include "M" (2007), "Nowhere to Hide" (1999) and "Duelist" (2005), his first foray into the swordplay genre, which was released in France and Japan.

Mirovision, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008, announced in October that it would remake Kim Ki-young's 1960 Korean classic "The Housemaid," with Gina Kim ("Never Forever") writing and directing.