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AFM: South Korea’s CJ Entertainment Scores Deals on Three Titles

South Korea’s leading investor-distributor, CJ Entertainment, has scored multiple deals for “Asura: The City of Madness,” “My Annoying Brother,” and “The Housemaid” ahead of the American Film Market.

Hardboiled crime actioner “Asura” has been acquired for distribution in several territories in Asia, following earlier theatrical releases in Australia, New Zealand, and North America. Directed by Kim Sung-soo, “Asura” was sold by CJ to Splendid for German-speaking Europe, and to Medyavizyon for Turkey. Within Asia it was picked up by Deltamac for Hong Kong and Macau, Long Shong for Taiwan, M Pictures for Thailand, Viva Entertainment for The Philippines and by Bloomsbury for Mongolia. JBG Pictures picked up the film for Australia and New Zealand, where it opened on Oct. 13.

It had its premiere in the Toronto film festival and opened in North America via CJ America on Oct. 7.

The company’s upcoming  family drama “Brother,” starring top K-pop idol band EXO’s Doh Kyung-soo (a.k.a. D.O.), was licensed to Deltamac, Viva, and Bloomsbury. Cai Chang acquired “Brother” for Taiwan. CJ’s international branches will handle its theatrical releases in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and North America.

JBG Pictures, Cai Chang, Viva and Medyavizyon also acquired CJ’s co-production with Vietnam, “Housemaid,” which opened in Vietnam through VSTV in September.

At the American Film Market, CJ is unveiling crime action drama “Master,” starring some of Korea’s biggest screen stars such as Lee Byung-hun (“The Magnificent Seven”) and Gang Dong-won (“The Priests”); and action comedy “Saigon Bodyguards,” the company’s another ambitious co-production with Vietnam.

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