K-Film News & Box Office [2006, May 4]

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Just like every year around this time, Cine21 got together some of the most important names in the industry, and asked them their top 50 most important figures in Chungmuro. Gone are the days when Kang Woo-Suk, who won this particular 'ranking' 9 years in a row, would just prepare to pay everyone drinks on the night the list was announced. As the Korean industry matures and its production structure assumes some Hollywood-like models, there'll be an increase in 'faceless names' in the list, owners of theater chains, distribution companies and powerful producers, people who rarely come out and talk to the press, but make the big decision behind the scenes. Nice to see Cha Seung-Jae, head honcho of Sidus (now SidusFNH), who's always been one of Korea's best producers and has great taste in films, on top of the list. And once again Kang Woo-Suk gets the second spot, after dropping out of Cinema Service's leadership and doing things on his own (officially).

Lee Joon-Ik made the biggest jump, as expected, with his 12+ Million tickets for 왕의 남자 (The King and The Clown), just like Jang Jin, whose role as a producer and co-founder of KnJ Entertainment with Kang Woo-Suk will probably allow him to rise up the rankings in the coming years. As for actors, as always Jang Dong-Gun grabs the top spot, although people like Ahn Sung-Gi and Choi Min-Shik still remain high for their involvement in the Screen Quota protests. And even the President gets a nod, a negative one that is, as his 'broken promise' created quite a few headaches in the industry, which will surely grow from July. [Cine21]

50. 신철/ 신씨네 대표 [Shin Cheol - President, ShinCine]
49. 김종도/ 나무액터스 대표 [Kim Jong-Do - President, Namu Actors]
48. 신상한/ 프라임엔터테인먼트 부사장 [Shin Sang-Han - Vice President, Prime Entertainment]
47. 이창동/ 감독 [Lee Chang-Dong - Director, Former Minister of Culture - 오아시스 (Oasis)]
46. 홍상수/ 감독 [Hong Sang-Soo - Director - 해변의 여인 (Woman on the Beach)]
45. 최용배/ 청어람 대표 [Choi Yong-Bae - President, Chungeorahm]
44. 김지운/ 감독 [Kim Jee-woon - Director - 멋진 신세계 (Doomsday Book)]
43. 석명홍/ 시네라인-투 대표 (Seok Myung-Hong - President, Cineline II]
42. 노무현/ 대통령 (Roh Mu-Hyeon - President, Republic of Korea]
41. 최민식/ 배우 [Choi Min-Shik - Actor - 친절한 금자씨 (Sympathy For Lady Vengeance)]
40. 이병헌/ 배우 [Lee Byung-Heon - Actor - 여름 이야기 (Summer Story)]
39. 양기환/ 스크린쿼터지키기영화인대책위 대변인 [Yang Gi-Hwan - Screen Quota Movement]
38. 정지영/ 감독· [Jung Ji-Young - Director, Screen Quota Movement Co-Director]
37. 김기덕/ 감독 [Kim Ki-Duk - Director - 시간 (Time)]
36. 이춘연/ 씨네2000 대표 (Lee Choon-Yeon - President, Cine2000]
35. 김동주/ 쇼이스트 대표 [Kim Dong-Joo - President, Show East]
34. 김형준/ 한맥영화 대표 [Johnatan Kim - President, Hanmac Films]
33. 송강호/ 배우 [Song Kang-Ho - Actor - 괴물 (The Host)]
32. 김명곤/ 문화관광부 장관 [Kim Myung-Gon - Former Actor, Current Minister of Culture]
31. 황정민/ 배우 [Hwang Jung-Min - Actor - 사생결단 (Bloody Tie)]
30. 문근영/ 배우 [Moon Geun-Young - Actress - 사랑따원 필요없어 (Love Me Not)]
29. 이영애/ 배우 [Lee Young-Ae - Actress - 친절한 금자씨 (Sympathy For Lady Vengeance)]
28. 김미희/ 싸이더스FNH 공동대표 [Kim Mi-Hee - Associate President, Sidus FNH]
27. 오기민/ 마술피리 대표·아이필름 공동대표 [Oh Gi-Min - Masulpiri/IFilm President]
26. 임권택/ 감독 [Im Kwon-Taek - Director - 천년학 (Thousand Year Crane)]
25. 장진/ 감독 [Jang Jin - Director - 거룩한 계보 (Countdown)]
24. 김인수/ 시네마서비스 대표 [Kim In-Soo - President, Cinema Service]
23. 정태원/ 태원엔터테인먼트 대표 [Jung Tae-Won - President, Taewon Entertainment]
22. 정태성/ 쇼박스 영화사업본부장 [Jung Tae-Sung - Showbox Film Marketing Director]
21. 안정숙/ 영화진흥위원회 위원장 [Ahn Jung-Sook - KOFIC]
20. 최완/ 아이엠픽쳐스 대표 [Choi Wan - President, IM Pictures]
19. 배용준/ 배우 [Bae Yong-Joon - Actor - 태왕사신기 (The Great King)]
18. 안성기/ 배우 [Ahn Sung-Gi - Actor, Screen Quota Movement - 한반도 (The Korean Peninsula)]
17. 봉준호/ 감독 [Bong Joon-Ho - Director - 괴물 (The Host)]
16. 오정완/ 영화사 봄 대표 [Oh Jung-Wan - President, Bom Films]
15. 이승재/ LJ필름 대표 [Lee Seung-Jae - President, LJ Films]
14. 이은/ MK픽처스 대표 [Lee Eun - President, MK Pictures]
13. 강제규/ 감독 [Kang Je-Gyu - Director - 태극기 휘날리며 (Taegukgi)]
12. 장동건/ 배우 [Jang Dong-Gun - Actor - 태풍 (Typhoon)]
11. 이준익 / 감독 [Lee Joon-Ik - Director, Cineworld President - 왕의 남자 (The King and The Clown)]

10. 김광섭/ 롯데시네마 대표 [Kim Gwang-Seop - President, Lotte Cinema]
09. 박동호/ CGV 대표 [Park Dong-Ho - President, CGV]
08. 김동호/ 부산국제영화제 집행위원장 [Kim Dong-Ho - PIFF]
07. 심재명/ MK픽처스 영화제작 부문 총괄사장 [Shim Jae-Myung - MK Pictures Film Production Director]
06. 정훈탁/ IHQ 대표 [Jung Hoon-Tak - President, iHQ]
05. 박찬욱/ 감독 [Park Chan-Wook - Director - 사이보그지만 괜찮아 (I'm a Cyborg, That's OK)]
04. 김주성/ CJ엔터테인먼트 대표 [Kim Ju-Seong - President, CJ Entertainment]
03. 김우택/ 쇼박스·메가박스 대표 [Kim Woo-Taek - President, Showbox/Megabox]
02. 강우석/ 감독 [Kang Woo-Suk - Director - 한반도 (The Korean Peninsula)]
01. 차승재/ 싸이더스FNH 대표 [Cha Seung-Jae - President, SidusFNH]

One of the most painful pages in Korean history was written on May 18, 1980, when the Gwangju Massacre grabbed the headlines. Students in protests against the Jeon Du-Hwan 'administration' were assaulted by armed forces who responded violently to their demonstrations. More than two thousand people (although government back then was saying they were closer to 300, figure which was contested by other sources years later) died between May 18 and 27, with many more injured, and emotional and psychological damages impossible to calculate. Although a few films and TV Dramas have tried to deal with the issue, most notably last year's 제5공화국 (The Fifth Republic), the classic 1995 SBS Drama 모래시계 (The Sandglass), Lee Chang-Dong's 박하사탕 (Peppermint Candy) and obviously the 1996 Jang Sun-Woo masterpiece 꽃잎 (A Petal), it's still very difficult to see it represented in popular media, as it's still fresh on people's minds.

But just like social satires dealing with the Park Jung-Hee regime started emerging in the last few years, with 효자동 이발사 (The President's Barber) and 그때 그사람들 (The President's Last Bang), 5/18 will get its own film pretty soon, and casting has been announced already. Ahn Sung-Gi, Lee Yo-Won from 패션 70s (Fashion Seventies) and the new star in town, Lee Joon-Gi of 왕의 남자 (The King and The Clown) will in fact lead 화려한 휴가 (A Great Holiday), which will use the most terrible week in Gwangju history as its main background. The film, directed by Kim Ji-Hoon of 목포는 한구다 (Mokpo, Gangster's Paradise) and produced by Kihwek Shidae, will star Lee Joon-Gi as a taxi driver, Ahn as the owner of the taxy company and a political activist in the Gwangju Democratic Movement, and Lee Yo-Won as his daughter. Rest of the excellent cast features Park Cheol-Min, Kim Sang-Kyung, Cha In-Pyo, Lee Han-Wi, Song Jae-Ho and Na Moon-Hee. Slated for a Spring 2007 release, the 10 Billion Won blockbuster A Great Holiday starts shooting in mid June. [Film2.0, Yahoo Korea]

A few weeks ago Ryu Seung-Beom announced his next role would be as a 'trash eating zombie', so Ryu Seung-Wan's Zombie Action flick 야차 (Yacha), which will start shooting later this year, seemed to be what he was hinting at. After all, even though the brothers recently announced they'd spend some time 'separated', to try and break the usual stigma that they need each other to function properly -- stigma which, just taking a quick look at 사생결단 (Bloody Tie) and 짝패 (The City of Violence) seems silly at best -- it's not like Zombie flicks are a popular genre in Korean Cinema, and Yacha was the only one on the horizon until now. The truth is Ryu will not star on his brother's next film, but the potentially great omnibus project 멋진 신세계 (Doomsday Book).

The 3.5 Billion film, produced by newcomers Lucy Film, will feature Kim Jee-woon of 달콤한 인생 (A Bittersweet Life) directing Chapter 1, a Sci-Fi Drama; Im Pil-Sung of 남극일기 (Antarctic Journal) will direct Chapter 2, a Horror; finally, Han Jae-Rim of 연애의 목적 (Rules of Dating) will take care of the final chapter, a Sci-Fi Musical. Ryu's zombie role will be in the horror by Im Pil-Sung, which if you've seen Antarctic Journal and especially his short films should prepare you for what kind of horror Director Im will give us. The film will start shooting from next month, and is set for an early 2007 release. [My Daily]

The life of legendary kisaeng 'Myeongwol' Hwang Jin-Yi has always been one of Korean Cinema's favourite stories to tell. From Bae Chang-Ho's 1986 version played by the great Jang Mi-Hee, to the straight to video 1996 one starring Ye Ji-Won in the lead role, there's a good dozen works using the life of one of Joseon's most controversial and popular figures. The latest in line is Jang Yoon-Hyun's 황진이 (Hwang Jin-Yi), which seems to have finally found its lead. The director of 접속 (The Contact), 텔 미 썸딩 (Tell Me Something) and 썸 (Some) and the producers Cine2000 offered the part to Song Hye-Gyo, who debuted in films with last year's 파랑주의보 (My Girl & I), after becoming a huge star all over Asia thanks to her roles in TV Dramas like 가을동화 (Autumn Fairy Tale), 올인 (All In) and 풀하우스 (Full House).

Although nothing has been signed yet, as Song and her management are looking at the synopsis of the film, it's expected she will sign a contract in the next few weeks. Rumours were circulating about Jang's choices, going from the plausible (Soo Ae) to the ridiculous (Jeon Ji-Hyun). Ridiculous obviously because this is not your average melodrama role, but a more 'mature' one, which would change Jeon's image too drastically and require her to risk losing her 'pure' image (which means lots of CF contracts, obviously). But doubts remain nonetheless, as Song is not exactly known for her acting skills, even though Jang got a pretty surprising performance out of Go Soo in Some, so he might repeat himself here. The film, unlike its predecessors, will focus on Hwang's life before her days as an 'entertainer', or at least the period which led her to make that decision, and is adapted from an award winning 2002 novel by North Korean writer Hong Seok-Joong. [Star News]


BOX OFFICE - April 28/30


사생결단 (Bloody Tie)
Official Website
2006 KOREA - dir. Choi Ho
[Cast: Hwang Jung-Min, Ryu Seung-Beom, Chu Ja-Hyun, Ha Hee-Ra]
Distributed By MK Pictures - Released on April 27
33.7% (New) Share - 2,364 (New) Per Screen Avg. - 363 Screens (New) Nationwide [78 in Seoul]
184,440 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
240,386 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
807,351 Tickets Sold Nationwide



맨발의 기봉이 (Barefoot Gi-Bong)
Official Website
2006 KOREA - dir. Kwon Su-Kyung
[Cast: Shin Hyun-Joon, Kim Soo-Mi, Tak Jae-Hoon]
Distributed By Showbox - Released on April 27
19.9% (New) Share - 1,676 (New) Per Screen Avg. - 332 Screens (New) Nationwide [65 in Seoul]
109,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
143,864 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
567,487 Tickets Sold Nationwide



도마뱀 (Love Phobia)
Official Website
2006 KOREA - dir. Kang Ji-Eun
[Cast: Kang Hye-Jung, Jo Seung-Woo, Kang Shin-Il, Byun Joo-Yeon]
Distributed By Cinema Service - Released on April 27
11.7% (New) Share - 932 (New) Per Screen Avg. - 303 Screens (New) Nationwide [69 in Seoul]
64,340 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
84,740 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
228,220 Tickets Sold Nationwide




달콤, 살벌한 연인 (My Scary Girl)
Official Website
2006 KOREA - dir. Son Jae-Gon
[Cast: Park Yong-Woo, Choi Kang-Hee, Jo Eun-Ji, Jung Kyung-Ho, Lee Hee-Do]
Distributed By CJ Entertainment - Released on April 6
11.3% (-13.1%) Share - 1,240 (-490) Per Screen Avg. - 190 Screens (-100) Nationwide [50 in Seoul]
62,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
668,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
2,068,000 Tickets Sold Nationwide



Ice Age 2
Official Website
2006 USA - dir. Carlos Saldanha
[Voices: Rey Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Queen Latifah]
Distributed By Fox Korea - Released on April 20
8.4% (-14.0%) Share - 807 (-663) Per Screen Avg. - 216 Screens (-52) Nationwide [57 in Seoul]
46,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
176,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
522,000 Tickets Sold Nationwide



Inside Man
Official Website
2006 USA - dir. Spike Lee
[Cast: Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen]
Distributed By UIP - Released on April 20
5.4% (-8.9%) Share - 810 (-649) Per Screen Avg. - 120 Screens (=) Nationwide [37 in Seoul]
30,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
116,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
282,000 Tickets Sold Nationwide



16 Blocks
Official Website
2006 USA - dir. Richard Donner
[Cast: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, Jenna Stern, Casey Sander]
Distributed By Lotte Entertainment - Released on April 20
3.4% (-6.9%) Share - 691 (-586) Per Screen Avg. - 133 Screens (-21) Nationwide [27 in Seoul]
18,680 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
87,831 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
271,012 Tickets Sold Nationwide



Official Website
2005 USA - dir. Cory Edwards
[Voices: Kim Soo-Mi, Kang Hye-Jung, No Hong-Cheol, Im Ha-Ryong, Lee Jang-Won]
Distributed By Showbox - Released on April 6
3.1% (-4.6%) Share - 606 (-547) Per Screen Avg. - 130 Screens (-18) Nationwide [28 in Seoul]
16,992 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
264,356 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
877,733 Tickets Sold Nationwide


Pride and Prejudice
Official Website
2006 UK - dir. Joe Wright
[Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn, Judi Dench]
Distributed By UIP Korea - Released on March 23
1.1% (N.A%) Share - 677 Per Screen Avg. - 24 Screens (-48) Nationwide [9 in Seoul]
6,100 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
403,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
911,000 Tickets Sold Nationwide



North Country
Official Website
2005 USA - Dir. Niki Caro
[Cast: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Renner]
Distributed By Warner Korea - Released on April 27
0.8% (New) Share - 321 Per Screen Avg. - 40 Screens (New) Nationwide [15 in Seoul]
3,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
4,500 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
9,800 Tickets Sold Nationwide


마이캡틴, 김대출 (My Captain, Kim Dae-Chul)
2006 KOREA - dir. [Cast: Jung Jae-Young, Lee Gi-Young, Jang Seo-Hee]
101,592 Tickets Sold Nationwide

망종 (Grain In Ear)
2006 KOREA - dir. Zhang Lu [Cast: Ju Gwang-Hyeon, Ryu Yeon-Hee]
2,091 Tickets Sold Nationwide

[Sources: KOFIC, nKino]

01. 6,105,431 - 투사부일체 (My Boss, My Teacher)
02. 2,575,999 - 음란서생 (Forbidden Quest)
03. 2,068,000 - 달콤, 살벌한 연인 (My Scary Girl)
04. 2,042,554 - 청춘만화 (Almost Love)
05. 1,858,668 - 구세주 (Oh! My God)
06. 1,824,822 - 흡혈형사 나도열 (Vampire Cop Ricky)
07. 1,458,896 - 홀리데이 (Holiday)
08. 1,313,727 - 싸움의 기술 (The Art of Fighting)
09. 1,021,639 - 데이지 (Daisy)
10. 1,016,152 - 야수 (Running Wild)
11. 807,351 - 사생결단 (Bloody Tie)
12. 740,489 - 방과후 옥상 (See You After School)
13. 680,207 - 여교수의 은밀한 매력 (Bewitching Attraction)
14. 629,596 - 백만장자의 첫사랑 (A Millionnaire's First Love)
15. 567,487 - 맨발의 기봉이 (Barefoot Gi-Bong)
16. 529,138 - 사랑을 놓치다 (Lost in Love)
17. 423,965 - 로망스 (Romance)
18. 228,220 - 도마뱀 (Love Phobia)
19. 172,693 - 손님은 왕이다 (The Customer Is Always Right)
20. 132,000 - 연리지 (Now and Forever)
21. 101,592 - 마이캡틴, 김대출 (My Captain, Kim Dae-Chul)
22. 83,293 - 카리스마 탈출기 (The Legend of 7 Cutter)
23. 46,239 - 썬데이 서울 (Sunday Seoul)
24. 13,606 - 다섯 개의 시선 (If You Were Me 2)
25. 7,998 - 마법사들 (The Magicians)
26. 4,703 - 모두들, 괜찮아요? (Family Matters)
27. 2,697 - 피터팬의 공식 (The Peter Pan Formula)
28. 2,091 - 망종 (Grain In Ear)
29. 1,630 - 눈부신 하루 (One Shining Day)
30. 1,508 - 신성일의 행방불명 (The Forgotten Child: Shin Sung Il Is Lost)
31. 741 - 달려라 장미 (Way to Go, Rose)
32. 21 - 창공으로... (To The Sky)


All Time Box Office Top 20 (Korean Films)

01. 왕의 남자 (The King and The Clown) - 12,298,280 [2005]
02. 태극기 휘날리며 (Taegukgi) - 11,746,135 [2004]
03. 실미도 (Silmido) - 11,108,000 [2003]
04. 친구 (Friend) - 8,180,000 [2001]
05. 웰컴 투 동막골 (Welcome To Dongmakgol) - 8,002,594 [2005]
06. 쉬리 (Shiri) - 6,210,000 [1999]
07. 투사부일체 (My Boss, My Teacher) - 6,105,431 [2006]
08. 공동경비구역 JSA (Joint Security Area) - 5,830,000 [2000]
09. 가문의 위기 (Marrying The Mafia 2) - 5,663,000 [2005]
10. 조폭 마누라 (My Wife is a Gangster) - 5,250,000 [2001]
11. 가문의 영광 (Marrying the Mafia) - 5,200,001 [2002]
12. 말아톤 (Marathon) - 5,148,022 [2005]
13. 살인의 추억 (Memories of Murder) - 5,120,000 [2003]
14. 엽기적인 그녀 (My Sassy Girl) - 4,841,500 [2001]
15. 동갑내기 과외하기 (My Tutor Friend) - 4,810,000 [2003]
16. 신라의 달밤 (Kick The Moon) - 4,353,800 [2001]
17. 태풍 (Typhoon) - 4,180,000 [2005]
18. 집으로 (The Way Home) - 4,091,000 [2002]
19. 색즉시공 (Sex is Zero) - 4,089,900 [2002]
20. 공공의 적 2 (Another Public Enemy) - 3,911,356 [2005]

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sueMay 4, 2006 9:38 PM

oh wow x's back, been checking this site daily for updates. welcome back :).

TomMay 5, 2006 1:34 AM

Hi X.

Where is your weekly report about Korean TV dramas? I missed it last week and this week.

Keep up the great work!


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Lucy Venus slimmer's WorldMay 5, 2006 2:02 AM

dear mr. x,

welcome back mr. x hope everything's fine with you and your family.

you take care and god bless you.

Isao KMay 5, 2006 6:33 AM

Great to have you back, X.

DOOMSDAY BOOK sounds like an awesome project. Looking forward to reading more about it.

xMay 5, 2006 6:45 AM


TV Dramas are getting their own Databank-like treatment starting next week. Kind of a complicated deal to explain, but I'll toss everything there, ratings, news, info.. all. Also long TV Drama reviews will go from weekly to 1 or 2 a month, and will focus on the real gems only (lots more classic stuff too. I'm reviewing a great Drama from the 70s/80s that came out on DVD a few months ago first). But all the other Dramas are getting something similar to the DVD Roundup, around once a month-6 weeks.

Thanks for waiting.