Park to direct animated Microsoft movie KameoLos Angeles ― Korean-American film director and producer Park Sun-min, 44, is going to direct Microsoft Corp.’s first animation movie.
Ms. Park co-produced “The Others,” featuring Nicole Kidman, in 2001. Earlier she produced “Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang” (The Emperor and the Assassin), which competed at the 52nd Cannes Film Festival. She has also been selected as one of the top 10 producers by Variety magazine. Ms. Park debuted as a director with “Too Pure” in 1998 and has directed a handful of films including “Wonderful Days,” also known as “Sky Blue.”
Microsoft decided to turn its XBox action game “Kameo,” featuring the voices of Leonardo Di Caprio and Emilie Watson, into a film after it became hugely popular among gamers with its release last year.
“I am glad that Microsoft chose me,” Ms. Park said. “I will make an animation with Asian mystique and touch.” Ms. Park immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old and graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles. She received her masters’ degree in Asian studies at Columbia University.
“I came to the United States when I was young and got used to American culture and life, but I still like Korean culture and Koreans,” she said. After she received her masters’ degree, she helped Korean companies import films from the United States ― her entry point into the businesses. “Kameo” will be released next year.
by Park Sang-woo