Poorly written virus movie gets progressively sillier and uninvolving.
Hugely disappointing diversion into futuristic action by South Korea's Bong Joon-ho.
The Terror Live
| 더 테러 라이브
Taut, real-time thriller of a radio presenter and a phone-in bomber.
NAFF focuses on festival veterans
PiFan regulars return to genre project market
Shanghai sets opening and closing films
China, Hollywood films to bookend festival
Need for Speed maintains lead in China
Black Coal, Thin Ice second-placed
Snowpiercer second-placed in China
Biggest opening outside South Korea
Eternal Zero tops Japan B.O. for 8th week
Box office slowed by extreme weather
Grandmaster leads 8th AFA nominations
Asian Film Awards Academy established
Snowpiercer to screen at Berlin's Forum
Final selection includes three Nakamura Noboru films
Cinemanila runs from Terror to Norte
Kim Byung-woo receives mini-tribute in Philippines
Like Father Like Son, Lunchbox top 56th APFF
Zhang, Tsai win acting honours once more
Quiet start for new films at Taipei B.O.
Documentaries continue strong hold
South Korean films break local admissions record
Only two foreign films in 2013 top ten
White Storm defies Gravity at China B.O.
Animation Epic fourth-placed
Grandmaster leads Asia-Pacific award nominations
Snowpiercer and Lunchbox also recognised
Hope wins through at Blue Dragon Awards
Bong Joon-ho wins Best Director for Snowpiercer
RAM locks horns with Moebius
Kim Ki-duk drama to get North American release
Müller rolls out Rome red carpet for regulars
Three Asian films to compete
10th HKAFF cooks up a White Storm
Snowpiercer is Hong Kong festival's closing film
Busan opens with Blessing, closes with Dinner
Focus on "New Wave" Central Asian Cinema
Snowpiercer to close other Deauville festival
South Korean film to have international premiere in France next month
KOFIC shortlists Korean Oscar hopefuls
Tales of werewolves, spies and political prisoners among contenders
Snowpiercer and Terror lead weekend admissions record
South Korean audiences flock to local releases
Snowpiercer crosses one million admissions
Blockbuster opening for South Korean film
Snowpiercer wraps in Prague
Bong's sci-fi fantasy heads home
Bong's Snow Piercer underway
Cool int'l cast expands
South Korean thrillers take 90% market share
By Stephen Cremin
Thu, 22 August 2013, 13:05 PM (HKT)
The market share of South Korean films was above 90% for the third day in a row yesterday, as four local thrillers captured domestic audiences. The market share over the weekend was 89.1%.
BONG Joon-ho 봉준호 | 奉俊昊's Snowpiercer 설국열차 has now secured 8.4 million admissions, for a current gross of ￦60.3 billion (US$53.6 million). The Terror Live 더 테러 라이브, another high-tension thriller set in a confined space — in a radio station instead of a speeding train — reached 5.2 million admissions yesterday for a current gross of ￦37.1 billion (US$33.0 million) yesterday.
The number one film this past week is Hide and Seek 숨바꼭질, the feature debut of HUH Jung 허정, which has made ￦19.9 billion (US$17.7 million) on 2.8 million admissions. The thriller set in an apartment complex is ahead of another new release, The Flu 감기 (pictured). The disaster movie, in which an airborne virus threatens Seoul, has made ￦15.4 billion (US$13.7 million) in seven days.
As of yesterday, South Korean films accounted for 81.7 million admissions in 2013. One year ago, local films had secured 66.9 million admissions in the same time period. That represents a year-on-year growth of 22% in 2013. By the end of 2012, local films represented 115 million admissions out of the 195 million total, crossing 100 million admissions for the first time.
The market share of local films was 56.4% in the first half of 2013, up from 53.5% in the first half of 2012.