Korean films are making inroads in Europe and continuing to sell to Japan.
Horror pic “Phone” has rung up sales to Italy’s Eagle Pictures and to Germany’s Laser Paradise, fielded by South Korea’s Mirovision. Laser Paradise also bought a nine-title package from Mirovision including “My Sassy Girl” and “Tell Me Something.”
A hit in South Korea and Japan (released in both markets by Disney’s BVI), “Phone” was sold before Cannes to major markets including France, the U.K. and Scandinavia.
Mirovision prexy Jason Chae says “Phone” is the first Korean pic acquired by Eagle.
In Cannes, Shochiku nabbed Nippon rights to “Tube,” a terrorist saga set in a Seoul subway.
Helmed by Baek Woon-hak, pic bows in South Korea on June 5 on more than 200 screens. It’s being repped by Tube Entertainment, which has sold the film to numerous territories. Tube’s Jane Kim says the firm expects to have racked up $2.5 million in deals for “Tube” by the end of the market here.
Bavaria Film Intl. pre-sold director Kim Ki-Duk’s “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring” to A-Film for the Benelux territories.