EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA Entertainment has expanded its lineup of Korean films by acquiring the North American rights to titles such as Alienoid, Hansan: Dragon Rising, Gangnam Zombie, The ghost station and The murderer. While the international and independent distributor has set up theatrical releases for Alienoid and Hansenplans for the other three films have yet to be finalized.
Alienoid is the first in a series of two big-budget sci-fi films from director Choi Dong-hoon. Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Woo-bin, and Kim Tae-ri star in the pic, which is distributed in Korea by CJ ENM.
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Directed by Kim Han-min and starring Park Hae-il, Byun Yo-han and Ahn Sung-ki, Hansan: Dragon Rising follows on from 2014 The Admiral: Roaring Currents– the most-watched film in Korean cinema history – which brings the historic Battle of Hansan Island to life. Its Korean distributor is Lotte Entertainment.
In the horror movie Gangnam Zombie, by director Lee Soo-sung, upscale Gangnam in Seoul becomes the center of mass chaos overnight as citizens begin to experience strange and terrifying symptoms and transform into inhuman creatures, leaving only a few survivors with the potential to make it out alive. Park Jiyeon and Ji Il Joo star in the pic, which Contents Panda publishes in Korea.
The horror is also slated for Korean distribution via Contents Panda The ghost station, in which a young reporter covering a suspicious accident learns from the police that her source was believed to have already died at the time of their interview. As more mysterious deaths occur, she and her partner dig deeper into the case and come face to face with a horrific truth.
Directed by Kwak Jeong-duk and starring Shin Hyun-joon, The murderer is an action-packed journey about Joseon’s greatest assassin and his latest deadly mission, which is being broadcast in Korea by K-Movie Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to team up with Contents Panda (NEW), Lotte Entertainment, CJ ENM, Showbox and K-Movie Entertainment to bring this amazing programming to fans across North America,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO from the management of Well Go USA. “We’ve been a proud supporter of Korean cinema for many years now, and the recent and well-deserved explosion in the genre’s international popularity is another testament to the great entertainment value Korean filmmakers bring to viewers in the United States. and around the world.”
Well Go USA’s best-known Korean titles include fan-favorite horror and action titles like The Lamentations and The meaniethe famous Train to Busan franchise, and two of Korea’s recent Oscar nominations for Best International Film: the high-octane historical action thriller Escape from Mogadishu in 2022, and Burning– the very first Korean film to be nominated for this honor – in 2019. Previously announced additions to the company’s Korean film slate include the sci-fi action sequel The Witch 2: The Other– which hit theaters on June 17 – and the Disaster thriller making its Cannes debut Declaration of emergencywhich is scheduled for release in August, on a date that has not yet been revealed.
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