A ragtag team of Korean soldiers in the Vietnamese jungle find more than they bargained for
Kim Kyu Hyun (internews)
"R-Point" (2004) marks the directorial debut for Kong Soo-chang
, a screenwriter behind such hits as "Tell Me Something" and "Ring Virus". One of Kong's personal preoccupations seems to be Korean participation in the Viet Nam War, which he previously tackled as a co-screenwriter for "The White Badge", adapted from An Jung Hyo's groundbreaking English-language novel.
A CN Film Production. Distributed by Cinema Service.
Written and directed by Kong Soo-chang
. Executive Producer Chang Youn Hyun. Produced by Choi Kang-hyeok. Cinematography by Seok Hyeon-jeong. Lighting by Lee Joo-saeng. Edited by Nam Na-yeong
. Production design by Ha Seon-min. Starring Kam Woo-seong
, Son Byeong-ho
, Oh Tae-kyeong
, Park Won-sang
Internationally distributed by Cinema Service. 107 minutes.
"R-Point" returns to the topic in the guise of a horror film. The year is 1972. A ragtag team of Korean soldiers is assembled to investigate a missing squadron, lost somewhere in the Vietnamese jungle. Volunteers are chosen from those about to be shipped back to Korea for various reasons, including being diagnosed with STDs, and morale is low. The team is led by Lieutenant Choi (Kam Woo-seong
), a seasoned veteran and an excellent soldier who nonetheless has become cynical and desensitized to the gruesome massacres taking place around him, backed up by Sergeant Jin (Son Byeong-ho
), a typical military hard-butt. What they do not know is that their destination, so-called Romeo Point, is a haunted precinct, which has been swallowing up foreign invaders since the French colonial period.
It is clear that director Kong Soo-chang
wanted to make his film relevant to current affairs, especially Korea's participation in the American war against Iraq, but "R-Point" works first and foremost as an atmospheric thriller. In that regard, the film does pretty well, enormously aided by the location shots in Kampuchea, with the huge, abandoned, and moss-covered colonial-period mansion as its main setting. The jungle looks damp and uncom...More
By Park Chung-a
The latest Korean hit film, "The King and the Clown
" seems poised to break the all-time record set by the film "Taegukgi
Cinema Service, the distributor of "The King and the Clown
" said yesterday that the audience for the movie about a love triangle in the Choson Kingdom r...More
All eyes in Korea's film industry are now trained on whether "The King and the Clown" (Wang-ui namja) will set a new record as the country's biggest box office hit after breaking the 10 million viewer mark last weekend.
It is the third movie produced in Korea to reach the 10-million milestone at the box office, following "Taegukgi" and "Silmido" in early 2004. "Taegukgi" attracted 11.74 million viewers and "Silmido" drew 11.08 million moviegoers.
The question is whether the period drama featuring court jesters and homosexuality will overtake the country's No. 1 hit "Taegukgi" in terms of ticket sales.
The media spotlight on the low-budget film reaching the 10-million viewer record is also helping drive up sales. Positive reviews by criti...More
The historical film "The King And The Clown" directed by Lee Joon-ik
and produced by Eagle Pictures and CineWorld topped 10 million viewers nationwide as of 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11.
An official from the film distribution agency Cinema Service said on Feb. 12, "The film has attracted a total of 10,068,989 viewers as of Feb. 11 across the nation, with the moviegoers in Seoul numbering 2,973,936".
This was the third box-office hit film to exceed the 10 million viewer mark, following "Silmido" (2003), which hit 10 million viewers on Feb. 19, 2004, and "Taegukgi: Brotherhood of War" (2003), which achieved the ...More
Some 9.78 million people had watched the hit film "The King and the Clown
" as of Thursday, the film's distributor Cinema Service said Friday. It predicted ticket sales will reach the 10 million mark around Saturday afternoon, 45 days after its release.
That means one in four Koreans and almost half of all adults saw the film, which is estimated to have generated some W50 billion (US$50 million) in economic effects.
The milestone also puts the movie ah...More