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Korean, Japanese Actors to Star in Joint Movie

2008/06/03 Source

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Two top actors, Korean Ha Jung-woo and Japanese Satoshi Tsumabuki, will join forces to star in a joint Korean-Japanese movie "Boat" (working title).

The Korean movie production company Kraze Pictures announced that the movie will start filming June 28 with Japanese production IMJ Entertainment in Niigata, Japan.

"The movie will be filmed completely in Japan but Ha will speak Korean (in the film). It is scheduled to be in theaters next year", Byun Bong-hyun, the film manager at Kraze Pictures told The Korea Times.

"Boat" depicts the story of two young Korean and Japanese smugglers who try to kidnap a Korean woman. The Korean actress has not been confirmed yet.

Korean director Kim Young-nam, who won the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award and the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award for "Don't Look Back" (2006) at the 59th Locarno International Film Festival, will produce the film, while Japanese writer Aya Watanabe will work on the script.

Watanabe became popular among Japanese and Korean movie fans through movies such as "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish" (2003) and "Mezon Do Himiko" (2005).

The 30-year-old Ha has appeared in several films and dramas but stepped up as one of Korea's most talented actors with his performance in the hit movie "The Chaser" (2008). Tsumabuki gained stardom in Japan and Korea with his performance in movies such as "Josee" and "Tears for You" (2006).

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