Korean film draws cheers at Cannes

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Korean film draws cheers at Cannes

CANNES, France - The Korean film “The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil” received a standing ovation at a non-competition screening at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

The action-adventure film was shown at the Grand Theatre Lumiere in Cannes, southern France, as part of the festival’s out-of-competition “Midnight Screenings.”

With director Lee Won-tae and stars Ma Dong-seok, Kim Mu-yeol and Kim Sung-kyu also on hand, the film brought the audience to their feet for about four minutes.

The cast and director waved their hands to the cheering crowd, with Kim Mu-yeol, who portrayed the cop, giving a thumbs-up.

“I appreciate the Cannes Festival’s invitation, and thank all of you here for watching the movie until midnight,” the director said after the screening.

The one-hour-and-50-minute film is about a gangster and a police officer who team up to catch a serial killer for their own reasons.

The movie, which was released in South Korea last week, is at the top of the local box office, with a cumulative total of more than 1.9 million viewers as of Wednesday.

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