Daniel Dae Kim to star in film based on Japanese series “Pure Soul” – deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios, 3AD and Motoko Kimura team up to develop feature film It’s always with Mina Shum writing and directing and Daniel Dae Kim in talks to star.

The film, which is based on a successful Japanese television series Pure soul from YTV, follows two 40-year-olds who feel perfectly content to live their lives without commitment until they meet. When an unforeseen tragic incident turns their lives upside down, can they still be perfect for each other?

Shum will be the executive producer, with Kim and John Cheng producing through 3AD. Kimura will also produce. Pure soul was created and produced by Kimura while working for YTV.

Shum has written and directed five award-winning feature films which all had world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, and two films with US premieres at Sundance. Shum’s first feature film Double happiness with Sandra Oh won the award for best first feature film at the Berlin Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Turin Film Festival. His most recent film, Meditation park starring Cheng Pei-Pei, Tzi Ma and Sandra Oh premiered at TIFF and was acquired by Netflix. His work also includes episodic television shows, art installations, essays, lectures and short films.

3AD was created by Daniel Dae Kim to produce top notch content for television, film and digital media. Engaged in storytelling featuring traditionally under-represented characters and cultures, projects produced by 3AD include the hit series The good doctor (ABC / SONY). The company is led by Kim and Chief Development Officer John Cheng and has a premier television deal with Amazon Studios.

Kim is represented by Daniel is represented by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gang, Tire, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc. Shum is represented by CAA, Sukee Chew at Sugar23 and lawyer Annie Lee at Gang Tyer Ramer Brown & Passman.

Marie A. Evans