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Warriors of the Dawn, the upcoming title by Fox International Productions Korea, has presold to multiple territories, Fox announced Wednesday. The release date for the period epic in North America has also been set for June 16.
The star-studded battle film starring popular South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae (Assassination, Operation Chromite opposite Liam Neeson) has been picked up by buyers from Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan and New Zealand during the Cannes Film Market.
“We are aiming to release the film in at least 30 locations,” said a spokesperson for M-Line, which is handling international sales, about the film’s North American theatrical opening.
“Unlike most Korean period films, Warriors of the Dawn features exotic scenery shot across multiple locations, passionate performances by actors and a strong theme that has captured the hearts of global buyers,” said the spokesperson, who added that M-Line expects “additional sales that will help fuel the attention given to Korean cinema at this year’s market.”
Set during the 1592 war between medieval Korea and Japan, Warriors follows the war efforts of the Crown Prince Gwanghae when the king flees for the safety of his own life.
Warriors is the fifth and latest Korean-language movie to be produced by Fox International Productions and to be released by Fox Korea. FIP is one of the first Hollywood studios to create local productions in South Korea, where domestic fare dominates more than half of the market share. South Korea also has the highest moviegoing rate and per-capita cinema attendance rate, according to the state-backed Korean Film Council. Last year, Fox’s The Wailing made a splash at the Cannes market.
Directed by Chung Yoon-chul, Warriors will hit South Korean theaters May 31.
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