Korean sales company Showbox has announced a slew of deals on action drama A Company Man at Busan’s Asian Film Market
Starring pan-Asian heartthrob So Ji-sub (Always), the film is about a man working for a contract killing company who tries to leave it for the woman he loves, but ends up hunted by his former colleagues.
Showbox has sold the film to Pony Canyon for Japan, New View for China, Synergy Cinema for French-speaking Europe, Splendid for German-speaking territories, STG for Thailand and Ram Indo for Indonesia. All in all, the deals cover 16 countries.
Soojin Jung, Showbox’s vice president of International Business, said: “The film’s running time is short, and the action scenes are decisively straight action, while the dramatic scenes are decisively straight drama. In Asia, the star actor So Ji-sub works. For a Korean film, the concept of a gun-wielding contract killing company is unique. And the action is good. So that’s why it seems A Company Man could work for both Asia and Europe.”
Showbox held private screenings of the film in Busan. It is set for local release Oct 11 and will have market screenings at the upcoming American Film Market (AFM).
Jung adds that Showbox expects interest in remake rights at AFM. Choi Dong-hoon’s The Thieves, which recently became Korea’s top local film hit with over 13.02 million admissions, is also looking at a pending remake deal.