Busan Film Market: Acemaker serves up a range of action and revenge titles

Multifaceted Korean film company Acemaker Movieworks will showcase four titles at this year’s Asian Contents & Film Market, held concurrently with the Busan International Film Festival. Action and revenge emerge as unifying themes.

The COVID pandemic continues to have a delayed impact on Korean production and film release scenes. The ongoing drought in cinemas over the past year meant that funds for new investments were tight and releases were postponed. Many of Acemaker’s films were filmed in 2020 but are only now confirming completion and new release dates.

Remember is an action drama starring Lee Sung Min (The Spy Gone North) and Nam Joo Hyuk (best known for TV series Start-Up and Twenty-Five Twenty-One). Directed by Lee Il Hyung (“A Violent Prosecutor”), the story follows a retired soldier suffering from dementia who seeks revenge on people he believes caused his family’s deaths. The film is a remake of Atom Egoyan’s Nazi thriller of the same name, starring the late Christopher Plummer. Remember will hit theaters in Korea on October 26, 2022.

Another action drama with a revenge theme is A Man of Reason, which premiered in the Toronto Festival’s Special Presentations section last month. The story’s protagonist, played by Jung Woo Sung (“Hunt”), was released from prison after 10 years. He tries to live a normal life only to find out that his daughter has been kidnapped by his former boss, leaving him with no choice but to resort to violence to get revenge. Kim Nam Gil (“Emergency Declaration”) and Kim Jun Han (“Beasts Clawing At Straws”) also star in Jung’s directorial debut.

The fact-based “Firefighters” takes place in a fire station in Seoul and is a victim story. Directed by Kwak Kyung Taek (The Classified File, Friend), the picture stars Kwak Do-won (Steel Rain 2: Summit) and Joo Won (Carter).

The company also serves a crime noir “Dirty Money.” It sees two detectives struggling with their own needs and succumbing to temptation when handling a large amount of cash. The film marks Kim Min Soo’s directorial debut and stars Jung Woo (“Hot Blooded”) and Kim Dae Myeong (“The Drug King”).

Founded in 2018 by Jung Hyun-joo, the former director of film investment and production at Showbox, Acemaker today encompasses film investment, production and distribution. It has had a mix of box office hits and festival hits to this day. These include action thriller The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil, mystery thriller The Anchor, crime drama The Policeman’s Lineage and romantic comedy New Year Blues.

https://variety.com/2022/film/asia/busan-film-market-acemaker-action-revenge-1235391324/ Busan Film Market: Acemaker serves up a range of action and revenge titles

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