Korea’s CJ Entertainment has had a busy start to the AFM, scoring sales on new titles White Night and Killer Bride’s Perfect Crime and selling Good Morning President to SPO Entertainment for Japan.
Park Shin-woo’s thriller White Night, based on a novel by leading Japanese mystery writer Keigo Higashino, was snapped up by Hong Kong’s Edko Films. The film is scheduled to open in Korea in December.
Killer Bride’s Perfect Crime, the directorial debut of actor Goro Kishitani (Crows: Episode 0), sold to Golden Harvest for Hong Kong and Catchplay for Taiwan. A co-production between CJ and Japan’s Amuse Inc and TBS, the Japanese-language comic thriller is currently on release in both Korea and Japan, where Toho is distributing.
Korean-language comedy Good Morning President, which opened the recent Pusan International Film Festival, also sold to Edko for Hong Kong and Catchplay for Taiwan. The film, starring Jang Dong-gun (Taegukgi), is currently number one at the Korean box office. SPO, which bought the film for Japan, also acquired CJ’s Public Enemy Returns and Marine Boy.
In addition to Killer Bride’s Perfect Crime, CJ is also unveiling two other Japanese-language titles at AFM – romantic drama Sayonara Itsuka and action thriller Golden Slumber.
Directed by Korea’s John H. Lee, whose Moment To Remember is one of the highest-grossing Korean films ever in Japan, Sayonara Itsuka features the comeback of popular actress Miho Nakayama (Love Letter). Asmik Ace will distribute in Japan.
Yoshihiro Nakamura’s action thriller Golden Slumber, which CJ co-financed with Toho, is set for Japanese release in February.
CJ is also selling Secret, the directorial debut of Yoon Jae-gu, writer of hit thriller Seven Days.