Continuing to pick up interesting and unusual (at least from a licensing standpoint) films for U.S. DVD distribution, 5 Points Pictures announced the license for 2007's The Happy Life
from director Lee Joon-ik (The King and the Clown
, Blades of Blood
The film follows a trio of middle-aged men (played by some seriously familiar faces - Jung Jin-young
, Brain, Love Rain
; Kim Yun-seok
, Punch, The Chaser
; Kim Sang-ho
, City Hunter, Princess Prosecutor
) who decide to start up their old college band and end up recruiting a young guy (Jang Keun-suk
) to be the new frontman.
5 Points hasn't yet announced a street date for the DVD release, but this is one I'm definitely looking forward to owning. The R3 DVD has been out of print for ages, so it'll be great to have the film back out in circulation.
The R1 DVD will include upgraded English subs for the film, as well as English subs for the video extras!
From the press release:Trailer:
5 POINTS PICTURES Announces Acquisition of THE HAPPY LIFE
GRIMES, Iowa, June 20, 2012 – Film distributor 5 Points Pictures is pleased to announce the acquisition of THE HAPPY LIFE (2007), in an expansion of its association with CJ Entertainment.
Directed by LEE Joon-ik (Blades of Blood, The King and the Clown), The Happy Life is a drama starring acclaimed actors JUNG Jin-young (The King and the Clown, Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield), KIM Yun-seok (The Thieves, Punch) and KIM Sang-ho (Moss, City Hunter), as well as actor-singer JANG Keun-suk (You’re Beautiful, Hong Gil-Dong).
The Happy Life was produced by Achim Pictures, Inc. and Tiger Pictures. It is presented by CJ Entertainment.
5 Points Pictures’ future Region 1 DVD release of The Happy Life will feature an upgraded English translation for the feature film, as well as translated video extras from the original South Korean home-video release.
The film distributor’s previously announced acquisitions include Finding Mr. Destiny (available July 2012), Moss (available Aug. 2012), and Tazza: The High Rollers (available Sept. 2012), plus Bleak Night, Penny Pinchers, Punch and The Suicide Forecast.
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