CJ Entertainment inks film deals

Park Chan-wook's 'Thirst' among pickups

Korea's CJ Entertainment said Sunday that it had presold its two biggest tentpoles for 2009, with Park Chan-wook's "Thirst" preselling to Palisades Tartan for the U.K. and Bong Joon-ho's "Mother" going to Diaphana for France.

CJ also sold a three-title package to Thailand's Rose Media for "Hello, School Girl," "Lost and Found" and "A Portrait of Beauty." Taiwan's Catchplay has acquired "Wide Awake," "Black Cows" and three of the "4 Horror Tales" omnibus. Horizon took "Public Enemy Returns" for Turkey.

"The sale of these titles is good news not only for us but for Asia in general showing the market is still there," CJ's Kini S. Kim said.

CJ's hot Cannes title "The Good, the Bad, the Weird," meanwhile, is getting ready to roll out across European territories and in the U.S. early next year.
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