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  • More Territories Call Out to THE WAILING
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jun 20, 2016
  • NA Hong-jin’s Cannes Horror-Thriller Sells for FINECUT
     

    After its terrific reception at the Cannes Film Festival, where it bowed Out of Competition, and strong returns at the Korean box office, NA Hong-jin’s horror-thriller THE WAILING continues to sell well for international sales agent FINECUT.

     

    Following deals hatched before and during Cannes for France (Metropolitan Filmexport), North America (Well Go USA) and China (Infotainment), the film most recently sold to JBG Pictures (New Zealand), Contact Film (Dutch-speaking Benelux), Movies Inspired (Italy), Klockworx (Japan), Viva Communications (the Philippines), Clover Films (Singapore), La Aventura (Spain), Moviecloud (Taiwan) and Fabula Films (Turkey).

     

    In Korea, the film posted surprisingly high grosses, having to date reached 6.8 million admissions (USD 47.5 million). In the US, the film has been playing well in limited release and is currently over the USD 600,000 mark, with several more play dates to come throughout the summer. The film also opened in Australia, where it grossed AUD 98,796 (USD 72,892) during its first weekend.

     

    THE WAILING focuses on a strange epidemic that causes mysterious and violent deaths that grip a village in the countryside. A policeman is helpless when his daughter falls ill, and he decides to engage the help of a shaman while also keeping an eye on a mysterious stranger.

     

    Following his acclaimed and profitable action-thrillers The Chaser (2008) and The Yellow Sea (2010), director NA this time teamed up with actors KWAK Do-won, HWANG Jung-min, CHUN Woo-hee and Japanese thespian KUNIMURA Jun. The film was fully financed and distributed in Korea by 20th Century Fox, through Fox International Productions.

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