Big openings for films Haeundae, Chaw
Disaster movie “Haeundae,” horror-action film “Chaw”
Korean movies are doing well this week at the box office, with the just-released tsunami movie Haeundae [해운대] selling more than 166,000 tickets in its first day alone, beating out Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince in the latter’s second week out. (Granted, Harry Potter is most certainly going to win in overall numbers, but it’s a strong showing for a Korean film to premiere at #1 when it’s going up against international blockbusters like Potter and Transformers 2.)
Meanwhile, another Korean action movie opened big last week, the killer-pig-on-the-loose film Chaw [차우] starring Uhm Tae-woong and Jung Yumi. Chaw opened on the same day as Harry Potter and secured a second-place box-office slot for the day. By the end of its first week, Chaw had managed to break the 1 million mark, benefiting from word-of-mouth buzz.
Haeundae is Korea’s first large-scale disaster movie, and depicts the southern city of Busan as it is hit by a tsunami. The visual effects probably don’t compare to Hollywood films of the same ilk (for instance, I just saw the trailer for 2012, and holy moly that looks incredible), but based on the reviews the film seems to be holding its own. It stars Ha Ji-won, Sol Kyung-gu, Uhm Jung-hwa, Park Joong-hoon, and Lee Min-ki.