Slew of Overseas Distribution Deals for Korean Films

'71-Into the Fire,' 'I Saw the Devil' lead the charge into the U.S., Australia.

SEOUL -- Korean war movie 71-Into the Fire closed additional deals for U.S. and Australia through its U.K. distributor Showbox Media Group, a Seoul-based sales company Finecut said. Atlantic bought for Scandinavian rights and Hwa Yea Multimedia bought for Malaysia.

Kim Jee-woon’s gore-thriller I Saw the Devil added an Australian/New Zealand deal with E-One entertainment and Thailand with STG. The film is being released in U.S. this week by Magnolia Pictures.

Cyrano Agency, one of the year’s most popular romantic comedies, was sold to Japan’s Fine Films and Thailand’s STG in addition to its deal for Singapore (Clover Films) and Taiwan (Catchplay).

Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry was sold to Metropole for Canada and Tucker Film for Italy while Bedeviled went to Mongrel Media for Canada and J-Bics for Thailand. Bedeviled recently received the Great Prize at the Gérardmer Fantasy Film Festival in France.

Separately Detective K, another film by Show Box, will be released in the United States and Canada this month. A film by Kim Seok-yoon, the film was released locally on Jan. 27, and attracted 4.58 million admissions.