Over-long self-portrait by director Kim Ki-duk is a mix of egotistical artifice and confessional honesty.
| 김복남 살인사건의 전말
Gory genre item takes too long to get to the money shots.
Serial-killer thriller with a blind heroine has effective moments but doesn't fully realise its potential.
The Day He Arrives
Playful rondo of meeting, drinking and sleeping is thin but enjoyable.
Enemy at the Dead End
| 죽이고 싶은
Clever black comedy about two hospital patients trying to kill each other pretty much goes the distance.
More of the same from Hong Sang-soo, but half a notch down from his last, Like You Know It All.
| 마당을 나온 암탉
Likeable, if very traditional, cartoon about a battery hen who flees the coop.
| 심야의 ＦＭ
Slick thriller about a female DJ vs a serial killer develops into a conventional action movie.
| 옥희의 영화
Hong Sang-soo at his most compact and charming, in a four-part tale of love and film-making.
Well-mounted but poorly constructed police drama goes completely off the rails in its second half.
Hard-driven, 24-hour thriller benefits from not taking itself too seriously.
RAM locks horns with Moebius
Kim Ki-duk drama to get North American release
Finecut takes Sea Fog and Obsessed for AFM
Next Entertainment World titles complete lineup
Korean cinema, Chinese characteristics
Is the future of South Korean cinema in China?
Ever-controversial Kim to feel more pain
Moebius effectively banned in South Korea, but is sales hit abroad
New World sold for US remake
Noir thriller acquired by Sony
Finecut enters FilMart with Miracle sales
Box office hits translate into multi-territory deals
Haewon opens EFM sales for Finecut
Pieta still selling strongly
Asian distributors pre-buy Berlin titles
Midnight, Inch' Allah, Elephants, Parkland acquired
Pietà continues sales success
Awards, Oscar selection boost Kim drama
Pietà enjoys strong sales haul
South Korean drama heads to Toronto after Venice success
Karakara goes to Bitters End
Okinawa road movie locks local distributors
Finecut blesses The Profane
Indian horror to shoot in 2013
Unspoiled Brats and Fresh Wave define Udine
To, Pang and Zhang return for 14th edition of Italian festival
Terracotta does things own Way
London Asian festival unveils lineup, acquires rights
Post Card delivered by Stone
Asian Film Awards nominee finds distribution
Finecut tends to Love 911
Sales co to pre-sell romantic comedy
Buff fit for Hong Kong opener
Festival proclaims diversity, depth of retrospective work
Finecut unveils Another film by Hong
Drama stars France's Huppert
Miike, Nugruho to colour Rotterdam Spectrum
World premieres for Asian trio in huge section
Leafie scores English-lang deal
Korean animation sells for Myung
Finecut adds AFM deals
Blind, Leafie, Goddess, Family sell multiple territories
Athena, Leafie find further buyers
Finecut scores in Rome, launches in AFM
Busan West reveals selection
Old and new travel to Orange County
Grand Bell out in Front
Korean awards show splits prizes
Finecut signs deals in Busan, MIPCOM
Poongsan, Leafie among licence deals
Separation, Anatolia top APSA nominations list
Bullets and Wedding Planners also shortlisted for best film
Local heroes heed the call
An interesting final quarter awaits the South Korean industry
Sorcerer casts spell on audiences
Mural is respectable runner-up in China
Filmex pays tribute to Somai
Competition highlights films from China and South Korea
Finecut strikes pre-Toronto deals
Brisk sales for Hong, Kim and Park pictures
Always and Mother bookend Busan
Boxing romance to open South Korean festival
London festival finds plenty to admire
New season contenders side by side with 2011 favourites
Finecut blessed by Amen
Kim feature to premiere in San Sebastian
Arirang, Arrives bow at CinDi
Seoul digital festival enters fifth year
Toronto high-fives high-concept trio
World premieres of genre films by Ratanaruang, Evans and Ishii
HK sets tone for Summer
Supplementary festival opens with Apple
PiFan lineup announced
Korean fantasy festival opens with Bollywood documentary
Finecut flags new slate
Korean seller expands slate, extends sales
Cannes announces minor-key Asian line-up
Official Selection includes two Japanese, three Korean titles
Love in Space blasts off
Fox-backed sequel starts shooting in HK
Leafie falls to Dadi in China
Korean animated feature targets day-and-date release
Eye open to Lee's Poetry
State organisation to release Korean film
Toronto adds Asian dozen
Further top titles added to World Cinema section
Finecut shoots for 71: Into the Fire
Korean war drama to launch sales in Berlin
Finecut signs multiple Cannes deals
By Patrick Frater
Thu, 19 May 2011, 15:12 PM (HKT)
Japanese distributors were out in force buying a pocketful of rights to Korean films represented by sales agent Finecut Co Ltd 화인컷.
Bitters End Inc ビターズ・エンド acquired Japan rights to The Day He Arrives 북촌방향 (2011)(pictured), the new film by HONG Sang-soo 홍상수 | 洪常秀 which plays in the Cannes Film Festival' Un Certain Regard section. The company also bought a trio of previous Hong films: Hahaha 하하하 (2010), Oki's Movie 옥희의 영화 (2010) and Like You Know It All 잘 알지도 못하면서 (2009).
King Records Ltd キングレコード, which previously released Finecut's Bedevilled 김복남 살인사건의 전말 (2009) and Chaw 차우 (2009), acquired Finecut's mystery thriller Midnight F.M. 심야의 ＦＭ (2010), starring SU Ae 수애 and YOO Ji-tae 유지태 | 劉智泰.
Troubleshooter 해결사 (2010), Bedevilled, Enemy at the Dead End 죽이고 싶은 (2010), The Outlaw 무법자 (2010) and celebrated short film Night Fishing 파란만장 (2011) were sold to Sundream Motion Pictures Ltd 驕陽電影有限公司 in Hong Kong. Night Fishing, which was shot using iPhones, was also licensed to Magnolia Pictures for North America.
Animation Leafie 마당을 나온 암탉 (2011) was sold to TDH Home Entertainment for the Middle East.