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"A Moment To Remember" becomes first Korean movie to top Japanese box-office

2005/10/25 | 1549 views | Permalink | Source

The movie "A Moment to Remember", starring Jung Woo-sung and Son Ye-jin and directed by John H. Lee, became the first Korean movie to top the Japanese box-office.

Sources say that on the weekend of Oct. 22-23 "A Moment to Remember" beat out two other rivals, "Corpse Bride" and "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory", both directed by Tim Burton.

Until now, the most successful Korean movies in Japanese theaters had been "April Snow" and " JSA - Joint Security Area", both of which finished second.

"A Memory To Remember", which opened Oct. 22, is currently being shown in 308 theaters throughout Japan, some 100 fewer theaters than "April Snow" (434 theaters). The movie's Japanese distributor, Gaga, has invested over 6 million dollars in the movie's promotion and marketing, and says the movie is well on its way to becoming a huge success. The facts that it stars Son Ye-jin and was a big hit in Korea also drew attention from Japanese audiences.

Gaga expects 3 billion yen (about 27.5 billion won) in ticket sales from the movie. "April Snow", the most successful Korean movie by far, has taken in 2.4 billion yen (about 22 billion won).

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