Magazine article Variety

Aurora Joins India-Korean Pic 'Yellow Jade'

Magazine article Variety

Aurora Joins India-Korean Pic 'Yellow Jade'

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SINGAPORE-BASED Aurora Media Holdings, one of Southeast Asia's leading media companies, has optioned and boarded India-South Korean co-production "The Yellow Jade" as a producer, alongside India's Stray Factory and India/Singapore outfit Magic Hour Films. The deal was struck at Busan's Asian Project Market. Aurora group managing partner Justin Deimen will produce with Stray Factory's Mathivanan Rajendran and Magic Hour's Samir Sarkar. Vijay Jayapal ("Rev- elations") will direct. The companies are meeting potential Korean co-producers at the market.

Aurora has also completed the funding that Stray Factory, Magic Hour, Uncombed Buddha, Stop Whinging and Harman Ventures sought for Jayapal's "Nirvana Inn" at the Asian Project Market.

"The Yellow Jade" cuts between the past and the present. In the past, Korean King Suro dreamed that the heavens would choose his bride. A South Indian princess sailed across the seas in a red vessel, and married him to become Queen Heo HwangOk. Meanwhile in present-day Korea, an engineer has baffling recurring dreams of a mysterious foreign bride. When he is sent on an assignment to Chennai, South India, he falls in love with a local theater artist. While navigating unfamiliar territory, he uncovers surprising connections between Tamil and Korean cultures.

The Queen's tomb is located in Gimhae, home to Busan's international airport.

The producers are looking at casting a leading Korean actor and an Indian actress with international appeal. …

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