Berlin: Chloe Grace Moretz’s ‘Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs’ Animation Sells Widely

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Big-budget Korean-made animation “Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” has been set up for a wide international release through a slew of local distributors. The film, a modern English-language retelling of “Snow White,” features the voices of Chloe Grace M…

Cannes Film Market: Korea’s Ma Dong-seok Flexes Muscles in ‘Champion’

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Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market. The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next […]

AFM: Lee Chang-dong’s Haruki Murakami Adaptation ‘Burning’ set at Finecut

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International sales rights to “Burning,” the new film by leading Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong, have been picked up by Finecut. The picture is an adaptation of “Barn Burning,” a short story by Japan’s Haruki Murakami (“Norwegian Wood”) that first appeared in The New Yorker. The story involves the encounter of two young men and a […]

Busan: Hong Sang-soo Film Trio Set for U.S. Release

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Specialty distributor, The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. rights to a trio of films by South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo. It acquired “The Day After,” “Claire’s Camera,” and “On the Beach at Night Alone,” which were represented by Finecut at Busan’s Asian Film Market. Cinema Guild aims to release them theatrically in 2018, most likely […]

Busan Market Holds Firm, Expands Production Support Functions

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Busan’s Asian Film Market, which opened for business yesterday, continued its transformation from film rights market to generalized — and sub-regional— commerce platform. It now also contains pitching, project funding, locations expo and virtual reality elements. Held, once again, within the cavernous halls of Bexco’s #2 exhibition hall, the market does not lack for space. […]

Finecut Inks Sales Deals for Warner’s Korean ‘V.I.P.’

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Currently riding high as the top film at the Korean box office, Warner Bros.’ third Korean-language production, “V.I.P.” is to get wider distribution. Sales agent Finecut has scored a series of sales deals in Asia. The film had been picked up by Klockworx for Japan, Neofilm for Hong Kong and Macau, Moviecloud for Taiwan, Viva… Read more »

FilMart: Finecut Signs Sales Pact With Oh Jung-wan’s Bom Film

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Finecut has struck a deal to handle international sales of film titles flowing from leading Korean indie producer Bom Film Productions. Set up in 1999 by producer Oh Jung-wan, one of the country’s first generation producers, Bom is best known for producing early films of Kim Jee-woon, Park Chan-wook, E J-yong and Hong Sang-soo. All now… Read more »

Finecut Picks Up Warner Bros.’ Korean Thriller ‘V.I.P.’

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Leading South Korean sales company, Finecut has picked up Warner Bros.’ latest Korean-language movie production, “V.I.P.” Directed by Park Hoon-jung (“New World”), the crime thriller stars Jang Dong-gun (“My Way”,) Kim Myung-min (“Deranged”,) Park Hee-soon (“The Suspect”,) and Lee Jong-suk (“The Face Reader”.) “V.I.P.” is the story of a national intelligence agent, a detective, and… Read more »

Berlin: Finecut Adds ‘Glass Garden,’ ‘True Fiction’

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Finecut, Korea’s leading indie sales firm, is giving market premieres in Berlin’s European Film Market to two titles with strong festival potential for later this year. The company is launching “Glass Garden” a mystery fantasy directed by Shin Su-won. She previously gained festival credibility with Pluto” which appeared in Berlin’s Generation 14 Plus section in… Read more »

AFM: Festival Hits ‘Shadows,’ ‘Wailing,’ ‘Yourself’ Sell Well for Finecut

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Japanese distributor Aya Pro and British distributor Soda Pictures have acquired rights to “The Age of Shadows,” South Korea’s Warner Bros.-backed foreign-language Oscar contender. In deals with sales agency Finecut, the film has also recently been picked up by California Filmes for Latin America, CJ E& M for Singapore and M Pictures for Thailand. The theatrical… Read more »

AFM: Finecut Seeking Pre-Sales for Mystery Picture Pair

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Leading Korean indie sales firm, Finecut is launching pre-sales at the American Film Market on two currently in-production mystery movies. Mystery drama, “A Day” sees a father desperately trying to save his daughter and cracking the secret of a day that is going around in an endless loop. A debut feature for director Cho Sun-ho,… Read more »

‘Seoul Station’ Follows Hit ‘Train to Busan’ With Sales Success

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“Seoul Station,” the animated companion piece to zombie horror hit “Train to Busan,” is to get wider international distribution following a raft of sales inked at the Asian Film Market in Busan. France’s ARP, Italy’s Tucker Film and Contracorriente Films, buying for Spain and Andorra, have each acquired territory rights to the film from Korea’s… Read more »