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
NewsLetter DailyWeekly

Word of mouth advertising attracts 100,000 to 'Old Partner'

2009/02/05 | 254 views |  | Permalink | Source

The Korean documentary film "Old Partner" (directed by Lee Chung-ryul) has topped 100,000 in ticket sales thanks to word-of-mouth advertising. It's a record commercial success for a domestic independent film.

Distributor Indiestory says the film opened Jan. 15 in only seven theaters nationwide. It is now being screened in 38 and has been watched by 100,366 people in 19 days as of Monday.

The highest grossing Korean independent film to date is the 2007 documentary "Our School" by director Kim Myeong-joon, which attracted 55,000 moviegoers. Including community center and school screenings, the film was watched by 90,000 to 100,000 Koreans.

"Old Partner" is the story of a nearly 80 year old farmer, his wife and their 40 year old cow, their life companion of 30 years. Their real life story talks about aging, death and parting.

The heartwarming retrospective view of the old man and his cow's life story has earned critical acclaim and positive audience response. Eight more theaters will screen the film from this weekend.

Indiestory attributed the success to word-of-mouth advertising through the media and viewers, a storyline appealing to all ages and the lack of any other Korean film with a similar concept.

An Indiestory official said, "People usually come alone to watch independent films but friends, families and couples are coming together to watch "Old Partner". Early viewers spread the word and the timing of the opening was also good".

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$2.99 per month (you can cancel anytime).
The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide
HanCinema Awards - Vote Now !

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

By Cédric Collemine | Privacy policy | Contact | Partners

Mobile version