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Ting Poo’s Documentary on K-Pop’s Lee Soo-Man is in Production

Filmmaker Ting Poo’s new documentary Lee Soo-Man: The King of K-Pop is in production, according to an exclusive report by Deadline. But the news comes on the heels of an announcement that Man’s company, SR Entertainment, is terminating a key contract with him.

The film is being made for Prime Video by This Machine, which says it will be “chronicling the enthralling life of a bold visionary whose work put his country on the map, sparked a global movement, and continues to define an era … A futurist and visionary on the scale of Steve Jobs, Lee is more than a music impresario. He is a world-builder and a technologist whose original creation has taken over global entertainment, one K-Pop band at a time.”

Ting Poo, who directed the Oscar-winning Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405, is also known for Val, a 2021 documentary about actor Val Kilmer. In announcing news about the Lee Soo-Man project, she was quoted as saying, “I couldn’t be more excited to work with the incredible teams at Prime Video and This Machine to tell the story of one of the most influential creators of our time. Lee Soo-Man is a modern-day Willy Wonka whose story will resonate with dreamers everywhere.”

Her enthusiasm was echoed by Brianna Oh, head of documentary features at Amazon Studios who said, “We are thrilled to reunite with Ting Poo to capture Lee Soo-Man’s dynamic career and undeniable influence on K-Pop and the music industry as a whole. We are confident this incredibly talented filmmaking team will deliver an emotional and compelling documentary that our Prime Video customers around the world will fall in love with.”

Lee Soo-Man is an entrepreneur whose company, SM Entertainment, describes itself as “Asia’s No. 1 entertainment group.” The trendsetting enterprise is credited with creating the worldwide enthusiasm for Korean pop music, generally known as K-Pop, via such groups as BoA, TVXQ, Girls Generation, Shinee, EXO, Super Junior, NCT and aespa.

On Friday, SM Entertainment said it was prematurely terminating a contract with Lee Soo-Man at the end of 2022. The deal had paid millions of dollars in royalties each year to Like Planning, a company that Lee owned.

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Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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