[HanCinema's Box Office Review] Marvel's Month of May 2013/06/01,
Not since the beginning of April has a Korean film managed to claim the top spot at the box office. It was Jo Dong-oh's "Running Man" who last had that honour, but a string of Hollywood hits prevented such local flicks from tasting gold. In April it was Tom Cruise in "Oblivion", followed by Marvel's "Iron Man 3", and this past week saw the "Iron Man" tag Vin Diesel in the sixth instalment of the "Fast and Furious". Although the foreign flicks are still enjoying a long stretch of golden glory, there were a number of Korean films that came close to toppling these outsiders for supremacy,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Running Man" 2013/05/10,
Jong-Woo (played by Shin Ha-kyun) is a poor, beleagured taxi driver with a bad attitude, understandable given the kind of clients he has to deal with. So when one night, a polite, well-dressed man offers an outrageous sum of money to rent the taxi for an extended period, Jong Woo doesn't ask any questions, though he does make rather cheerful and inappropriate conversation with his uninterested charge. It's difficult to blame Jong-Woo for this, given that it takes him some time to realize that he is not the protagonist of a low-brow comedy, but of an action-packed thriller,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.05.03 ~ 2013.05.05 2013/05/06,
Tony Stark may be under some psychological pressure in his third outing but his Korean fans continued to storm the cinemas in support. "Iron Man 3" once again dominated proceedings over this past weekend, adding 1,865,121 (75%) admissions and bringing its total tally now to almost six million. That places Marvel's blockbuster as the third highest grossing release in Korea for 2013; just behind "The Berlin File" (7.1 Million), which it will surely surpass in the coming week. There were only three new entries that made the top grade this past weekend: Lee Jong-pil's "The Singing Contest, a re-release of "Finding Nemo 3D", and the Japanese animation "One Stormy Night",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] April 2013 2013/05/04,
April proved to be a slow month at the box office as local films gave way to foreign favourites. It wasn't until last weekend that things were given a shot in the arm as Marvel's blockbuster "Iron Man 3" sounded the horn that cause more than 2 million fans to stream in. Tom Cruise's latest efforts in "Oblivion" held down the top spot during the middle weeks, leaving Jo Dong-oh's "Running Man" to be the only Korean film to taste gold in week one. The release of both "Oblivion" and "Iron Man 3" denied Kang Woo-seok's eighth film "Fist of Legend" any traction, leaving to sit in second place spinning its tyres for much of the month,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.26 ~ 2013.04.28 2013/04/29,
Marvel's "Iron Man 3" has jolted Korean cinephiles into action after a lethargic month at the movies. The popular comic book franchise opened with 2,202,252 admissions, taking in more than 80% of all tickets sold over the weekend. That's more than the combined admissions count of the top films in the last four weeks! It was also given a fair bit of support from the cinema houses, opening to an incredible 1,380 screenings around the country ("The Berlin File" was only other film this year to enjoy such a release, and it opened with just 894). It's an impressive response from both the industry and the Korean public, but such a top-heavy weekend resulted in a dismal performance by everyone else in the chart,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.19 ~ 2013.04.21 2013/04/22,
The science fiction action flick "Oblivion" managed to hold onto first place in what was one of the year's quietest weekends at the box office. Tom Cruise's latest held down first with only 367,022 (30%), the lowest admissions count for first this year. Tom Cruise is a popular figure in Korea and, despite some close competition from Kang Woo-seok's "Fist of Legend", his latest representation was able to cling onto gold. "Oblivion" had 563 screens around the country from which to pool admissions from, and this past weekend saw it advance its total tally to 1,204,448,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.12 - 2013.04.14 2013/04/15,
Korea's love for all things Tom Cruise proves itself once again this week as the Hollywood actor's new film "Oblivion" takes the top spot. The film is based off an unpublished graphic novel from the director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy") and Arvid Nelson. Mr. Kosiniski said that the film pays homage to the 1970s and the science fiction films of that era. 530,069 (34%) admissions were enough for the film to hold first position over 638 screenings around the country. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The sci-fi genre seems to fit Cruise's acting persona well and the thousands of Korean cinephiles that came out over the weekend to see him in action would not disagree,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.05 ~ 2013.04.07 2013/04/08, Jo Dong-oh's action thriller "Running Man" is off to a good start as it snatched the top spot in its first weekend out. The film claimed 501,908 (30.89%) admissions over 568 screens, only just pushing outs its closest rival "G.I. Joe 2" which came close itself with 464,619 (30.49%). "Running Man" stars Shin Ha-kyun as Cha Jong-woo, a young man who accidentally gets caught up in a murder case and soon finds himself on the run because of it. This week's chart saw a number of new entries both local and foreign, in addition to some regular faces that have made the top ten their own the last few months. But overall admissions were low, with only the top two films seeing much action in this quieter week at the movies,...More
14 Korean Films go to Italy's Far East Fest 2007/04/17, Source, The 9th Udine Far East Film Festival boasts one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in Europe. This year around 60 titles from across Asia were selected to screen at the event which runs April 20th to 28th in the picturesque northern Italian city. This year 14 top Korean films were invited, o,...More
New Korean Releases; 'The Restless' and 'Old Miss Diary' 2006/12/22, Source, Good news for James Bond fans.
The 21st film starring the world's favorite secret agent is out this week in Korea.
We also have two contrasting Korean releases out this week, a fantasy action and the other, a romantic comedy.
Son Heekyung reports.
The fantasy action epic "The Restless" (Chungchon) is one of the most anticipated films slated for the Christmas season. Its main actors said that they were overwhelmed by the film's superb computer gra,...More
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