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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.13 ~ 2014.06.15

2014/06/16 | | Permalink

"Edge of Tomorrow" pushes past 3 million to top the table once more…

Last weekend Doug Liman's science fiction adaptation "Edge of Tomorrow" snatched over 1.5M admissions to take gold, and while its haul was significantly less this time around, the 679K (40%) it pulled over the weekend was enough to secure a second reign. Cruise and his sci-fi flicks go down like a treat in Korea, and paired with the tale's Japanese origin, Liman's futuristic frenzy has thus far managed to amass over 3M admissions ($25M). And while Cruise and his co-star Emily Blunt were blazing at the top, two new local films made their entry into the top ten in the form of "Gyeongju" and "For The Emperor"...More

'Detective K' team returns to set

Source | 2014/06/09 | | Permalink

Accomplished actor Kim Myeong-min will return to the silver screen to star in the sequel to "Detective K", according to distributor Showbox Media yesterday.

"We will come up with the same production team from 2011", noted Showbox, adding that the new heroine for the film would be actress Lee Yeon-hee of the latest MBC drama "Miss Korea" (2013)...More

Joseon Dynasty through film

Source | 2014/06/08 | | Permalink

The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) ruled over Korea for more than 500 years. The lives and times of the 27 monarchs are some of the most widely used material in Korean film. In 2014 alone, a couple of films set with the royal dynasty as background will be released. Earlier this year, theaters saw the release of "The Fatal Encounter", a film which deals with the times of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800). Two more films are set to be released later this year. They are "Sado", which revolves around King Yeongjo (r. 1724-1776), grandfather to Jeongjo, and "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant", which focuses on King Cheoljong (r. 1849-1863)...More

Jo says yes to 'The Insiders'

Source | 2014/06/04 | | Permalink

Actor Jo Seung-woo confirmed he will appear in the film "The Insiders" alongside actor Lee Byung-hun, according to the movie's distributor Showbox yesterday.

"The Insiders" is based on a webtoon of the same title by celebrity artist Yoon Tae-ho, which focuses on all sorts of corruption in Korean society. Director Woo Min-ho of "Man of Vendetta" (2010) is taking the helm...More

Three Korean films highlighted at Cannes

Source | 2014/05/26 | | Permalink

The audience gives a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival after seeing "A Girl at My Door". (photo courtesy of Movie Collage)

Three Korean films were under the spotlight at the 67th Cannes Film Festival that ended on May 25. Theater seats during these films' screenings were all taken, and the audience and critics alike gave a standing ovation to all of them. The three films are director Jeong Joo-ri-I's (July Jung) "A Girl at My Door", presented in the Un Certain Regard section, Director Chang's "The Target", in the Midnight Screening section, and Kim Seong-hoon's "A Hard Day", shown in the Directors' Fortnight section. These directors are all relatively new, as these films are either their first or second feature film...More

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