Hot sellers include Hope and The Terror, Live.
South Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has announced a slew of sales on The Terror, Live and Hope from Busan’s Asian Film Market.
Political disaster thriller The Terror, Live sold to Twin for Japan, Orange Sky Golden Harvest (OSGH) for Taiwan and Edko for Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam (TV rights).
Starring Ha Jung-woo, the film clocked up $37.2m with 5.57 million admissions at the local summer box office according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), after closing the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in July. It also opened in about 20 North American cities directly afterwards to what Lotte calls “good results” and the company expects more deals for Europe.
Dealing with child sexual abuse, Hope sold almost immediately after its Busan market screening to At Entertainment for Japan and Edko for Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam (TV rights).
The film opened locally Oct 1 and is looking at a long run as word-of-mouth builds and its admissions are set to hit 2 million this week.
At Entertainment stated, “Although we could tell the film would be very tough, it blew all of those worries away once we saw it. We think this brilliant film will touch the audience’s heart in our country as well. We are proud to release this film and will do our best to spread it out all over Japan.”
At the upcoming American Film Market, Lotte will be selling Friend: The Great Legacy - a sequel to Friend, the hit 2001 gangster film directed by Kwak Kyung-taek (aka KT Kwak). The company will also be selling new romantic comedies Queen of the Night and Steal My Heart.