[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.05.17 ~ 2013.05.19 2013/05/20,
It was a tightly contested tango and the top this past weekend, but it was once again "Iron Man 3" that came out on top. Marvel's blockbuster took first with 696,310 (27%), which moves its total admissions count in Korea to just under 8.5M. Tony Stark's latest adventure was almost toppled though, with both Jeong Geun-seop's "Montage" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" cracking more than 500,000 admissions in their first weekend. In addition to these two new entries, Jeong Ik-hwan comedy drama "Happiness for Sale" and Ken Loach's "The Angels' Share" also made their way into Korean cinemas,...More
Acting Serves as Window to 'Normal' Life for Choi Kang-hee 2013/05/18, Source, Choi Kang-hee plays a single woman in her thirties in her new movie "Happiness for Sale", and many women who attended high school in Korea prior to 1996 will probably be able to relate to her character. In the film, Choi takes on the role of a civil servant at a district office who returns to her hometown to sell the stationery shop that her father used to run before he was incapacitated by a sudden illness. The film is full of nostalgic images, such as those of children entertaining themselves with rubber bands and marbles, as opposed to the latest smartphones, and it ends with a cathartic reconciliation between father and daughter,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Happiness for Sale" 2013/05/17,
What really makes "Happiness for Sale" stand out is the excellent camerawork and set design. From the very beginning, we're treated to a lovely artistic rendition of what the titular stationary shop looks like. But even before we get there, the camera has informed us about the bedraggled nature of Mi-Na's life nearly as much as actress Choi Kang-hee's own acting has. The sets are packed with interesting background details that go by just too fast for us to appreciate them- just as Mi-Na is too bedraggled to notice anything except what, at that particular moment, gets her the most disproportionately angry,...More
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