Deals heat up on Filmart Day 3

'Snow' leads pack of titles sold across multiple territories

A flurry of dealmaking marked the third day of the Hong Kong Filmart on Thursday.

Japanese movie studio Toei Co. sold the German rights to two movies to Rapid Eye. Though specific figures were not given, Tadayuki Okubo, manager of international sales and purchasing at Toei, said that Sion Sono's horror film "Exte — Hair Extensions" went for five figures, while the sale price for "Yoyo Girl Cop" hit six figures.

Okubo also said that a deal for "Memories of Tomorrow" was almost completed and that talks with Korean buyers were progressing.

South Korea's Lotte Entertainment sold three of its films to Thailand and Malaysia. "My Father" went to J-Bics of Thailand and Hwayea Multimedia of Malaysia and "Old Miss Diary" went to Box Office Thailand. The forthcoming Song Kang-ho title "The Show Must Go On" also went to J-Bics. All of the deals were in the five-figure range, Lotte said.

IHQ, also from Korea, sold the fantasy epic "Shadowless Sword" around the world, with International Data Group Poland S.A. buying rights for Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Ukraine and Romania, and Viswass Films Ltd. buying rights to Malaysia and Singapore.

CJ Entertainment's "Virgin Snow," featuring up-and-coming star Lee Joon-gi, was one of the hottest titles at the market, selling to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

South Korea's CJ had a large list of international sales. Borsalino bought the Latin America rights for "The Week," "The Art of Fighting" and "Face," while Trade Media bought French rights to "The Restless."

In Asia, CJ saw Taiwan's Eagle Pictures buy a six-picture package of catalog titles, Box Office Thailand bought "Virgin Snow" and "Smalltown Rivals," Malaysia's Hwayea Multimedia bought "Virgin Snow" and "My Tutor Friend 2," and the Vietnam Media Corp. (VMC) also bought "Virgin Snow."

VMC also bought "Betty the Ugly" from Colombia's RCN, the Vietnamese version of the often-remade series will be 169 episodes long and begins broadcasting in June.

In addition to buying, VMC sold a six-film package to Malaysia's Astro that included new titles "Saigon Eclipse" and "Through the Night." Indonesia's Jak TV bought two series: "39 Degrees of Love" and "Valley of Love."
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