Good performances bolster a wobbly script in this psychodrama of obsessive love.
Hugely impressive feature debut, centred on an offbeat "romance", hardly puts a foot wrong.
Intriguing howdunit starts strongly but progressively weakens its grip.
Thread of Lies
| 우아한 거짓말
Superbly modulated study of teen and adult tensions, with a bracingly fresh feel.
Transformers, Chickensss rule 2014 HK b.o.
Total box office experiences slight increase
Hanoi IFF opens third edition
Regional project market among new initiatives
Midnight After wins PiFan jury prize
The Dark Valley wins Best of Puchon
Film Bureau releases official 2014 numbers
China box office revenue up 25% in H1
Hollywood dominates Greater China in H1 2014
3-D Monkey King is top grossing film overall
2014 China box office crosses RMB10 billion
Local films take 56% market share
Spider-man defeats Zhang Yimou in China
Coming Home opens second-placed
My Old Classmate works China's Labour Day
Spider-man sequel snags huge opening
Iceman frozen by Classmate at China B.O.
That Demon Within still number one in Hong Kong
Conan challenges Frozen's reign in Japan
Captain America fourth-placed
That Demon Within haunts HK Easter
Rio 2 third-placed
Transcendence runner-up at China box office
That Demon Within fourth-placed
Midnight After clocks huge HK opening
Best non-holiday opening for local film this year
China box office up 29.3% in 2014 Q1
Domestic films take 65% share
Captain America commands China box office
Truth About Beauty is top local film
Peabody & Sherman tops China box office
Captain America number one in Taiwan
Grandmaster wins 7 at Asian Film Awards
Hou Hsiao-hsien gets lifetime achievement nod
Thread of Lies tops South Korea B.O.
RoboCop remains atop China box office
Old Cinderella is strongest local release
Grandmaster leads 8th AFA nominations
Asian Film Awards Academy established
Like Father Like Son, Lunchbox top 56th APFF
Zhang, Tsai win acting honours once more
Ilo Ilo wins Best Film in Dubai
Golden Horse winners repeat success in UAE
Ritesh Batra on preparing his Lunchbox
The role of shorts, project markets and place
Omar wins Best Feature at APSA
Television and Lunchbox win Jury Grand Prizes
Killers to premiere at Midnight in Sundance
Liar's Dice competes
Grandmaster leads Asia-Pacific award nominations
Snowpiercer and Lunchbox also recognised
Ant Story premieres in AsiaAfrica competition
Ilo Ilo, Stray Dogs, Lunchbox compete in Dubai
Omar and Japan lead APSA nominations
Selections from Bangladesh, Jordan, Saudi Arabia
10th HKAFF cooks up a White Storm
Snowpiercer is Hong Kong festival's closing film
Toronto announces first wave of titles
N. American premieres of high-profile Asian films
Sin, Son and Silence score Cannes deals
Asian films achieve key sales; region's buyers also active
Sony Classics takes bite of Lunchbox
Indian crowd pleaser set for US release
Asian trio in Directors' Fortnight
Ugly selection makes it Kashyap’s Cannes
Lunchbox delivers Asian dish to Critics' Week
Indian first film stars Life of Pi's Khan
Asian indies get the hang of global finance
Co-prod events help assemble projects like Lunchbox
Berlin updates co-prod, Specials lists
Festival expands line up
CineMart selects four from Asia
India, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand at Rotterdam's co-production market
Captain America fends off Korean newcomers
By Kevin Ma
Wed, 16 April 2014, 12:00 PM (HKT)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier held the top spot at the South Korea box office for the third consecutive weekend.
With a market share of 33.7%, the Marvel Studios LLC film added 471,000 admissions from 706 screens between Friday and Sunday for 3.32 million admissions and ₩26.7 billion (US$25.7 million) after 19 days.
The top newcomer this weekend was revenge thriller Broken 방황하는 칼날 (pictured). Based on a HIGASHINO Keigo 東野圭吾 novel, and adapted in Japan as The Hovering Blade さまよう刃 (2009), the LEE Jeong-ho 이정호 film attracted 458,000 admissions and ₩3.71 billion (US$3.56 million) from 592 screens on its first four days.
Three years ago, Perfect Number 용의자Ｘ (2012) – based on Higashino's novel Suspect X – attracted 634,000 admissions in its first four days for a total of 1.55 million admissions and ₩11.2 billion (US$10.8 million).
Innocent Thing 가시, the latest film by Volcano High 화산고 (2001) director KIM Tae-gyun 김태균 | 金泰均, opened fifth-placed with 95,300 admissions and ₩752 million (US$722,000) from 356 screens. The suspense melodrama stars JANG Hyeok 장혁 | 張赫 as a teacher who falls for an obsessive student.
Thread of Lies 우아한 거짓말 dropped out of the top ten in its fifth weekend, earning ₩157 million (US$151,000) from 22,900 admissions. After 32 days in cinemas, the LEE Han 이한 | 李翰 drama has made ₩11.6 billion (US$11.2 million) from 1.61 million admissions.