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Kim Ki-duk’s Anti-War Film ‘Who Is God?’ Will Be the Most Expensive of His Career

The film will cost $37 million, which is more than the total budget of Kim's previous 20 features.

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Divisive South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk, who’s won top prizes at several presitigious festivals and polarized critics throughout his career, is partnering with Dick Cook Studios and Film Carnival on “Who Is God?” An anti-war film marking Kim’s debut in China, the film is currently budgeted at approximately $37 million — an expontentially higher sum than any of his previous 20 features have been made for.

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The news comes from Variety, who break down the math and estimate that, in fact, that figure may be three times more than the total budget of Kim’s entire corpus so far. That sum comes largely from the securities firm Huafeng Investment Consultation, which is based in Hangzhou.

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Kim calls the project “the story of a conflict of faith — the wars between the tribes that worship nature and the kingdom that advocates religion…with plot lines (that) are richly interwoven with philosophy and Buddhist allegory.” Chinese actress Liu Yifei’s name has been floated as a potential headliner, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

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