Well Go USA Picks Up South Korean Thriller 'The Witness'

'The Witness' South Korea Still - Publicity - H 2018
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The film currently topping the local box office will open in select North American theaters at the end of the month.

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.