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News bites: August 20, 2016
by | August 20, 2016 | 51 Comments
Jang Dong-gun, Park Hee-soon, Lee Jong-seok I’m excited for this: Jang Dong-gun, Lee Jong-seok and Park Hee-soon are all confirmed for VIP, the latest film from Park Hoon-jung (The Tiger, New World). Lee will indeed play the villain, a son of a high-ranking North Korean official with a penchant for killing. [Asia Economy, Sports Chosun]... More »

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Chungmuro puts in solid showing at 69th Cannes Film Festival
by | May 15, 2016 | 55 Comments
The Cannes Film Festival has historically been friendly to Korea’s film industry, aka Chungmuro, and this year looks to continue the trend. All three of Chungmuro’s entries at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, currently underway, are meeting with strong reception and garnering positive word of mouth. First to premiere was director Yeon Sang-ho’s zombie action... More »

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A Hard Day racks up ticket sales, Lee Seon-kyun reflects on its success
by | June 22, 2014 | 40 Comments
A Hard Day (previous working title: To the Grave), the action thriller starring Lee Seon-kyun, has held its own against an onslaught of Hollywood blockbusters, selling over two million tickets in the first three weeks of its release. We’ve highlighted the movie before, but in a brief review: Lee Seon-kyun is the investigator Go Geon-soo,... More »

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Indie film Han Gong-ju boosted by favorable word of mouth
by | April 24, 2014 | 29 Comments
After garnering praise at last year’s Busan International Film Festival, Han Gong-ju debuted on big screens last week to positive reviews from the press and initial audiences. Given the favorable response after its film festival showings, the movie was released on April 17th at 181 theaters — pretty unheard of for a smaller, indie film.... More »

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Hide and Seek leads the thriller-packed box office
by | August 19, 2013 | 29 Comments
We’ve got a couple of movies burning up the box office these days, and taking a look at the top of the charts would indicate we’re in thriller season. The big names of recent weeks have been Ha Jung-woo’s The Terror Live, Jang Hyuk and Su Ae’s contagion thriller The Flu, and the most recent... More »

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Gift of Room 7 joins 10 million ticket club
by | February 25, 2013 | 31 Comments
The Korean domestic box office has been booming lately, that’s for sure. And now we have another addition to the top ten all-time box office record-holders: heartwarming jailbird daddy-daughter comedy The Gift of Room 7 has surpassed the 10-million ticket mark and edged its way past D-war and Speed Scandal for eighth place. Is anyone... More »

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P.S Partner, Wolf Boy hit box office milestones
by | December 16, 2012 | 74 Comments
It’s been a strong weekend for movies, near the end of what’s been a strong year all around (with its record-breakers and new entries into the top 10 list). As this weekend comes to a close, two films have hit significant milestones, the first being romantic comedy My P.S. Partner (P.S. = phone sex), which... More »

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Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King climbs box office charts
by | October 29, 2012 | 40 Comments
It’s just a good year for movies, apparently. We’ve got another chart-climber on our hands: prince-and-pauper historical drama Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King (also going by Masquerade) is nearing the 11-million ticket mark in its seven-week run. Between this, The Thieves, and Gone With the Wind, 2012 is definitely the year of the domestic... More »

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The Thieves tops all-time domestic box office
by | October 3, 2012 | 51 Comments
I didn’t know if it would happen despite an explosive start, but on October 2, caper film The Thieves finally broke out into the front of the pack, topping the all-time Korean domestic box office chart at number one. The Host has held the top spot since 2006, with a grand total of 13,019,740 tickets... More »

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The Traffickers sells organs, movie tickets
by | September 2, 2012 | 30 Comments
Out go the capers, in come the thrillers. This weekend at the box office was dominated by dark thrillers, with Daniel Choi and Lim Chang-jung’s new organ-harvesting crime film The Traffickers taking top honors in its opening week, in what looks like a pretty suspenseful ride. (Box office No. 2 went to My Neighbor, a... More »