Bucking the trend for buyers to wait for completed product, Korea’s Showbox has pre-sold big-budget martial arts epic The Sword With No Name to the UK and Germany.
Splendid Films has taken the film for German-speaking Europe and Benelux, while UK rights have gone to Showbox Media Group. Turkey’s Horizon International and Taiwan’s Catchplay have also acquired the film.
Directed by Kim Yong-kyun, The Sword With No Name stars Cho Seung-woo (Tazza:The High Rollers) as a Joseon dynasty headhunter who falls in love with an aristocrat and is forced to become her bodyguard when she marries the king. The film is currently in post-production and scheduled for delivery this autumn.
Showbox has also sold crime drama The Scam, produced by Bidangil Pictures which has credits including The Chaser, to Melting Culture for mainland China, Catchplay for Taiwan, Hwa Yea Multimedia for Malaysia & Brunei and Horizon International for Turkey.
More Than Blue, starring Kwon Sang-woo, has been sold to a raft of Asian distributors including H.G.C. Entertainment (mainland China), Intercontinental (Hong Kong), Catchplay (Taiwan), Hwa Yea Multimedia (Malaysia & Brunei), BHD (Vietnam) and Way Rich Source Asia (Mongolia).
Catchplay bought a package of 21 titles also including upcoming Australia-set adventure thriller A Million, scheduled to be released in Korea this July. The UK’s Showbox Mediagroup also picked up hardcore thriller Missing.