[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Supporting Cast and Character Descriptions for "Misty" 2018/01/17
JTBC's upcoming mystery melodrama is gathering quite the ensemble for itself and we have many additions most of you can no doubt recognize. From co-workers to sidekicks and from friends to foes, everyone around Hye-ran and Tae-wook is going to get mighty busy when the grizzly deed takes place and Hye-ran becomes suspect number one for it,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/12/03
No foreseeable change to Korea's male-centric thriller formula, Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" and DC's "Justice League" go head to head in KoBiz's latest infographic, Pierce Conran reviews Hwang Dong-hyuk's "The Fortress" on Modern Korean Cinema, and Christopher Weatherspoon previews four of the biggest films hitting Korea's screens this month,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/05/21
Movie Pilot lists their top 6 Korean tearjerkers, KOFIC chairman Kim Sae-hoon resigns, a few filmmakers are making comebacks over a decade later, and will local films prevail at the 'box office wars' this summer?,...More
Stars Who Have Lost/Gained Weight for Their Characters 2017/04/24, Source
When actors and actresses give their all to the role they chose, they will put literally everything into their work. Such time is put into the effort of being one with their character including research, practice, and even changing their appearance,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.04.14 - 2017.04.16 2017/04/17
"The Fate of the Furious" overtakes "Beauty and the Beast" for pole position...
Bill Condon's "Beauty and the Beast" was unable to secure a fifth-straight run at the top because of the arrival of a high-octane action film from director F. Gary Gray. "The Fate of the Furious" (also known as Fast & Furious 8), the eighth film in the franchise, arrived last Wednesday and scooped up the lion's share of the stubs (63.82%); from 1,467 screens around the country, "The Fate of the Furious" claimed 1.05 million admissions ($10.5 million). The film, which cost $250 million to produce, boasts an ensemble cast including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, and others. Worldwide, the 'F8' has already grossed over half a billion dollars,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.04.07 ~ 2017.04.09 2017/04/10
"Beauty and the Beast" holds off "The Prison" to secure its fourth weekend at the top...
For the fourth straight weekend, Bill Condon's update on Disney's 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast" (starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) has remained Korea's film of choice. The 347,085 admissions (26.96%) it claimed over the weekend pushes its total tally in Korea now 4.6 million ($33.2 million), making it the highest-grossing foreign film of the year, as well as the third highest overall ("Confidential Assignment" and "The King" are one and two respectively). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" has grossed nearly a billion dollars,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.31 ~ 2017.04.02 2017/04/03
Foreign fairytale narrowly outplays "The Prison" for the top spot...
"Beauty and the Beast", Bill Condon's re-imagining of Disney's classic fairytale, fended off a flood of new entries last weekend to secure a second week at the top. Now in its third weekend, the film once again narrowly retained pole position by capturing 32.51% of the sales (650,185 admissions). That sum moves its bottom line in Korea now to over 4 million admissions ($30.1 million) and is currently the third highest-grossing film of the year behind "The King" (5.3 million) and "Confidential Assignment" (7.8 million). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" is closing in on a billion dollars in sales: $876.3 million,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bluebeard" 2017/04/01
Seung-hoon (played by Cho Jin-woong) is a gastroenterologist of limited social skills. Hence why he's split up from his obviously gorgeous wife Soo-jeong (played by Yoon Se-ah) and completely oblivious to the attentions of attending nurse Mi-yeon (played by Lee Chung-ah). What does interest Seung-hoon is the obsessive world of detective mysteries where every minor detail is an important clue to unraveling the identity of the true criminal. Finding such a clue to a real life crime during an apparently routine colonoscopy, well, that's where Seung-hoon's troubles begin,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.24 - 2017.03.26 2017/03/27
A flood of new entries fail to subdue "Beauty and the Beast"...
Despite the flood of new entries, foreign and domestic, Disney's musical fantasy "Beauty and the Beast" narrowly retained pole position by capturing 40.98% of the sales. With the million admissions the film scored over the weekend, Bill Condon's remake now moves its total tally in Korea to 3.1 million, or $23.1 million; "Beauty and the Beast" is only 500,000 short of becoming the third highest-grossing film in Korea this year,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.17 - 2017.03.19 2017/03/20
A trio of foreign beasts capture the podium...
A new beast arrived in Korea last Thursday and dislodged "Kong" at the top of the chart. With 66.86% of the box office pie, Bill Condon's musical drama "Beauty and the Beast" (Emma Watson, Dan Stevens) dominated proceedings by capturing 1.4 million admissions ($10.5 million). The film, a remake of Disney's 1991 live-action classic, after having also been recently released in America, has already banked $350 million worldwide (the film was produced for an estimated $160 million),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.10 ~ 2017.03.12 2017/03/13
"Kong" and "Logan" battle it out at the top...
Jordan Vogt-Roberts's reboot of the iconic King Kong character in "Kong: Skull Island" (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John Goodman) arrived last Wednesday and climbed to the top of the chart with 49.14% of the box office pie. (Interestingly, one of the films that Vogt-Roberts said influenced him was Bong Joon-ho's "The Host".) From 984 screens, "Kong" attracted 823,219 admissions ($6.1 million) during its first weekend out in Korea. Worldwide, "King" has already recouped an estimated $142.6 million of the $185 million it took to produce; the film was released in the US last Friday,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.03 - 2017.03.05 2017/03/06
New arrivals "Logan" and "Bluebeard" capture 64% of the sales...
The tenth instalment in the "X-Men" film series, James Mangold's "Logan" (Hugh Jackman), dislodged last weekend's number one, Split, by capturing 632,997 admissions (38.55%). Marvel's latest had its premiere back in February at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently arrived in Korea to 954 screens around the country. Critics have praised the film for its acting and general handling of perhaps the series's most beloved superhero, Wolverine, and it's already surpassed its production costs of $97 million; currently, the film has grossed $104.7 million worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.02.24 ~ 2017.02.26 2017/02/27
M. Night Shyamalan's Split breaks local films' reign...
For the first time this year since "Your Name", a foreign film has stepped up and claimed pole position in Korea's box office. Local delights have been dominating since mid-January ("Confidential Assignment", "The King", and "Fabricated City"), but M. Night Shyamalan's new film, Split (starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley), arrived last Wednesday and came out on top during its first weekend out,...More
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