Seoul expectations


Beyond the Years
Director: Im Kwon-taek   Intl. Sales: Wild Bunch (France)
Director Im Kwon-taek presents the 100th movie in his five-decades-long career. "Years" is the follow-up to his 1993 hit production "Sopyonje," about traveling musicians who specialize in pansori (traditional Korean music).

Director: Kim Ki-duk
Intl. Sales: Cineclick Asia
Longtime Korean bad-boy Kim Ki-duk offers a distinctly mellower film with this unconventional love story that chronicles a unique relationship that develops between a housewife and a prison inmate (played by Taiwanese actor Chang Chen).

The Bridge at No Gun Ri
Director: Lee Sang-woo
Intl. Sales: MK Pictures
Based on a real-life Korean War tragedy -- as told in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name -- this drama tells the story of a village of refugees who were killed by American troops while trying to flee to safety.

Directors: Jung Sik and Jung Bum-sik   Intl. Sales: Studio 2.0
"Epitaph" is one of the summer's most highly anticipated horror films. Set in 1941 Seoul during the Japanese occupation, the film is the scary story of a hospital morgue, a serial killing and some rather strange doctors. Co-director Jung Bum-sik got his start as an assistant director on several Park Chan-wook films.

The Good, the Bad and the Weird
Director: Kim Jee-woon   Intl. Sales: Cineclick Asia
Featuring three of Korea's biggest stars (Jung Woo-sung, Lee Byung-hun, and Sang Kang-ko), Kim's $12 million "Oriental Western" tells the story of three outlaws who try to find a great treasure in 1930s Manchuria. The film began production in April and is set for release in early 2008.

Hansel & Gretel
Director: Yim Pil-sung
Intl. Sales: Cineclick Asia
This horror film, based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale, hopes to set spines
tingling with a story about a young man trapped in a house by children who never grow up. The film features production design by Ryu Seong-hee.

May 18
Director: Kim Ji-hoon
Intl. Sales: CJ Entertainment
A drama based on the Gwangju Uprising of 1980, which saw hundreds of people killed and injured in a revolt against the nation's military government of the time.

Paradise Murdered
Director: Kim Han-min
Intl. Sales: MK Pictures
Inspired by real-life events that took place in the 1980s, this drama tells the tale of 17 people who mysteriously go missing on an island. Cut off from the mainland by rough weather, a violent murder leads to recriminations, rising paranoia and the revelation of some disturbing secrets.

Secret Sunshine
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Intl. Sales: CJ Entertainment
One of Korea's most-respected filmmakers teams up with two of the nation's best actors, Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon, to tell a love story about a garage mechanic and a piano teacher.

Director: Yoichi Sai (Choi Yang-il)
Intl. Sales: CJ Entertainment
"Soo" is Japanese director Yoichi Sai's first Korean-language film, about a brother seeking revenge against the people who murdered his twin.

Director: Park Tae-choon
Intl. Sales: Studio 2.0
This $8 million epic about the great Japanese painter Toshusai Sharaku explores the possibility that he was actually the great Korean painter Kim Hong-do, who went missing in 1794 -- the same year Sharaku mysteriously appeared.