Gang Dong-won’s Hollywood Debut, ‘Tsunami LA,’ Secures Korean Distributor
Art and Experience: Simon West’s “Tsunami LA,” starring top Korean actor Gang Dong-won, has secured a South Korean distributor. J&C Media Group said it had acquired the film and would give it a simultaneous release in Korea in 2019.
Production of “Tsunami LA” will begin in the U.K. and Mexico. Gang will join the production in April, after wrapping up Kim Ji-woon’s Korean adaptation of Japanese animation “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.”
Gang starred in two of South Korea’s top-grossing films of 2016, “Violent Prosecutor” and “Master,” as well as 2015 hit “The Priests.” Recently, he starred in CJ Entertainment’s “Golden Slumber,” which opened in February and earned $10.6 million during its Korean theatrical run.
“Tsunami LA,” about a monster wave that hits Los Angeles, will be produced on a budget of $55 million through Hannibal Classics and Foresight Unlimited. The pair is handling international sales.
J&C previously bought Korean rights to and distributed “Mechanic: Resurrection,” “John Wick Chapter Two” and last year’s box office hit, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”