SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) — The distribution rights to the Cannes Midnight Screenings title “The Villainess” have been sold to 115 countries ahead of its domestic release, its local distributor said Wednesday.
Directed by Jung Byung-gil, the action flick follows a mysterious woman who has been raised as a killer and is recruited to be a secret agent. It stars Kim Ok-bin and Shin Ha-kyun, who both starred in South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2009 vampire film “Thirst.”
The film premiered in the Midnight Screenings category at the 70th Cannes Film Festival on Monday.
“The rights to ‘The Villainess’ have been sold to distributors in 115 countries around the world, including North America, South America, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Taiwan and the Philippines,” the Next Entertainment World said in a release.
Contents Panda, a local agency for the film’s overseas contracts, says that the movie is drawing keen attention from overseas buyers for having a unique female-killer character and its entertainment element as an action movie.”
The movie is set to open in local theaters June 8.