NEW DELHI: Veteran South Korean director Im Kwon-taek whose films have featured in retrospectives in India, has announced his 102nd film: Hwajang — which in Korean means both “make-up” and “cremation”.
Im was recently featured in a retrospective at this month’s Busan International Film Festival. He said the film is based on Kim Hun’s 2004 short story, From Powder to Powder. A well-regarded English translation was published in 2007 in the expanded edition of the anthology Land of Exile: Contemporary Korean Fiction.
The blackly comic short story is about a middle-aged advertising executive’s infatuation with a healthy young woman in his company while his wife is dying from cancer. The story draws a contrast between the beauty products his company markets to hold back ageing and the inevitability of death and decay.
The role of the advertising executive will be played by An Seong-gi, a regular collaborator of Im. The actresses who will play his wife, daughter and mistress have yet to be announced. The film, which is produced by Myung Films, is expected to start shooting in December.