For the first time since February a new mainstream South Korean film has appeared in wide release at the South Korean box office. "Intruder", a thriller detailing a woman played by Song Ji-hyo to be the long-lost daughter of a well-to-do- family, quintupled the box office draw of the previous leader, closing out the weekend with a cumulative total of 288,818 admissions.
While an easy and vast improvement over the obscure and older foreign movies that have dominated the South Korean box office since February, the numbers for "Intruder" remain quite poor and the movie would be lucky to break the half million viewer mark before retiring from theaters. Last year well-received genre films could usually expect to get at least a million admissions.
It is difficult to tell how much the movie's performance can truly be blamed on COVID-19, as reactions from moviegoers were quite mixed. With more new releases still set for the remainder of the month, South Korean distribution companies appear determined to continue reopening the market barring a new COVID-19 wave.
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.
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