Foreign films have led at the COVID-19 enfeebled South Korean every day so far in 2021. But this weekend sees two films try to dislodge them from this position, and very different ones at that. "Mission: Possible" looks to have the best chance, with stronger ticket reservation numbers. "Double Patty" had better numbers pre-reservation, although it has long since lost much of its momentum.
"Mission: Possible" is an action comedy starring Kim Young-kwang and Lee Sun-bin. Promotional material for the movie has focused on the bickering interplay between the leads, and their at-times dubious competence in their secret agent duties. "Double Patty" is a more introspective work, with the relative fame of the actors reversed by gender. Here Irene of Red Velvet plays the female lead, while Shin Seung-ho is her lesser known opposite.
If either film is able to achieve a lead over Soul it will not be by a wide margin. The Disney film has proved surprisingly resilient in the COVID-19 marketplace with 1.6 million admissions, over four times that of Onward, the previous project from the American film studio's animation division. "Mission: Possible" and "Double Patty" will be aimed at very different audiences- though that wasn't much help for "New Year Blues" which has struggled to so much as break a tenth of Soul's admissions.
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 email@example.com. 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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