Star Power Wanes at Box Office 2013/03/23, Source,
Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand", which was released in Korea on Feb. 21, has tanked at the box office and dropped off the list after attracting only 66,698 spectators in just under a month. The film is directed by Kim Ji-woon, who shot to fame with "The Good, the Bad and the Weird", but the combination of top director and star was unable to attract viewers. This appears to be part of a wider trend where star power is fading in favor of strong storylines. Film booking site Maxmovie asked 2,754 members of its website from Feb. 26 to March 6 what they consider when choosing a movie and found that a massive 74.2 percent said the plot is the most important factor,...More
After slump, Han Seok-Kyu returns to spotlight 2013/03/20, Source, Han Seok-Kyu is a top-notch actor, but in his personal life, he lives away from his wife and children, who spend most of their time abroad for education. Han says he assuages his loneliness by reading books and watching movies. Provided by Showbox Mediaplex
Leading actor Han Seok-Kyu is a trailblazer in the Korean movie industry. He has proved that any talented person can be an A-list actor even without smothering good looks or charisma. Han's characters include a dying man in his 30s from "Christmas in August" (1998) and a gigolo in "Moon over Seoul" (1994). Across the diverse personalities, he knew how to be real without resorting to cliches. Han indeed paved the way for character actors such as Song Kang-ho, Kim Yoon-seok and Ryoo Seung-ryong, who are some of the best known in their field today,...More
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