80s Teen Flick Sells to HK, Singapore, Malaysia
The new LEE Jong-suk and PARK Bo-young vehicle Hot Young Bloods, an 80s set rural high school film from Lotte Entertainment timed for the Lunar New Year holiday, has begun its move abroad after selling to a trio of Asian markets.
Late last year at the American Film Market, the film sold to Hong Kong and Lotte announced last week that the film recently sold to Singapore and Malaysia as well. HK film distributor Deltamac cited LEE Jong-suk’s rising star status as the reason behind their purchase. The outfit previously bought LEE’s vehicle No Breathing in 2013.
Set in a rural high school, Hot Young Bloods features LEE as a Casanova who spurns the advances of the school’s girl gang ringleader, played by PARK Bo-young, star of 2012’s hit teen film A Werewolf Boy. When a new girl moves to the school, he in turn finds his affections unreturned.
Hot Young Bloods opened on January 22nd in Korea and placed third last weekend with a solid 619,079 admissions, behind the sophomore frame of Disney’s Frozen and the debut of CJ Entertainment’s Miss Granny. The film was directed by LEE Yeon-woo, who last feature was the 2009’s Running Turtle, staring KIM Yun-seok.