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  • Showbox Animates Sales for DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LIVING DEAD
  • by Pierce Conran /  Mar 29, 2018
  • Period Action-Comedy Franchise Title Sells in Hong Kong

    Showbox, one of Korea’s main film investors and distributors, had a fruitful few days at the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (Filmart), which took place from March 19-22 on HK Island, running alongside the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The company scored several deals on their recent Lunar New Year hit Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead.

    The third installment in a period detective action-comedy franchise led by KIM Myung-min and directed by KIM Sok-yun, the film was sold to iQiyi (China), Movie Cloud (Taiwan), Edko Films (Hong Kong and Macau), Twin (Japan), Viva Communications (the Philippines), CJ E&M HK (Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand) and Emphasis (worldwide inflight rights).

    During its holiday release in Korea in February, the film welcomed 2.44 million viewers (USD 18.39 million). It follows Detective K : Secret of Virtuous Widow (2011) and Detective K : Secret of the Lost Island (2015).

    Showbox’s lineup in HK also included a number of other titles, including JUNG Bum-shik’s horror title GONJIAM: Haunted Asylum, which previously sold to 47 territories ahead of Filmart. Also in their catalog are the upcoming con man film Money with RYU Jun-yeol and YOO Ji-tae and the 70s-set gangland tale WOO Min-ho’s The Drug King with SONG Kang-ho, BAE Doo-na and JO Jung-suk.
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