The movie, by ever-challenging Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk, will be given a day-and-date theatrical and VoD release in Summer 2014.
The film, which had its world premiere in Venice, before transitioning to Toronto features a troubled family where the wife castrates her son as payback for her husband;’s infidelity.
Seoul-based sales agent Finecut billed the film as Kim’s most troubling film in a history of challenging festival films. In the end the film proved more difficult to release in its native South Korea.
Kim was twice rebuffed by the censors who demanded more than two minutes of cuts to scenes containing graphic nudity, rape and mutilation. At one point Kim threw himself at the mercy of fellow film industry professionals, before deciding whether or not to continue fighting the Korean Media Ratings Board.
The deal was struck by Adley Gartenstein of RAM Releasing and Suh Young-joo and Luna Kim of Finecut.