[K-Film News & Box Office] May 22

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After the monster success of last Summer's 내 이름은 김삼순 (My Lovely Sam-Soon), box office queen Kim Seon-Ah has finally chosen her next project, and it's a little surprising. Usually starring in comedies, Kim will star in her first thriller, Yoon Jae-Goo's 목요일의 아이 (Thursday's Child), which is starting its shoot this August. Kim has always been a fan of police procedural and thrillers, so she made her final choice based on that. In the film, Kim plays a lawyer working against the clock for a brutal killer, who kidnapped her daughter to ensure she'll try her best to protect him (to save her daughter, obviously). Kim receives a call from the killer one day, saying that if she wants to find her daughter alive, she'll have to win an appeal for a condemned criminal in a week. Although Kim already had 'serious' roles in the past, like her supporting role in the Sci-Fi Blockbuster 예스터데이(Yesterday), this is the first time she tries her hand at a thriller. This is Director Yoon's film debut, and although there's no word yet on release, it should be around Christmas/early 2007. [nKino]

And since we're talking about Sam-Soon, it's been announced PD Kim Yoon-Cheol, the man behind last year's MBC Drama, will make his directing debut. Kim will infact lead 안녕 아니야 (It's Not a Goodbye), a romantic comedy written by Hwang In-Ho of 시실리 2km (To Catch a Virgin Ghost) and 도마뱀 (Love Phobia). Kim received about 50 scripts to choose from, and while most of them were romcoms, he said he'll try to make a film in line with Working Title's works, with a mix of reality and warmth thrown in the mix. Kim is a MFA from Calarts, and won prizes at the Montecarlo Film Festival for his HD Drama 늪 (The Swamp). The film will start casting soon, and then enter shooting from next month. [nKino]

We talked a little last week about the upcoming Omnibus project by Kim Jee-woon, Im Pil-Sung and Han Jae-Rim, but more details leaked out this week. First, the [Korean] title, which will be 인류멸망 보고서 (Doomsday Book) -- 멋진 신세계 (A Cool New World) was just the name of one of the parts. This is one of the few SF projects in the making, in a country rarely associated with the genre. We start with 천상의 피조물 (Heaven's Creation), which is a surrealist story about a Robot working at a temple and his road to enlightenment in a futuristic world populated by robots and humans -- sort of A.I. meets 달마야 놀자 (Hi, Dharma), I'm guessing -- and is directed by Kim Jee-woon of 달콤한 인생 (A Bittersweet Life) and 장화, 홍련 (A Tale of Two Sisters). The interesting thing here is not so much that Kim Gang-Woo, who's been cast in the film, was chosen for his excellent work in Jung Jae-Eun's 태풍태양 (The Aggressives). No, Kim wanted him already for A Bittersweet Life (I'm guessing in Eric Moon's role, although I could be wrong), but because of The Aggressives he couldn't. Kim was Director Kim's first choice for the role.

Second part is 멋진 신세계 (A Cool New World), from Im Pil-Sung, the director of last year's fantastic 남극일기 (Antarctic Journal). This is the zombie film Ryu Seung-Beom was cast in a couple of weeks ago, and Ryu Seung-Wan's brother will star as a trash eating young zombie, with a mix of black comedy and 'hardcore action'. The final part 크리스마스 선물 (Christmas Gift) is a SF Musical adapted from an O. Henry short novel, about a couple of lovers' primal desires emerging when confronted with their last chance to escape Earth before its downfall. The film is directed by Han Jae-Rim, who not only directed last year's delightful 연애의 목적 (Rules of Dating), but is also working on Song Kang-Ho's next, 우아한 세계 (A Wonderful World). The interesting thing? Legendary Japanese Music Director Kanno Yoko is on board for this (!!). Each part will have a budget of 1.5 Billion Won, and the first two will start shooting this month (the musical in June), for an early 2007 release. Those in Cannes might get a few more infos about the film, as Lucy Film is starting pre-sales at the Cannes Film Market right now. We'll follow this film in depth, as it looks quite interesting. [nKino, Star News, Star News, Film2.0]


[Film2.0], [KOBIS], [nKino]


The Da Vinci Code
Official Website
2006 USA - dir. Ron Howard
[Cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Paul Bettany]
Distributed By Sony Pictures - Released on May 18
51.8% (New) Share - 3,366 (New) Per Screen Avg. - 480 Screens (New) Nationwide [136 in Seoul]
306,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
450,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
1,410,000 Tickets Sold Nationwide



Mission: Impossible 3
Official Website
2006 USA - dir. J. J. Abrams
[Cast: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laurence Fishburne, Maggie Q]
Distributed By UIP - Released on May 4
26.6% (-25.4%) Share - 1,887 (-580) Per Screen Avg. - 404 Screens (-42) Nationwide [98 in Seoul]
149,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
1,362,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
4,189,000 Tickets Sold Nationwide



가족의 탄생 (Familiy Ties)
Official Website
2006 KOREA - dir. Kim Tae-Yong
[Cast: Moon So-Ri, Eom Tae-Woong, Go Doo-Shim, Gong Hyo-Jin, Bong Tae-Gyu]
Distributed By Lotte Entertainment - Released on May 18
5.6% (New) Share - 1,090 (New) Per Screen Avg. - 177 Screens (New) Nationwide [36 in Seoul]
39,240 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
45,939 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
139,163 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
5.1% (-10.8%) Share - 1,998 (-1,230) Per Screen Avg. - 245 Screens (-35) Nationwide [44 in Seoul]
33,800 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
504,691 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
2,221,131 Tickets Sold Nationwide



Final Destination 3
Official Website
2006 USA - dir. James Wong
[Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman, Kris Lemche, Amanda Crew, Alexz Johnson]
Distributed By MK Pictures - Released on May 11
3.0% (-7.9%) Share - 766 (-879) Per Screen Avg. - 134 Screens (-12) Nationwide [32 in Seoul]
26,815 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
141,646 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
344,957 Tickets Sold Nationwide



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
2.7% (-7.0%) Share - 486 (-688) Per Screen Avg. - 198 Screens (-62) Nationwide [41 in Seoul]
19,961 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
624,225 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
2,061,419 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
2.6% (+2.1%) Share - 1,235 (+945) Per Screen Avg. - 43 Screens (-21) Nationwide [13 in Seoul]
17,303 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
315,776 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
1,036,407 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
1.0% Share - 439 Per Screen Avg. - 67 Screens Nationwide [14 in Seoul]
6,150 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
287,350 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
909,830 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
0.5% (-1%) Share - 266 (-376) Per Screen Avg. - 15 Screens (-42) Nationwide [6 in Seoul]
1,700 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Weekend)
762,000 Tickets Sold in Seoul (Total)
2,286,000 Tickets Sold Nationwide



공필두 (A Big Match)
Official Website
2006 KOREA - dir. Gong Jung-Shik
[Cast: Lee Moon-Shik, Kim Yoo-Mi, Kim Roi-Ha, Byun Hee-Bong, Choi Yeo-Jin]
Distributed By CJ Entertainment - Released on May 11
0.1% (-3.1%) Share - 57 (-477) Per Screen Avg
570,000 Tickets Sold Nationwide


[Sources: KOFIC, nKino]

01. 6,105,431 - 투사부일체 (My Boss, My Teacher)
02. 2,575,999 - 음란서생 (Forbidden Quest)
03. 2,286,000 - 달콤, 살벌한 연인 (My Scary Girl)
04. 2,221,131 - 맨발의 기봉이 (Barefoot Gi-Bong)
05. 2,042,554 - 청춘만화 (Almost Love)
06. 2,061,419 - 사생결단 (Bloody Tie)
07. 1,858,668 - 구세주 (Oh! My God)
08. 1,824,822 - 흡혈형사 나도열 (Vampire Cop Ricky)
09. 1,458,896 - 홀리데이 (Holiday)
10. 1,313,727 - 싸움의 기술 (The Art of Fighting)
11. 1,021,639 - 데이지 (Daisy)
12. 1,016,152 - 야수 (Running Wild)
13. 740,489 - 방과후 옥상 (See You After School)
14. 680,207 - 여교수의 은밀한 매력 (Bewitching Attraction)
15. 629,596 - 백만장자의 첫사랑 (A Millionnaire's First Love)
16. 570,000 - 공필두 (A Big Match)
17. 529,138 - 사랑을 놓치다 (Lost in Love)
18. 423,965 - 로망스 (Romance)
19. 372,050 - 도마뱀 (Love Phobia)
20. 234,000 - 국경의 남쪽 (Over The Border)
21. 172,693 - 손님은 왕이다 (The Customer Is Always Right)
22. 139,163 - 가족의 탄생 (Family Ties)
23. 132,000 - 연리지 (Now and Forever)
24. 107,652 - 마이캡틴, 김대출 (My Captain, Kim Dae-Chul)
25. 83,293 - 카리스마 탈출기 (The Legend of 7 Cutter)
26. 46,239 - 썬데이 서울 (Sunday Seoul)
27. 13,606 - 다섯 개의 시선 (If You Were Me 2)
28. 7,998 - 마법사들 (The Magicians)
29. 4,703 - 모두들, 괜찮아요? (Family Matters)
30. 2,091 - ÎßùÏ¢Ö (Grain In Ear)
31. 2,084 - 피터팬의 공식 (The Peter Pan Formula)
32. 1,630 - 눈부신 하루 (One Shining Day)
33. 1,508 - 신성일의 행방불명 (The Forgotten Child: Shin Sung Il Is Lost)
34. 783 - 달려라 장미 (Way to Go, Rose)
35. 25 - 창공으로... (Blue 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. ÌÉúÌíç (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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