CJ and Showbox ink Cannes deals

'Thirst,' 'Mother' sell, as well as disaster movie 'Haeundae'

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CANNES -- Korea's major studio groups, CJ Entertainment and Showbox, have put some life back into the country's flagging film export business with a string of Cannes sales.

On Competition title "Thirst," CJ inked with Lola Film for Spain, Paris Filmes for Brazil, Edko for Hong Kong, Avsar Film for Turkey and Discovery for the ex-Yugoslavia territories.

Un Certain Regard pic "Mother" found distribution homes with Eco Film in Portugal, Catchplay in Taiwan, Edko in Hong Kong and Discovery for the ex-Yugoslavia.

Big-budget disaster movie "Haeundae" washed up in the U.K. with Optimum, in Germany with Splendid and in Hong Kong with Edko.

Showbox presold big-budget historical martial arts title "The Sword With No Name" (aka "the Last Empress") for German-speaking Europe and Benelux to Splendid Films, for the U.K. to Showbox Media Group, for Turkey to Horizon International and for Taiwan to Catchplay. The picture from director Kim Yong-kyun,stars Cho Seung-woo and Su Aeand and will be delivered this autumn.

Crime drama "The Scam" (from Bidangil Pictures, producers of "The Chaser") was sold to Melting Culture for China, Catchplay for Taiwan, Hwa Yea Multimedia for Malaysia & Brunei and Horizon International for Turkey.

"More Than Blue" was sold across Asia, with H.G.C. Entertainment taking rights in China, Intercontinental Films taking Hong Kong and Macau, Catchplay taking Taiwan, Hwa Yea Multimedia taking Malaysia and Brunei, BHD taking Vietnam and Way Rich Source Asia taking Mongolia.

Taiwan's Catchplay bought packages of titles from both Korean groups. From Showbox it bought 21 new and library titles including the upcoming Australia-set thriller "A Million" and kidnap thriller "Missing." "Missing" also was sold to the U.K.'s showbox Media.

Throughout the market, Showbox continued to add to its slate with the addition of the summer horror genre movie "Possessed," which is set for local release in July.