The Demolished Man opens strong
Kim Myung-min‘s new thriller The Demolished Man released on Thursday, and has topped the Korean box office. In those two days, the film has drawn nearly 200,000 admittances, which puts sales at a brisk pace. That made it second in overall ticket sales, and the top Korean film. (Beating it out was Hollywood movie Shrek Forever.)
Demolished Man stars Kim as a minister who loses his faith in God when his young daughter is kidnapped. She is believed to be dead until the psycho abductor (played by Eom Ki-joon) contacts him eight years later, spurring Kim to extremes to recover her. The movie also stars Park Joo-mi.
Initial reviews praise Kim for his impassioned performance — not that we’re surprised, since he’s known for going to extremes in the name of building character. (By his own admission, he had some difficulty fully recovering after he so drastically lost for his last film, My Love By My Side. After immersing himself in the role for months, he dropped 20kg to play a Lou Gehrig’s disease sufferer and couldn’t quite gain it all back.) Next, he’ll take on the role of a detective in a historical mystery film.