The man behind the recently released film "The Five" has been receiving a little more attention than one would expect for a rookie director.
It's not that his new thriller is a cinematic masterpiece or has a groundbreaking story line. But Jeong Yeon-sik, 46, is the web cartoon artist, or webtoonist, who wrote the hit web series "The Five", from which the film took its story line, making Jeong the first webtoonist turned film director in Korea.
What makes Jeong more interesting, however, is the fact that he released the story of "The Five" in the form of a cartoon series through Daum's Webtoon first to make investors and film producers come to him, rather than having him go around knocking on doors.
In recent years, a growing number of Korean films have been taking story lines from webtoons that have enjoyed great popularity online