Slickly mounted horror, by the same director as the 2004 South Korean film, offers few scares.
Better written instalment in the horror franchise is solid, basic fare.
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Technically impressive but dramatically no-go tale of a baseball-playing gorilla.
Survival-game horror quickie is poorly written but okay on a throwaway thrills level.
A characterful cast and multiple twists keep the criminal capers entertaining.
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By Kevin Ma
Mon, 22 July 2013, 23:05 PM (HKT)
Two films by South Korean directors set new records at the Chinese box office this past weekend.
In 2011, Mysterious Island 孤島驚魂 (2011) made RMB24.3 million in its first three days. Ending its theatrical run with RMB91.8 million, the Rico CHUNG 鍾繼昌 film is currently the highest grossing Chinese horror. Bunshinsaba 2 has already made RMB48.5 million (US$7.90 million) after six days on release.
The horror is An's own sequel to his Chinese-language film, which shares the title — but not the story — of his original Korean-language Bunshinsaba: Ouija Board 분신사바 (2004). In 2012, Bunshinsaba 筆仙 (2012) ended its theatrical run with RMB61 million (US$9.93 million).
After breaking opening day records for a South Korean film in China, South Korea-China co-production Mr. Go 미스터 고 made RMB47.6 million (US$7.74 million) between Friday and Sunday. The 3-D sports drama had made RMB60.9 million (US$9.91 million) by Sunday night.
Mr. Go beat the second weekend box office of Hollywood film After Earth. The sci-fi film starring Will Smith grossed RMB46.8 million over the weekend for a ten-day total of RMB205 million (US$33.4 million). Another Hollywood film, White House Down, opens today.
By Friday, Mr. Go – a co-production between Showbox/Mediaplex Inc 쇼박스 미디어플렉스 and Huayi Brothers Media Corporation 華誼兄弟傳媒股份有限公司 — had already set a new record for the highest grossing South Korean film in China. The Thieves 도둑들 (2012) was the previous record holder with a total gross of RMB22.2 million.