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 Jeong-u 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, Masquerade 광해 왕이 되 남자) 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 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 on 16.0% and Miracle on 13.2%. Two foreign films have performed strongly in January, Les Misérables and Life of Pi 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, 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.
CJ Entertainment Inc ＣＪ엔터테인먼트 will screen both Berlin File, The Tower and Pororo at the European Film Market 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 in March.
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.
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.
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