All About My Wife
| 내 아내의 모든 것
Bouncy, well-played rom-com loses some momentum in the latter stages.
The Berlin File
Gritty, hard-driven spy thriller is chock-full of great action and performances.
A part return to form by J-horror's Nakata Hideo that adopts a simple, classical approach.
I Have to Buy New Shoes
Beautifully played rom-com, produced by Iwai Shunji and starring a lustrous Nakayama Miho.
| 광해 왕이 되 남자
Costume drama, marbled with comedy, is played, directed and written with total confidence.
Ripples of Desire
Costume yarn set among courtesans and pirates lacks any sense of drama or passion.
Superbly packaged disaster drama is weakened by thin characters and repetitive action.
Hard-driven drama of crime and corruption is leavened by an operatic black humour.
Fortissimo feasts on EFM deals
Final Recipe, Rigor Mortis, Siddarth close deals
Elixir sells Dusk Trilogy to Sundream
Singapore sales company launches Wonogawa sci-fi
Wild Bunch launches high profile Asian slate
Zhang Yimou, Nakashima Tetsuya and Lou Ye
Ablaze takes Rice Bomber, Sweet Alibis
Taiwan sales agency takes two to EFM
South Korean films break local admissions record
Only two foreign films in 2013 top ten
Hope wins through at Blue Dragon Awards
Bong Joon-ho wins Best Director for Snowpiercer
Korean cinema, Chinese characteristics
Is the future of South Korean cinema in China?
Southeast Asia in focus at Taoyuan festival
New Taiwan film event launches in October
KOFIC shortlists Korean Oscar hopefuls
Tales of werewolves, spies and political prisoners among contenders
South Korea has record H1 box office
Admissions up 18.3%; box office up 12.7%
NYAFF completes lineup, announces tributes
New Filipino Cinema a highlight at New York festival
Edinburgh arrested by Offender
South Korean films spotlighted at Scottish festival
Secret Tips wins at Udine
Rom-com is audience favourite at Italian festival
Berlin File opens 15th Udine
Films from China, Japan and South Korea dominate
Finecut enters FilMart with Miracle sales
Box office hits translate into multi-territory deals
Local films score at BO around Asia
Journey, Boys, Miracle, Loman, Assassin dominate
HKIFF opens with Fight
Herman Yau's Ip Man sequel kickstarts HK festival
Well Go hooked by Drug War
Media Asia high on sales success
Malaysia delays festival, market again
Other reforms said to be proceeding
TriBeCa bites into Fresh Meat
NZ cannibal comedy swallowed up in UK
Asia buyers make noise for Quiet Ones
Supernatural thriller scares up business
Haewon opens EFM sales for Finecut
Pieta still selling strongly
Berlin festival's Asian selection
Art for art's sake?
Hot Asian genre films at EFM
Profiles of The Complex, Saving General Yang and The Tower
Asian distributors pre-buy Berlin titles
Midnight, Inch' Allah, Elephants, Parkland acquired
South Korean BO has bumper Jan
New Year, new record for local films
Showbox has Edge at home and abroad
Thieves sets opening record for South Korean film in China
Ryoo heads for Berlin
Don 2 producer helps spy drama shoot
Buyers invade Forbidden Ground
Australian war movie lands China, UK, Benelux deals
Easternlight shines on Assassins, Liaisons
Asian sales unit delivers weighty Chinese quartet
Raid sequel sells strongly
NAFF project gets big-budget overhaul
Finecut unveils Another film by Hong
Drama stars France's Huppert
Odin's Eye enters Forbidden Ground
Australian sales company picks up two titles for EFM
Busan unveils 30-title project selection
New name, new orientation for former PPP
CJ expands Cannes slate by eight
Korean giant readies massive line-up, Cannes event
CJ to screen six at Berlin market
No Mercy among screening premieres at European market
Berlin files strong opening in S. Korea
By Stephen Cremin
Thu, 31 January 2013, 14:40 PM (HKT)
The action-thriller sold over 270,000 tickets for a gross of $1.74 million (￦1.90 billion) and a 42% share of the day's admissions. Including previews, it has grossed $2.66 million (￦2.90 billion). In the film, HA Jung-woo 하정우 | 河正佑 plays a North Korean agent entangled in a conspiracy in Berlin when an arms deal goes wrong. It co-stars HAN Seok-gyu 한석규 | 韓石圭 and Gianna JUN 전지현 | 全智賢.
In close second place yesterday was LEE Hwan-kyung 이환경's Miracle in Cell No. 7 ７번방의 선물, with a 39.3% share of admissions. Since opening on 23 Jan, the tearjerker has taken $17.1 million (￦18.6 billion) on 2.59 million admissions. It stars RYU Seung-ryong 류승룡 | 柳成龍 (All About My Wife 내 아내의 모든 것 (2012), Masquerade 광해 왕이 되 남자 (2012)) as a simple-minded prisoner who is able to reunite with his young daughter with the help of his cellmates.
Third and fourth place slots were also held by local films, Man on the Edge 박수건달 (2012) and Pororo: The Racing Adventure 3D 뽀로로 극장판 슈퍼썰매 대모험. High-concept action-comedy Edge has now taken $24.5 million (￦26.7 billion) since opening on 9 Jan. PARK Yeong-kyun 박영균's 3-D animation Pororo, which opened simultaneously in China, has taken $2.89 million (￦3.15 billion) after after one week in cinemas.
In all, South Korean films held a 91% market share yesterday. In 2013 to date, South Korean films have secured a 58% market share, with the three highest grossing films of the year: Man on the Edge on 18.6%, The Tower 타워 (2012) on 16.0% and Miracle on 13.2%. Two foreign films have performed strongly in January, Les Misérables (2012) and Life of Pi (2012) with 12.7% and 7.7% of box office respectively.
The Berlin File was of several high profile films that are absent from the Panorama lineup of the forthcoming Berlin International Film Festival, where Ryoo's The Unjust 부당거래 (2010) screened last year. Other recent films directed by former participants that have not been selected include IWAI Shunji 岩井俊二's I Have to Buy New Shoes 新しい靴を買わなくちゃ (2012), NAKATA Hideo 中田秀夫's The Complex クロユリ団地 and Zero CHOU 周美玲's Ripples of Desire 花漾 (2012).
CJ Entertainment Inc ＣＪ엔터테인먼트 will screen both Berlin File, The Tower and Pororo at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. Finecut Co Ltd 화인컷 will be screening Miracle to buyers. Showbox/Mediaplex Inc 쇼박스 미디어플렉스 who are also attending, will launch sales of Man on the Edge in Berlin but will hold back its market screening premiere until Hong Kong FilMart 香港國際影視展 in March.