[HanCinema's News] "SEOBOK" to Be Released Theatrically in Japan
By William Schwartz | Published on
The Japanese distributor for "SEOBOK" has announced that the speculative fiction film will receive a theatrical release in that region over the summer. "SEOBOK" will open in Tokyo in July 16th, and will afterwards have a nationwide release. The film will also use its English title in marketing, itself just a transliteration of the movie's Korean title, to better maintain its exotic mystique. The film stars Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum in the leading roles.
Japan is not the first region to receive "SEOBOK" as a theatrical release. Of the fifty-six regions "SEOBOK" has been sold to, the movie has already premiered in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and other regions on April 15th, just as it did in South Korea. In Hong Kong, "SEOBOK" topped the domestic box office in its opening week while in Taiwan it has already surprassed "Parasite" in box office receipts. In South Korea, "SEOBOK" was recently withdrawn from theaters and is now a TVING streaming exclusive.
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.