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[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Beats All-time Record for a Korean Film at the Japanese Box Office


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


"Parasite" is directed by Bong Joon-ho, and features Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Wooshik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun. Release date in Korea: 2019/05/30.

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