[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.17 - 2017.03.19 2017/03/20,
A trio of foreign beasts capture the podium...
A new beast arrived in Korea last Thursday and dislodged "Kong" at the top of the chart. With 66.86% of the box office pie, Bill Condon's musical drama "Beauty and the Beast" (Emma Watson, Dan Stevens) dominated proceedings by capturing 1.4 million admissions ($10.5 million). The film, a remake of Disney's 1991 live-action classic, after having also been recently released in America, has already banked $350 million worldwide (the film was produced for an estimated $160 million),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.10 ~ 2017.03.12 2017/03/13,
"Kong" and "Logan" battle it out at the top...
Jordan Vogt-Roberts's reboot of the iconic King Kong character in "Kong: Skull Island" (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John Goodman) arrived last Wednesday and climbed to the top of the chart with 49.14% of the box office pie. (Interestingly, one of the films that Vogt-Roberts said influenced him was Bong Joon-ho's "The Host".) From 984 screens, "Kong" attracted 823,219 admissions ($6.1 million) during its first weekend out in Korea. Worldwide, "King" has already recouped an estimated $142.6 million of the $185 million it took to produce; the film was released in the US last Friday,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.03 - 2017.03.05 2017/03/06,
New arrivals "Logan" and "Bluebeard" capture 64% of the sales...
The tenth instalment in the "X-Men" film series, James Mangold's "Logan" (Hugh Jackman), dislodged last weekend's number one, Split, by capturing 632,997 admissions (38.55%). Marvel's latest had its premiere back in February at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently arrived in Korea to 954 screens around the country. Critics have praised the film for its acting and general handling of perhaps the series's most beloved superhero, Wolverine, and it's already surpassed its production costs of $97 million; currently, the film has grossed $104.7 million worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.02.24 ~ 2017.02.26 2017/02/27,
M. Night Shyamalan's Split breaks local films' reign...
For the first time this year since "Your Name", a foreign film has stepped up and claimed pole position in Korea's box office. Local delights have been dominating since mid-January ("Confidential Assignment", "The King", and "Fabricated City"), but M. Night Shyamalan's new film, Split (starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley), arrived last Wednesday and came out on top during its first weekend out,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "New Trial" 2017/02/25,
Back in the year 2000, Hyeon-woo (played by Kang Ha-neul) was once a normal idiot kid who rode his motorcycle in an unsafe fashion. One accident later, Hyeon-woo is called to account for evidence found during a questionable search. In the modern day, Joon-yeong (played by Jung Woo) is an attorney who has the bad habit of making enemies pretty much everywhere he goes. Joon-yeong gets the chance to be constructive when he's handed Hyeon-woo's case,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Cruel Attendance" + DVD Giveaway 2017/01/07,
Dong-cheol (played by Kim Soo-ro) and Man-ho (played by Lee Sun-kyun) are a couple of regular blokes resorting to increasingly desperate measures to try and pay off the interest to White Head (played by Kim Byeong-ok), a sinister loan shark who demands payment be exactly on time. Eventually, in their desperation, Dong-cheol and Man-ho kidnap obnoxious teenage girl Tae-hee (played by Ko Eun-ah) as part of an unnecessarily complicated and ill-advised plan to pay off their debts,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.02.21 ~ 2014.02.23 2014/02/24, Ice gives way to fire as "Pompeii" overthrows "Frozen" at the top…
Disney's Oscar contender "Frozen" was finally dislodged at the top of pile in a hotly contested tussle at the top. This past weekend saw Paul W. S. Anderson's disaster epic "Pompeii" entered in first position (542,060-21.3%), a film that has been struggling globally after poor reviews stunted its hopes of reaching the $100M it took to produce. Despite its unimpressive stats thus far, Anderson's indulgent 3D flick only narrowly outplayed Kim Kwang-sik-I's newly released "Tabloid Truth" (440,829-20%). "Tabloid Truth" is already looking good to overtake Kim's pervious effort with "My Dear Desperado", a romantic comedy that claimed nearly 700K stubs back in 2010,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.02.14 - 2014.02.16 2014/02/17, "Frozen" still chilling in first after five weeks…
Walt Disney's "Frozen" recently won the Best Animation award at this year's BAFTA, but Korean fans have known about its magic for weeks now. After five weeks the film is still running hot at the top of Korea's box office and, despite ticket sales falling somewhat, the film has now raced to more than 8.9 million admissions and is still going strong.
After regaining the crown last week from Hwang Dong-hyeok's "Miss Granny", "Frozen" has managed to remain Korea's movie of choice having racked up 747,416 admissions (29.9%) over the weekend. In fact, both Disney's latest and Dong-hyeok's drama remained unmoved at the top of the pile, and that's despite the release of the must-anticipated "Robocop" and two new local entries in the form of "Venus Talk" and "Apostle",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.02.07 ~ 2014.02.09 2014/02/10, "Frozen" re-solidifies itself at the top while "The Huntresses" melts away...
After a hectic Lunar New Year weekend "Frozen" has managed to recapture the lead and pack on the pressure as it moved on to 7.7 million admissions ($57.9M). Last week it was Hwang Dong-hyeok's "Miss Granny" that stole the show, but after the holiday rush Hwang's comedy drama was forced back a place with its 1 million haul (31.6%). These two films were the only ones in contention for gold, and together they captured over 70% of the market share. A few of the new entries ("I, Frankenstein", "Another Family", and "The Lego Movie") held their own in the middle order while "Hot Young Bloods" and "The Huntresses" fell viciously to the wrong end of the chart,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Another Family" 2014/01/25,
Sang-goo (played by Park Chul-min) is an unremarkable man with an unremarkable family. Given their rather average circumstances in life, it naturally becomes a big deal when eldest daughter Yoon-mi (played by Park Hee-jeong) is hired by a big conglomerate. In South Korea these are the best jobs a recent graduate can possibly hope for, mainly because conglomerates offer high salary and benefits compared to other entry level jobs. Those readers living in countries where large corporations have a rather different reputation may have trouble relating.
But never mind the relative benefits of job-hunting between nations- that's not what this movie is about anyway,...More
Park Chul-min, "Even the most sensitive movie will be loved" 2014/01/07, Source,
Actor Park Chul-min is starring in the movie "Another Family" which is based on a true story. The premiere conference of the movie was held in a restaurant in Seoul on the 7th and Park Chul-min said, "The movie is based on a true story and deals with a sensitive social matter".
"I heard about the consequences about starring in a movie like that but I don't think it's a problem. There are many genres of movies and even the socially problematic ones can be loved. "Another Family" will succeed and I hope we resolve the matters in the movie",...More
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