South Korean Film 'The Con Artists' to Open in U.S., China and Other Territories

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Lotte Entertainment

Dreamwest Pictures will handle North American distribution for the crime actioner starring Asian star Kim Woo-bin

South Korean film The Con Artists will be released across North America as well as China and four other key Asian territories, its local distributor Lotte Entertainment announced Tuesday.

The film, which debuted No. 2 in the Korean box office this past weekend, hits the U.S. on Jan. 9 via Seoul-based Dreamwest Pictures, which previously released Korean blockbusters Secretly Greatly and Tazza 2: The Hidden Card Stateside.

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The crime actioner will then hit Taiwanese theaters Jan. 23. During the same month, it is also set to open across China via Shanghai New Empire Entertainment as well as Hong Kong (Deltamac), Singapore and the Philippines.

A buyer from Deltamac said: "The Con Artists is a smart crime film that has been rare to see in recent years. The lively performances by Kim Woo-bin and Lee Hyun-woo were particularly impressive." 

The Con Artists stars Kim (better known through the regionally popular Korean TV series The Heirs) as a genius safecracker, who has 40 minutes to steal slush funds hidden inside a customs building.