Best-selling “Whale”, “Modern Family” and “My Uncle, Bruce Lee” author Cheon Myeong-kwan’s feature directing debut, Hot Blooded, is getting a local director’s cut re-release on May 26. According to the Chosun Ilbo, the new cut will be extended by 22 minutes following its initial rollout back in March from Kidari Ent for PG-15 audiences.
Cheon directed the film, having adapted the script from a 2016 novel by Han Moo-suk literature prize winner, Kim Un-su. The movie centers on a low-level gangster and acting hotel manager in the shabby port town of Kwan in Busan, whose aspirations to wealth and power accelerate with the sudden return of a murder suspect who fled the country twenty years earlier.
The film stars Jung Woo, Kim Kap-soo, Chou Moo-sung, Ji Seung-hyun, Kim Hae-gon, Yoon Ji-hye and Lee Hong-nae. Finecut is representing international sales on the film as part of its slate, and has also landed sales for Epic Pictures Releasing in North America with a release date pending, according to Screendaily’s Cannes coverage on Wednesday.
Other territories include The Jokers Films for France, M Pictures for Thailand as well as Cambodia and Laos, New Select for Japan, CJ ENM Hong Kong for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, and Viva Networks for the Philippines.
Check out posters for Finecut’s international sales presentation and the official artwork for the director’s cut in the slideshow below.