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By Chung Ah-young
Koreans are using the word "movical" more and more these days. It is an apparent keyword to define a trend in the local musical industry.
"Movical", a combination of "movie" and "musical", refers to interaction between the two industries. It started with a local film, "Waikiki Brothers
", (2001) directed by Lim Soon-rye
, which was adapted for the musical stage in 2004.
For this year alone, about seven or eight musicals based on films are expected to be put on stage.
, the musical based on the namesake local film, which premiered last year, will launch its second season, starring singer-turned-actor Son Ho-young
, former member of all-men pop group G.O.D. starting from Jan. 15 to Feb. 24 at Hoam Art Hall.
, based on the film featuring Park Joong-hoon
and Ahn Seong-gi
, will now be made into the musical, s...More
'Filmmakers are reluctant to make innovative movies for fear they might scare investors away'.
In a country where it can be hard to find good entertainment at the weekend, many Seoulites flock to movie theaters for popcorn, a large soda and a movie. On Saturdays and Sundays its almost impossible to get a seat in any central Seoul theater without an advance reservation through the Internet.
In the 1980s movie theaters in Seoul were swamped with Hollywood films. In the 90s the tables were turned and the Korean film industry dominated the local box office. With the success of "Shiri
", Korea's first blockbuster action film, major Korean movies like "JSA" ("JSA - Joint Security Area
") and "Old Boy
" won a large share of the domestic market.
However, a report released by the Korean Film Council in July showed that the first half of this year saw a sharp deterioration in the industry's prospects. The Korean audience seems to be turning its back on locally made films.
Kim Seok-won used to be a big fan of Korean films. In 2004, after seeing "Taegukgi
", a tragedy featuring two brothers and their struggles struggling during the Korean War, Kim told all his friends and family that it was a film every Korean should be forced to see.
But now Kim watches more Hollywood films than Korean. He says he feels Korean film companies treat the audience like fools. "I used to watch films made by Koreans but even Hollywood blockbusters with a bad script are more entertaining", Kim said. "I don't see why I should pay for a movie that is nothing but cheap jokes, just because it was made in Korea".
Kim is not alone. Han Jae-wook, an office worker and a movie buff, says he has recently been watching Hollywood films rather than Korean movies.
"It's Hollywood blockbusters for sure", said Han. "They're more fun to watch".
Han feels that Korean movies have improved in recent years but they still lag behind the Hollywood competition. "This is a fact that even the neighborhood dog knows".
"I had high hopes for "May 18"
[the recently released movie about the Gwangju massacre] but it was a huge disappointment", Han said. "I am now looking forward to 'The Bourne Ultima...More