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Busan: Kadokawa to Distribute ‘Butterfly Sleep’ in Japan (EXCLUSIVE)

Kadokawa Corp. has picked up Japanese rights to “Butterfly Sleep,” the Korean melodrama that screen this week in Busan’s Gala Presentation section. The Japanese giant will give the film a platform release next year.

“The film will premiere in Japan on May 12, 2018. Since, however, even better theaters will be available from the week after, the official release date in Japan will be May 19,” Lee Eun-kyoung, the film’s producer told Variety. The tactic will also allow the film to hit theaters at the same time as in Korea.

“If the film opens in Korea before it does in Japan, the piracy issue will certainly rise, which will affect its Japanese release. [If a simultaneous release does not work] we might have to release the film in Japan first,” said Lee.

While international sales are being handled by South Korea’s M-Line Distribution, a theatrical distributor for Korea has yet to be decided. “Because Korean subtitles [for the Japanese dialogue in the film] were not ready, we haven’t shown the film to any potential distributor in Korea until its first official BIFF screening,” said Lee. “Now we are looking for a distributor that can manage to draw around 300,000 admissions.”

Starring Japan’s Nakayama Miho (“Love Letter”) and Korea’s Kim Jae-uck (“Antique”), the story revolves around a Japanese novelist who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and her romantic relationship with a Korean man.

Kadokawa previously handled Japanese distribution of Korea-Japan film “Virgin Snow,” which it co-produced with CJ Entertainment in 2007, and Lee Byung-hun-starring spy drama “Iris the Movie,” in 2011.

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