A joyous comedy-drama of female friendship, with excellent ensemble work and lots of retro nostalgia.
War of the Arrows
| 최종병기 활
Visceral action and strong performances punch up a fairly conventional costume drama.
South Korean films lose domestic dominance
Foreign film market share surges
South Korea's film development fund extended
3% surcharge on each movie ticket
Market share of South Korean films plummets
Foreign films secure record admissions
South Korea and China sign co-pro deal
Co-productions to be treated as local films
South Korean films break local admissions record
Only two foreign films in 2013 top ten
Korean Film Council: Young at Forty
KOFIC's position in local film history
Korean cinema, Chinese characteristics
Is the future of South Korean cinema in China?
Tokyo's CoPro Connection doubles down
Nicolas Winding Refn & Chris Doyle seek financing
Singapore and South Korea take drama to Oscars
Ilo Ilo and Juvenile Offender chosen by film bodies
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%
China, South Korea ready co-prod treaty
Deal underlines growing industry linkage
South Korean BO has bumper Jan
New Year, new record for local films
South Korean films hit record level
Market share and revenues power ahead
Thieves continues to steal BO glory
Heist film crosses 4 million admissions in 8 days
Defiant words as Udine opens under a cloud
Festival boss resists gloomy outlook as Sunny entertains
Unspoiled Brats and Fresh Wave define Udine
To, Pang and Zhang return for 14th edition of Italian festival
Busan plans for new studio complex
KOFIC facilities additional to remodelled BFC stages
Osaka lines up diverse competition
Japan premiere of Wu Xia to close festival
Local revenues boom for South Korean films
KOFIC data: BO climbs, NEW is No 3 distributor
AFA nominations headed by Greater China mega titles
South Asia titles in supporting role, South Korea almost edited out
Busan West reveals selection
Old and new travel to Orange County
Grand Bell out in Front
Korean awards show splits prizes
South Korean films claim narrow BO win
Local movies enjoy strong Sep, play catch up
Local heroes heed the call
An interesting final quarter awaits the South Korean industry
Online smiles for Sunny
Revenue growth points to improving ancillaries outlook
Sunny rises against the machines
Director's cut of Korean drama released today
Korea BO shows resilience
First half gain for local films, but Hollywood takes cash prize
Sunny shines again
Korean drama reclaims top spot from Panda
Kim appointed chairman of KOFIC
Safe pair of hands for troubled Korean institution
South Korean exports crumble in 2009
Overseas sales figures disappoint ahead of Berlin market
South Korean films surge in 2011
By Patrick Frater
Mon, 23 January 2012, 07:35 AM (HKT)
Local-made films grabbed more than half of the South Korean box office last year, the first time in six years.
According to preliminary data from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, South Korean films enjoyed a market share of 51.9% in 2011, up from 46.5% the previous year.
The numbers were attained despite the failure of a handful of very high profile and big budget South Korean films to do more than average business. But the ministry said that the number of local films able to achieve more than 4 million ticket sales grew from just two in 2010 to five, including War of the Arrows 최종병기 활 (2011) (pictured) and Sunny 써니 (2011), in 2011.
South Korean films regularly enjoyed more than half of their home box office market until 2006, the year in which the country halved its annual screen quota (the number of day in which cinemas must reserve for local films) from 146 to 73 per year.
However a causal link between the 2007-2010 box office drop by South Korean films and the removal of the quota has been hard to prove. Other factors, including a failure to adapt to market conditions, the challenge from 3-D and changing film funding conditions, may all have been at play. Exports of South Korean films also dropped after 2006.
Last year's resurgence also saw exports improve. The ministry indicated that overseas rights sales for South Korean films also increased 14% in 2011.
Korean Film Council (Kofic) 영화진흥위원회 is expected to provide detailed figures for 2011 after the Lunar New Year holiday.