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KIM Ki-duk to Release STOP in December

Nov 18, 2016
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Director Brings Prior Film to THE NET to Korean Screens

Following the successful domestic release of his latest indie drama THE NET, which garnered almost 57,000 admissions in limited release following its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in August, KIM Ki-duk will bow his previously completed film Stop in Korean theaters this December. According to production company a KIM KI-DUK film, in addition to cinema screens, the film will also bow on digital platforms next month.

Premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last year, KIM’s 21st feature Stop was a low-key effort by the enfant terrible of Korean cinema, which was made entirely in Japan on a shoestring budget. 

Starring Japanese performers NAKAE Tsubasa, HORI Natsuko and TAKEDA Hiromitsu, Stop is a drama about a pregnant couple who live in the contaminated region of Fukushima, following its nuclear power plant meltdown, and worry about the effect that the fallout may have on their unborn child.

Director KIM has stated that the starring point of Stop came from his impressions of the aftermaths of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters and that he wanted to explore the fear surrounding radiation damage.

KIM is well known for his controversial films which have drawn acclaim from around the world, playing at umpteen festivals, but have traditionally struggled to find an audience back in Korea. The major exception to this was his 2012 feature Pieta, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival and edged past 600,000 viewers in Korea.

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