HONG KONG -- Recently launched Korean sales company Fine Cut has expanded its slate with a pair of pickups from United Pictures, a new shingle headed by a trio of leading Korean producers.
United Pictures is a production and financing company set up by Lee Tae-hun ("Sympathy for Lady Vengeance"), Shim Bo-kyeong ("JSA: Joint Security Area") and Eugene Lee ("Happiness") separately from their own production labels.
The two pickups include "Antique," which is an adaptation of a Japanese manga about four roguish chefs working in a bakery. A Zip Cinema/Soo Film/United Pictures production, pic is helmed by Min Kyu-dong ("Memento Mori").
The other pickup is "Go Go 70s." Film features "Tazza the High Rollers" star Cho Seung-woo as the leader of 1970s band Devils, which led Korean rock music out of the dark ages. Directed by Choi Ho, pic is produced by United and Shim's Bokyungsa outfit.
Both pics are currently in production and will be released in Korea through Showbox/Mediaplex.
Fine Cut was launched last month in Berlin by former Cineclick Asia topper Suh Young-joo and has already had B.O. and remake deal success with actioner "The Chaser." Pic has sold more than 3 million tickets for a gross exceeding $18 million.