Pinterest
NewsLetter DailyWeekly
 
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

Korean Films Strike Back

2007/08/05 | 171 views | Permalink | Source

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

The staggering Korean film industry, with production levels plummeting and international sales down, glows with a ray of hope as two domestic blockbusters are shining through.

Comedian-turned-director Shim Hyung-rae's computer graphic venture "D-War" is drawing in a storm of audiences. Just four days since the dragon war movie was released Aug. 1, more than 2.2 million people have seen it across 690 screens, according to the film's distributor Showbox.

Such a fast and furious following is comparable to that of "The Host" last year, which drew a total of some 13 million audiences, said Showbox.

"If such an admissions rate continues, `D-War will draw three million people within its first week of screening, a record-breaking achievement", said the franchise.

"D-War" is awaiting Korea's first ever wide-release across some 1,700 screens in the United States, September. "D-War's" explosive success at the box office here has yet to be observed, but it is certainly a relief for the domestic film industry as one Korean film after the other is fairing well in theaters.

"May 18", a historical drama tracing the harrowing events of the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement, is already drawing in streams.

Admissions for "May 18" surpassed three million in just eight days after its opening across 480 theaters July 25. This record is comparable to that of "Silmido" (2003) and "The King and the Clown" (2005), which drew similar numbers in 11 and 12 days, respectively.

The film is currently topping the local box office, smashing down big films like Bruce Willis' latest mega-action series "Live Free or Die Hard" ("Die Hard"), Steven Spielberg-produced robot movie "Transformers" and the world's favorite wizard story "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" ("Harry Potter 5").

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss


 

 

 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.

Settings

Remove ads

Sign up

Sharing

Activate

Spoilers

Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations