EXCLUSIVE: O Muel’s Sundance winner heading to Japan.


South Korean sales agent Indiestory has sold O Muel’s Sundance winner Jiseul to Sumomo for Japan. The company announced the sales to ScreenDaily exclusively at Busan’s Asian Film Market.

Jiseul has come full circle after receiving its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2012.

The low-budget film about the infamous 1948 Jeju Massacre on Korea’s southernmost island went on to snap up four awards including the NETPAC and CGV Movie Collage awards. The latter gave it local distribution support and the film eventually clocked up 143,765 admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year and has been doing the festival rounds including Rotterdam and Edinburgh.

Distributor Sumomo is the former Cinequanon president Bong-woo Lee’s new company. It plans to release Jiseul in spring 2014 in Japan.