The Night Owl’ Got Chinese Remake: The Korean historical thriller “The Night Owl” has been licensed for a remake in China, in a deal reported to be the highest price ever paid for the rights to remake a Korean film in the country. “The Night Owl,” directed by Ahn Tae-jin and released in November 2022, is set in the 14th century and tells the story of a blind acupuncturist who, mysteriously able to see at night, becomes an eyewitness to the death of the crown prince. The film starred Ryu Jun-yeol and Yoo Hae-jin and was well-received, earning approximately $26 million during its theatrical run that extended into January 2023. The production of “The Night Owl” was handled by C-JeS Entertainment, known for other successful films like “Emergency Declaration.” The remake rights were sold by Next Entertainment World (NEW) through its subsidiary Contents Panda.

About of “The Night Owl” (2022 Film)

“The Night Owl” is a 2022 South Korean period thriller drama film directed by Ahn Tae-jin, produced by C-JeS Entertainment and Cinema DahmDahm, with Next Entertainment World handling distribution with the cast of Ryu Jun-yeol and Yoo Hae-jin. The film, set during the Joseon period, is based on the mystery surrounding the death of Crown Prince Sohyeon, who returned from captivity in the Qing Dynasty during the reign of King Injo. Released on November 23, 2022,

Plot Summary “The Night Owl” (2022 Film)

The story is based on Kyung-soo, a blind acupuncturist with exceptional skills, who is invited to the palace by Lee Hyung-ik due to his talent. Concurrently, Crown Prince Sohyeon, having been held hostage by the Qing Dynasty for eight years, returns to Korea. While King Injo is initially pleased to see his son, he is soon plagued by anxiety. One night, Kyung-soo, who possesses the unique ability to see faintly in the dark, witnesses the death of Crown Prince Sohyeon. As Kyung-soo try to uncover and reveal the truth behind the prince’s death, he finds himself trapped in a web of larger conspiracies. His life is threatened as Injo’s anxiety spirals into madness, endangering anyone who knows the truth about the crown prince’s demise.

What is the timeline of the The Night Owl?

The film is set in the Joseon period and revolves around historical events during the reign of King Injo, particularly the return of Crown Prince Sohyeon from the Qing Dynasty.

Who directed and produced The Night Owl?

The film is directed by Ahn Tae-jin and produced by C-JeS Entertainment and Cinema DahmDahm. It was distributed by Next Entertainment World.

When was “The Night Owl” released?

“The Night Owl” was released on November 23, 2022.

How was The Night Owl received commercially?

“The Night Owl” was successful at the box office, earning approximately $26.6 million against a budget of ₩9 billion.

What recent development has been announced about The Night Owl?

“The Night Owl” has been licensed for a remake in China. This deal was announced by South Korean film studio Next Entertainment World (NEW) and is claimed to be the highest price ever paid for rights to remake a Korean intellectual property in China.

Who are the main cast in The Night Owl?

Kyung-soo: A blind acupuncturist with exceptional skills, played by Ryu Jun-yeol.
Crown Prince Sohyeon: The prince who returns from captivity and whose death becomes the central mystery, played by an actor in a supporting role.
King Injo: The ruler of Joseon, who is tormented by anxiety after his son’s return, played by Yoo Hae-jin.
Lee Hyung-ik: A palace official who recognizes Kyung-soo’s talents and brings him into the palace.

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