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M-Line Showcases Diverse Slate in Berlin
Feb 13, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
MISSING Finds Buyers at EFM
M-Line Distribution is having a busy European Film Market, with several reported sales for its titles coming out of Berlin.
Director E.oni’s kidnap thriller MISSING, starring KONG Hyo-jin (Crush And Blush, 2008) and UHM JI-won (The Silenced, 2015), was snatched up by Klockworx for Japan, MATV for several Asian markets, including Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, M-Line also singed in-flight rights deals with GEE and Emphasis.
Upcoming action-comedy Part-Time Spy, which features KANG Ye-won (INSANE, 2016) as an undercover agent at a voice phishing scam center and will hit Korean screens in March, will also be receiving simultaneous releases in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei courtesy of Encore, as well as in Vietnam through Kim Quy Media. In addition, Long Shong picked up the film for Taiwan.
The gritty youth thriller Derailed, which debuted at the Busan International Film Festival last October, was sold to Lemontree for China, Deltamac for Hong Kong, AV-Jet for Taiwan and MAXAM for Japan. Min-ho of K-pop band SHINee stars alongside TRAIN TO BUSAN’s Don LEE.
M-Line is also presenting several new titles in its lineup in Berlin. These include the drama A Single Rider from debut director LEE Joo-young. The second Korean production by Warner Bros., the film stars LEE Byung-hun and KONG Hyo-jin. The Tooth and the Nail, from directors JUNG Sik (Epitaph, 2007) and KIM Hwi (The Neighbors, 2012), is an adaptation of the Bill S. Ballinger novel of same name. Set in the Japanese Occupation Era, the film stars KO Soo (The Front Line, 2011) and KIM Joo-hyuk (Yourself and Yours, 2016) and will be released theatrically in the spring. LEE An-gyu’s debut crime drama A Special Lady stars KIM Hye-soo (Coin Locker Girl, 2015) as a crime boss whose position is jeopardized when her enemies learn of the existence of her secret son.
Also among M-Line’s lineup are the Busan International Film Festival indies Coffee Mate, from director YI Hyun-ha, CHO Hyunhoon’s Jane, KIM Jong-kwan’s The Table, AHN Sun-kyoung’s Hyeon’s Quartet and SON Tae-gyum’s Baby Beside Me, as well as JUNG Yoon-suk’s new documentary Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno, which recently debuted at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.