Warner Bros.' Korean Thriller 'V.I.P' Sells Across Asia

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'V.I.P.'

The crime drama, about a South Korean police detective and a North Korean officer both chasing the same North Korean defector, topped the South Korean charts in its opening weekend.

V.I.P., the latest title by Warner Bros. Local Productions Korea, sold to multiple Asian territories, Seoul-based sales company Finecut announced on Thursday.

The crime thriller has been picked up by The Klockworx for Japan; Neofilm for Hong Kong and Macau; Moviecloud for Taiwan; Viva Communications for the Philippines; and CJ E&M Hong Kong for Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Thailand.

At home,V.I.P. had an impressive opening score. It topped the South Korean box office over the weekend of Aug. 25-27, earning a cume $9 million as of Thursday. The film scored over 1 million admissions in just eight days. South Korean industry observers primarily measure a film's box-office performance by admissions.

Starring A-listers Jang Dong-gun (My Way), Kim Myung-min (A Day), Park Heui-soon (The Age of Shadows), and Lee Jong-suk (The Face Reader), the crime drama is about a South Korean intelligence agent, police detective and a North Korean officer colliding in their efforts to capture a North Korean defector, the son of a key political figure who turns out to be a prime suspect of a serial murder case.

V.I.P.is helmed by one of the South Korea's most sought-out directors, Park Hoon-jung, who enjoyed both critical and popular acclaim for the noir New World. He previously penned the scripts for successful titles The Unjust and I Saw the Devil.

The film is presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, produced by Gold Moon Film and co-produced by peppermint&company, Inc.

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