After graduating from the prestigious Korean Academy of Film Arts, CHOI Dong-hoon makes his feature film debut with "The Big Swindle." He worked as first assistant director for Director IM Sang-soo's acclaimed film "Tears," and has earned the reputation as an innovative and excellent screenwriting filmmaker. Producer CHA Seung-jae praised him as a "genius storyteller" for his spectacular ability to develop elaborate stories.
'Masquerade', 7th film to reach 10 million viewers 2012/10/22, Source, Poster for "Masquerade"
By Rachel Lee The film "Masquerade" has surpassed the 10 million-milestone attendance, the film's distributor said Saturday. According to the Korean Film Council, the movie has drawn 10,041,566 viewers as of Sunday, becoming the 7th Korean film to reach the barometer of what defines a blockbuster here. It is also the second to reach the mark in 2012 after "The Thieves", which set the all-time attendance record earlier this month. The heist film directed by Choi Dong-hoon has attracted about 13.02 million people, beating out "The Host" (2006) that drew 13.01 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] September and the Aftermath of the Summer Hits
2012/10/06, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.09)
It took ten long weeks at the weekend box office to see off Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves", a monumental run that earned the film a recording-breaking 13 million admissions during that time. August was indeed the month its sales caught fire, and the month of September was just a glory lap as it gracefully bows out of the limelight and into the history books.
In addition to the re-writing of the history books, September showed a wavering level of enthusiasm for some of this month's foreign inclusions. Although, "The Bourne Legacy" was able to enter the second weekend on top, snatching 29.3% of the ticket sales in the process. This was the first time a foreign film had held the weekend number one since "The Dark Knight Rises" some seven weeks earlier. In fact, the shelf life for foreign films was on average 2~3 weeks in the top ten,...More
"The Thieves" becomes most-watched Korean film 2012/10/03, Source,
It's official. As expected, "The Thieves" has become the most-watched Korean film with a whopping 13 million plus viewers having watched the flick in the last 70-odd days.
Show Box, the film's distributor announced on Oct. 2 that the film chalked up 13, 020, 393 views as of the 2nd, and usurped the place of "The Host" which was released in 2006 and amassed 13,029,740 views in 106 days. The current-hit movie starring Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Jeon Ji-hyeon and Kim Hye-soo was No. 2 as at Sept. 3. Having garnered 12.31 million views at the time,...More
In-depth Coverage on Korean Film Industry 2012/10/02, Source,
The spotlight of Asia's largest film festival will shine down on Busan Thursday for the start of the 10-day Busan International Film Festival. This year's event will focus on Asia with the aim of offering a window into the region's cinema landscape. Korea's film industry has been booming. Box office hit "The Thieves" recently broke box office records to become the most-watched Korean film to date with more than 13 million tickets so far. And Kim Ki-duk's critically-acclaimed "Pieta" recently won the Golden Lion award for best film at the 69th Venice Film Festival. But what are the challenges ahead for Korea's film industry[Reporter : ] On the surface, the industry's performance has been impressive, however, it faces a string of other challenges if it hopes to continue being competitive in the future,...More
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