Production has wrapped at the long-gestating “Ajoomma,” a characteristic movie that delves into the fascination that Korean popular culture holds for middle-aged girls in Asia.
The tale, mentioned to be in line with the mum of director He Shuming, comes to a Okay-drama-obsessed widow from Singapore who tries to search out new objective in existence and as a substitute finally ends up getting misplaced in Korea. The script was once co-written by means of He and Kris Ong.
” ‘Ajoomma’ very properly touches upon a phenomenon that has been going down throughout Asia for over a decade – the fascination of middle-aged girls around the area with South Korean tradition and media,” Chen instructed Variety. “Now K-drama and culture has literally exploded all over the world.”
“Ajoomma” filmed basically in Seoul, Korea, initially of the yr and has now finished its ultimate leg of manufacturing in Singapore. Post-prod has begun, placing the movie on track for a supply within the autumn.
The movie stars Singapore veteran actress Hong Huifang (“The Price of Peace,” “Recipe of Life”) in her first main function at the large display screen. She is joined by means of Korean actors Jung Dong-hwan (“Mine,” “Hotel del Luna”), Kang Hyung Suk (“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha,” “Crash Landing on You”). Korean big name Yeo Jingoo (“Hotel del Luna,” “Beyond Evil”) makes a visitor look as himself. And Singaporean actor Shane Pow rounds out the forged.
The movie is produced by means of Singaporean director-producer Anthony Chen’s Giraffe Pictures and Korea’s Lee Joonhan. It is supported by means of Singapore Film Commission and National Arts Council in Singapore and the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and Seoul Film Commission in Korea.
No gross sales agent has but been appointed. “We will explore that in due course,” Chen mentioned.
The challenge is acquainted to many at the Asian movie competition and challenge marketplace circuit. It prior to now earned: essentially the most promising challenge award on the Singapore International Film Festival’s Southeast Asian Film Lab; the SEAFIC Award at the SEAFIC Lab in 2018; and the easiest co-production award on the IFFAM Macao Project Market in 2018, when it reported a manufacturing finances of $1.1 million. “Ajoomma” additionally won a manufacturing grant in 2019 from Thailand’s Purin Pictures.
The movie is the characteristic movie debut of He. A writer-director, he studied at The Puttnam School of Film and Animation in Singapore and the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. His brief documentary “Letters From The Motherland,” was once a part of the “667” omnibus movie which premiered across the world on the Busan competition in 2017.
London-based Chen received the Camera d’Or for easiest debut movie at Cannes in 2013 with “Ilo Ilo.” His 2d movie as director “Wet Season,” debuted on the Toronto competition in 2019. He is now reported to be hooked up to direct an Amazon-backed sequence adaptation of “Secret Daughter,” with Priyanka Chora-Jonas and Sienna Miller to big name.
Giraffe Pictures’ previous productions come with omnibus “Distance,” which opened the 2015 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and “Pop Aye” which received at Sundance and Rotterdam. The corporate’s upcoming slate contains Thai director Sorayos Prapapan’s debut characteristic “Arnold Is A Model Student,” Indonesian director Mouly Surya’s “This City Is A Battlefield” and Filipino director Petersen Vargas’ 2d movie “Some Nights I Feel Like Walking.”