With 2.2 million admissions and over 30 million dollars in revenue "Parasite" has now become the best performing South Korean movie of all time at the Japanese box office. The long-standing previous record was held by the 2004 film "A Moment to Remember", which also had 30 million dollars in revenue.
South Korean film has not shown much of a presence at the Japanese box office since the mid-2000's. After "A Moment to Remember" the next two highest performers are "April Snow" with 27 million dollars and "Windstruck" with 20 million dollars of revenue.
"Parasite" had a very delayed release in the Japanese market thanks in large part to the boycott between Japan and South Korea last year mutually souring the feelings of the citizens of these countries to one another's products. "Parasite" was eventually released in Japan last year on December 27th, with its new resurgence coming largely in thanks to the film's unexpected wins at the Academy Awards earlier this month.
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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