Korean film is undeniably on the rise. Cinematic offerings from South Korea are not only getting wider international attention, but the pictures are also becoming increasingly ambitious, which has meant great things for their box office. In 2006 the country had two large record-breakers. At $84 million, there was King and the Clown, and topping that at $90 million is the well-beloved scary tadpole movie, The Host. Yet, both of these offerings might get left in the dust in 2008, if current plans are any indication.

Vision Link Global, a Korean film agency, has announced a large co-production this week. The US, France, China, and of course, South Korea will invest $50 billion won to bring the currently-named Melanie's Violin to the big screen. First, that's won, not dollars, in case you were thinking that was some exorbitant amount for a movie -- 50 billion won is roughly $53,000 -- and only the beginning of the film's financing. The movie, which has plans for a simultaneous release worldwide (there will be no delayed release for Melanie!) is about an acclaimed Jewish violinist who escapes the Nazi Holocaust by fleeing to Shanghai. There, the musician teams up with a Chinese pupil to "bring faith, hope and freedom through his music." Not surprisingly, it is being considered the "Asian Schindler's List."

The international involvement isn't just monetary. The film was already offered to one big name -- Roman Polanski, who had to turn it down, the film crew will include people who have worked on Schindler's List and The Pianist, Ji Park will head the movie's music and according to KBS Global, the big-name director, whoever it ends up being, might be joined by big Hollywood names. It will be interesting to see what style the film takes, if it will be the strange, immensely colorful style of Clown, or something more subdued and Western-influenced.
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