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South Korean film The Witness has sold to multiple territories, including North America, where Well Go USA is set to handle the thriller for its late-August release, its local distributor NEW announced.
The film has sold to a total of 57 territories, including South America, Spain, Japan and Singapore/Malaysia. It is slated to hit theaters across North America, Australia and New Zealand later this month, before opening in Taiwan in September. A press release by NEW stated that it has also received many inquiries about foreign-language remakes.
The thriller debuted at No. 1 in the local box office on Aug. 15, dominating 25.9 percent of the market share over the weekend of Aug. 17-19. Its cume gross comes down to $13.5 million as of Thursday, according to the Korean Film Council’s KOBIS database.
Directed by Cho Kyu-jang, The Witness explores the bystander effect, when individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when others are present: A horrific murder occurs near a large apartment complex, and an average middle-aged man (Lee Sung-min) becomes torn about having done nothing as the young victim had been left to die. Not so long after, the killer returns to eliminate potential witnesses.
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