Filming of first S. Korean-U.S. movie completed

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) — The first movie to be produced jointly by South Korean and U.S. studios has been filmed and is scheduled to be released internationally next year, cinema companies said over the weekend.

"Never Forever," an independent film about a Korean immigrant and an American woman falling in love, is being put together by Vox3 Films, a New York-based production firm, and NOW Films of South Korea.

The first co-production between studios of the two countries features Ha Jung-woo, a rising star in the Asian country, who plays the immigrant, and Vera Farmiga, who plays the American housewife. The movie targets both Asian and American markets.

In the film, Jihah (Ha) enters into a "business arrangement" with Sophie (Farmiga) who wants to have a child to save her marriage with her successful Asian-American lawyer that is falling apart because they are unable to conceive.

Despite their agreement not to develop personal feelings, Jihah and Sohpie fall in love.

Farmiga, in an extensive interview in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, described her character as "the most demure" role she has ever played.

"’Never Forever’ is really a story about self-awareness through desire," she told the daily.

"But it has this ‘Belle de Jour’ quality. The couple falls in love through sex."
Andrew Fierberg, producer and co-founder of Vox3 Films, called "Never Forever" an "important film" that mixes the right elements.

"The strength of American independent film combined with the cultural artistic vision of Korean filmmakers make this new partnership with NOW Films exciting and a perfect time for a film like ‘Never Forever,’" he told Internet movie site ""

"When Gina Kim (writer/director) and co-producer Kim Kyung-hyun brought the project to me, I knew ‘Never Forever’ would be an important film," he said.

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