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'Old Partner' Sets New Indie Box-Office Record

2009/02/17 | 188 views |  | Permalink | Source

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As independent documentary "Old Partner", directed by Lee Chung-ryoul, makes a successful theater run, its production company plans to reward 80-year-old farmer Choi Won-kyun, who took a leading role in the film.

Choi didn't seek any extra bonuses, but producer Studio Nurimbo has decided to give 10 percent of its profits to Choi as thank-you money.

According to statistics released by the Korea Film Council on Monday, "Old Partner", released on Jan. 15, drew 717,885 viewers nationwide until last Sunday, a month after its release. The film has so far reaped some W4.83 billion (US$1=W1,427) in profit, some W2.4 billion of which went to the producer. Given that no more than W200 million was spent on making the film, the profit is 12 times the investment.

"Old Partner" is setting a record in the history of independent movies. Even President Lee Myung-back visited a movie theater to see it.

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