South Korean sales company FineCut has sold a raft of films including two to Japan - Korean War film 71 – Into The Fire, which sold to Kadokawa Pictures and Cannes Critics’ Week title Bedevilled, which sold to King Records.
Directed by John H. Lee, 71 – Into The Fire took in about $28m at the box office despite the World Cup frenzy back in June.
Kadokawa Pictures previously distributed other Korean films such as The Host and King And The Clown. Kadokawa plans to release 71 – Into The Fire nationwide in Japan in February 2011.
The film was also sold to Festive Films for Singapore, and Wayrich Resources for Mongolia. The film had already pre-sold to UK, Germany, Benelux, Switzerland, and the ex-USSR. Aside from its sales, the film was recently released directly on 20 US screens in 14 key cities through JS Media.
Cannes Critics’ Week title Bedevilled, directed by Jang Cheol-soo, sold to King Records for Japan. It had also sold to Optimum Releasing for UK, Catchplay for Taiwan, Maywin Films for ex-USSR and Bir Film for Turkey.
“We are extremely thrilled to be able to acquire and distribute such an intense, powerful film. Recently, Korean films with violent, shocking themes have been successful and we think this will fit into the same genre and attract attentions, especially since it is the heroine who goes for brutal revenge after a long abuse and mistreatment,” said Akiko Uchida, who brokered the deal at King Records.
The graphic thriller by former Kim Ki-duk assistant director Jang recently won three awards at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), including the top Best of Puchon and Best Actress awards. It is scheduled for release on Sept 2 in Korea.
FineCut also signed deals for recent titles such as Twilight Gangsters and Miss Staff Sergeant to Eagle International Communication and The Outlaw to Best Digital Technology for Taiwan. Iris: The Movie and The Outlaw also sold to Hwa Yea Multimedia for Malaysia.
FineCut will be hitting the autumn festivals with films such as Hong Sang-soo’s Oki’s Movie closing Venice’s Horizons section and Kim Jee-woon’s controversial thriller I Saw The Devil in Toronto’s Special Presentations section.