Korean distributors have made an active start to the Pusan market.
Hong Kong-based seller the Film Library has concluded a deal on mainland Chinese drama “Blind Mountain” (Mang Shan) with Korea’s Apex Entertainment. Apex plans to release the pic swiftly with Nov. 16 penciled in for its theatrical campaign.
U.S.-Japanese seller Eleven Arts signed a deal with Emotion Pictures for its Takayuki Nakamura-helmed documentary “Yokohama Mary.”
Film Library, which co-produced “Blind Mountain,” holds rights in most of Asia and recently licensed pic to Deltamac for Hong Kong. France’s Studio Canal is handling all other territories.
The film is helmed by Li Yang, whose debut effort “Blind Shaft,” was a smash hit on the festival circuit. Story concerns an educated urban young woman who accepts a job to help pay for her studies by selling medical supplies in the hinterland. “Mountain” screened in Edinburgh, Melbourne and Telluride festivals and will next play in competition at the Hawaii festival and appear at the AFI L.A. Film Festival.
“Mary,” which played in Toronto, follows the eccentric and varied life of Japan’s oldest prostitute, who served American troops, was the subject of photo albums and disappeared mysteriously in 1995.
“Market this year is good for meeting lots of Korean distributors, but the number of international buyers feels less than last year,” Eleven Arts prexy Ko Mori said.