The Roundup, starring Don Lee

Source: ABO Entertainment

The Roundup

South Korea’s K-Movie Entertainment has secured pre-sales of The Roundup: No Way Out, the third instalment in the Don Lee action film franchise.

Deals have closed for North America and Germany (Capelight Pictures), Hong Kong and Macau (Edko Films), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar (Clover Films), in-flight (Kairos), Middle East (Vox), Vietnam (Lotte Vietnam), Philippines (Viva) and Mongolia (Filmbridge).

Lee will return in the action series that began in 2017 with The Outlaws followed by The Roundup, which became South Korea’s top box office title of 2022 with more than 12.6 million admissions.

This time, the “beast cop” is part of a regional investigation unit going after a new villain with a Japanese gangster mixed into the fierce battle.

Filmmaker Lee Sang-yong returns, having been director of The Roundup and previously first AD on The Outlaws.

The upcoming film is produced by Big Punch, Hong Film and B.A. Entertainment ahead of a planned local release in Q2 2023.

It also features Lee Jun-hyuk from the Along With The Gods franchise and Aoki Munetaka from the Rurouni Kenshin franchise.

The Roundup was an absolute hit and very successful for us due to the film’s mix of visceral action, sharp humor and above all, Don Lee’s presence as both an actor and fighter,” said Drew Goldblatt, Acquisitions and North American distribution manager at Capelight Pictures.

“After The Roundup earned $1.2m at the North American box office and attracted over 12 million admissions in South Korea in 2022, we expect The Roundup: No Way Out to be one of the more successful South Korean titles of 2023. This is why we’re planning a wider release and cannot wait to continue the franchise in our territories.”