[Korean Box Office] I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK To Be Pulled

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Acclaimed South Korean director Park Chan-wook's new movie will be pulled from most local screens before the lucrative Christmas holiday due to disappointing box office results in its first two weeks, its distributor said Thursday. The romantic comedy "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" has so far drawn only 780,000 viewers, a market disappointment for the internationally-renowned director whose previous works topped well over 3 million. The film will be removed from about 280 screens nationwide and on most screens will be replaced by "The Restless", a martial arts epic set to be released this evening, CJ Entertainment said.

"Cyborg" had drawn international attention with the combination of a director who received the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2004 with "Old Boy" and Asian heartthrob Rain as its lead. "Usually, when we have an audience rating like this so far, it certainly won't pass one million", CJ Entertainment publicist Kim Yun-jeong said. "And there are many new movies being released this week". CJ distributes both "Cyborg" and "The Restless". Park himself said the film was the "kindest" movie he has ever produced, with the star casting and simple plot. Set in a psychiatric ward, it tells the story of two patients -- a girl who believes she is a cyborg and a boy who falls in love with her. Critics praised his experimental storytelling and stylish presentation, but audiences considered it too abstract and unapproachable to follow. In light of Park's fame, "Cyborg" topped box office charts for the first weekend, but it was now not even among the top 10 on Internet reservation sites. Hollywood blockbuster "Night at the Museum" led the box office chart, followed by "The Holiday" and Korean epic "The Restless" according to Interpark.com.

[Source: Yonhap News]

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BtoFuDecember 22, 2006 8:13 PM

Yikes. Well at least now his fans have a movie they can call 'underappreciated'.

hamDecember 22, 2006 8:22 PM

lady vengeance doesnt count? all ive been hearing is, it wasnt oldboy. it wasnt oldboy.

jasonDecember 22, 2006 10:47 PM

that's a shame. i guess this is what happens when you flip flop genres in the korean movie industry (not so much in america, though). just stick to what you're best at and known for and you'll be ok.

ChrisDecember 23, 2006 12:03 AM

Well, I'm still interested in seeing it. For me, Lady Vengeance was quite underwhelming. It'll be nice to see Wook try something different.

jiggamanDecember 23, 2006 12:55 AM

lol, the trailer wreaked of over-pretenciousness

Elliot G. of TokyomonstersDecember 23, 2006 2:14 AM

Well now, that's fairly disappointing. Bleh.

FiveTalentsDecember 23, 2006 6:04 AM

This makes me sad. I hope this doesn't discourage Park Chan-wook from trying new things.

TrubaDecember 23, 2006 8:07 AM

too sad :(

swarezDecember 23, 2006 9:16 AM

It is surpricing that the viewing public hasn't been showing up. Maybe they are tired of romantic comedies or the film is simply no good. How have the reviews been?