The rights to the Korean historical film "The Battleship Island" (군함도) have been sold to 113 countries around the world before the movie is released in its home country, its local distributor said Thursday.
Among the 113 countries are the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Japan and Vietnam, CJ E&M said.
Based on the hidden history of Japan's Hishima Island where many Koreans were forced to work and died during World War II, the action flick tells the story of the Korean laborers who risk their lives to escape the island. Korea was a colony of Japan from 1910 to 1945. The island, better known as "Battleship Island" for its shape resembling a warship, was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2015.
"The collaboration between Ryoo and top-tier actors, as well as the massive escape story, seem to have appealed to foreign buyers," said Choi Yoon-hee, head of CJ Entertainment's overseas distribution team. "Although we can't reveal the amount, most of the Asian buyers have paid the highest prices ever for a Korean movie."