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Breathless Sold to Canada

2009/07/27 Source

Yang Ik-june's award-winning first feature, "Breathless", has been acquired by Ciné-Asie Creatives, a Montreal-based distribution and coproduction company, for release in Canadian theaters in 2010. The deal, concluded last week with Korean sales agent Showbox/Mediaplex, marks the second Korean distribution title acquired by Ciné-Asie, following Lee Yoon-ki's "My Dear Enemy".

"Breathless" tells the story of Sang-hoon, a low-life debt collector, played by director Yang Ik-june (also credited as writer and producer of this film). Sang-hoon, a violent and unscrupulous gangster with a difficult past comes across Yeon-hee (played by Kim Kott-bi), a high school girl with an equally difficult present. After a rather precarious start, the two manage to form a friendship of sorts amidst the hardships of their daily life.

The film had its Canadian premiere at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival in July, along with "My Dear Enemy", which will be released in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver this fall.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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