While the four major big-budget films of the summer have been released three relatively high profile genre films with well-known casts remain on the August release calendar. The horror film "Metamorphosis" and the historical era comedy film "Jesters: The Game Changers" will release on August 21st, while the multi-year romance "Tune in for Love" comes out on August 28th.
Over the weekend "Exit - Movie" passed seven and a half million viewers, while "The Battle: Roar to Victory" just passed the four million viewer mark. In past summers these movies would have been in an excellent position for continued box office dominance. However, strong upcoming competition from genre films may limit their viability. "Extreme Job" and "Parasite" were both buoyed past the ten million viewer mark in the face of generally weak competition.
"Metamorphosis" and "Jesters: The Game Changers", ironically enough, have benefited from good buzz in large part because two of the major big budget films this summer, "The Divine Fury" and "The King's Letters", were such unexpected failures. "Metamorphosis" is promising to be the supernatural horror film "The Divine Fury" was not, while "Jesters: The Game Changers" is likely to be a significantly more cheerful spin on Joseon-era science.
"Tune in for Love" has two major romantic stars in the form of Jung Hae-in and Kim Go-eun, but the movie's real big draw has been the lack of a major domestic South Korean romance so far this year. The last one, "On Your Wedding Day", released at about this same time last year and was, for a romantic genre film, a fairly strong success at the box office, taking in close to three million viewers and winning its fair share of awards.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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