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Patrick Frater | Variety 2014-11-07
AFM: Finecut Sews up ¡®Royal¡¯ Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

Top indie sales house Finecut has picked up rights to ¡°The Royal Tailor,¡± a period drama that is poised to become one of the biggest Korean films of the year.

The $10 million film is created and packaged by Kim Sujin, a producer with a reputation for discovering directing talent, and who made the breakout ¡°The Chaser,¡± directed by Na Hong-jin.

¡°Royal Tailor¡± is the second feature by Lee Wonsuk, whose first effort was the more contemporary ¡°How to Use Guys With Secret Tips.¡± It stars Han Seok-kyu, Ko Soo, Park Shin-hye, and Yoo Yeon-seok.

Set hundreds of years ago during the Chosun dynasty the story is a tale of rivalry between two tailors, one old, loyal and traditional, and the other a young upstart. Their Mozart/Salieri-like rivalry, and court intrigue, is sparked when the queen brings in the outsider to recreate a robe for the king, which the older cutter had ruled out as a breach of palace protocol.

Presented by Waw Pictures, the film is set for a wide theatrical release in South Korea for the Christmas to be locally distributed by Showbox.

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