‘The Net’ to open Tokyo FILMeX

Angela Jung, Oct. 13, 2016, 9:17 a.m.

Art-house filmmaker Kim Ki-duk’s drama “The Net” is heading to Japan. The 17th annual international film festival Tokyo FILMeX will be opening on Nov. 19 with Kim’s latest film, according to distribution company Next Entertainment World on Thursday. 

This is not Kim’s first time at the festival. Most recently, his 2014 thriller “One on One” was featured at the event, and his personal documentary “Arirang” received the Agnes B. Audience Award in 2011. 

Tokyo FILMeX, which has a heavy focus on Asian productions, will be presenting 33 feature films, including director Yoon Ga-eun’s “The World of Us” (2015) and Lee Hyun-ju’s “Our Love Story” (2015), a Grand Prize winner at this year’s Jeonju International Film Festival. 

Having made its world premiere at this year’s Venice International Film Festival in August, “The Net” has been a popular selection for various international film events, including the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and others. 

Starring actors Ryoo Seung-beom, Lee Won-geun and Kim Young-min, the film centers around a North Korean fisherman, played by Ryoo, who accidentally drifts into South Korean territory, where he is interrogated by authorities who suspect him of espionage.

This year’s Tokyo FILMeX will close on Nov. 27.

“The Net” is currently playing in local theaters.

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