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Despite the rather low-profile non-blockbuster status, KEYS TO THE HEART exceeded expectation and received both critical & commercial acclaim at the Korean box-office. When some were quick to label it unsuccessful, it's actually one of the very few 2018 movies that broke even as many of the other highly-anticipated Korean films have failed to do so.

 

March 20, 2018

 

Korean Box Office Sees Slight Drop in Sales in January 2018
With 61.3% Market Share, Korean Films Dominate Box Office

 

by SONG Soon-jin / KoBiz

 

The Korean box office figures for January 2018 were released. Although Korean films like Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) did well in January, the total sales of the Korean film industry retreated slightly, according to the January 2018 Report on the Korean Film Industry by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC, Chairman OH Seok Geun).

 

According to the report, the number of attendees and the total sales in January 2018 were 22.94 million and USD 171.6 million, respectively. The number of audiences declined by 310,000 or 1.3% from the same time last year, while total sales decreased by USD 5.3 million (3.0%). Fortunately, the box office successes of domestic films like Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, 1987: When the Day Comes and Keys to the Heart led to a 61.3% market share. In January, the number of domestic film viewers was 14.06 million, up 10% from a year ago while ticket sales were USD 10.56 million with an increase of 8.8%. However, despite good performances from Disney’s animated film Coco and fantasy action movie Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the number of foreign film viewers and ticket sales were 8.88 million and USD 66 million, taking only 38.7% market share. This was a decline of 16.0% and 17.4% from a year ago.

 

Of the top ten grossing movies, five were Korean movies and the rest were from Hollywood. Korean fantasy blockbuster Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds topped the box office, collecting 5.51 million moviegoers, followed by Korean political drama 1987: When the Day Comes with 5.16 million moviegoers. Disney’s Coco and Korean family drama Keys to the Heart came in third and fourth places, attracting 2.73 million and 2.29 million filmgoers, respectively. However, franchise films such as 20th Century Fox Korea’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle didn’t meet expectations in Korea. In the specialty films category, bestseller-based movie Wonder (2017) and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (2017) took first and second places, bringing 151,000 and 29,000 moviegoers. Among low-budget domestic movies, documentary films Myeoneuri: My Son's Crazy Wife and For Vagina’s Sake sold 7,000 and 5,000 tickets, respectively.

 

Source: mm2 Entertainment Singapore @mm2singapore

 

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March 22, 2018

 

ARENA Homme Plus: Lee Byung Hun x DuPont April Pictorial

 

Source: Xportsnews ++

 

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The Sweet Life with Hunnie Couple #MJBH #Byunghun #Minjung #Love

 

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BH Entertainment releasing their ZOOM version covering the ARENA x S.T. DuPont photoshoot featuring Lee Byung Hun.

 

Source: BH Entertainment @bhent_official


Published on March 23, 2018 by BH Entertainment

 

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March 23, 2018

 

March Movie Actor Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

 

Source: Soompi by  D. Kim

 

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The Korean Business Research Institute has published March’s results for brand reputation rankings among movie actors!

 

The Institute analyzed 186,994,906 sources of data on 50 actors from February 22 to March 23 in the categories of participation, media coverage, communication, and community awareness.

 

Son Ye Jin topped this month’s brand reputation rankings with a total score of 11,191,240. Her “Be With You” co-star So Ji Sub followed up in second place with a total score of 9,867,251, and Gong Yoo came in third place with a score of 9,042,543.

 

A source from the Institute revealed that Son Ye Jin was highly associated with the keywords “So Ji Sub” and “Be With You” as she came in first place this month.

 

The top 30 rankings are as follows:

 

1. Son Ye Jin
2. So Ji Sub
3. Gong Yoo
4. Kim Tae Ri
5. Lee Seung Gi
6. Oh Yeon Seo
7. Jin Ki Joo
8. Park Seo Joon
9. Park Hae Jin
10. Jung Woo
11. Ryu Jun Yeol
12. Kim Kang Woo
13. Kim Soo Hyun
14. Jang Dong Gun
15. Lee Byung Hun
16. Yoo In Young
17. Park Ki Woong
18. Lee Jong Suk
19. Kim Ok Bin
20. Kim Hyun Soo
21. Park Sun Young
22. Kang Dong Won
23. Bae Jong Ok
24. Lee Sung Min
25. Kwak Do Won
26. Kim Sang Kyung
27. Jun Ji Hyun
28. Kim Hee Ae
29. Lee Jung Hyun
30.Yoon Yeo Jung


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BHMJ's friend at their house watching A Bittersweet Life and Terminator Genisys?

 

Photos: Hyunseok Choi @hyunseokch

 

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March 20, 2018

 

[FILM REVIEW] Keys To The Heart (2018)

 

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If you’re looking for a film to satisfy your demand for warm fuzzy feelings, look no further. ‘Keys To The Heart’ is a heartwarming movie that will bring a smile to your face by the end of the film.

 

The movie revolves around two brothers Kim Jo Ha (Lee Byung Hun) and Oh Jin Tae (Park Jung Min) as they struggle to get along despite their differences and accept each other as family. Keys To The Heart will warm your heart with its formulaic plot line.

 

A has-been boxer Jo Ha resents his mother Joo In Sook (Yoon Yuh Jung) for leaving him years ago with his abusive father. However one day, he meets her on the streets by chance and takes up her offer to come live with her and his autistic younger brother Jin Tae.

 

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Jin Tae is a musical savant who is impossible to dislike with his innocent demeanor and childish tendencies. However, he possesses a great talent for playing the piano and video games.

 

Both brothers initially have conflict, further fueled by In Sook’s bias towards Jin Tae due to his autism. This causes a deeper rift between In Sook and Jo Ha, despite In Sook’s wishes to reconcile with her son. Jo Ha merely sees her as a person who provides free food and lodging.

 

One day, In Sook tells Jo Ha to take care of his younger brother as she is leaving Seoul to work in Busan for a month. Both brothers then learn to accept and live with each other despite having nothing in common except for their mother and a pianist named Han Ga Yul.

 

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The film is easy to follow and has a simple plot line that warms the heart. As the film progresses, it gets slightly cliche but redeems itself by showcasing the relationship between a mother and her sons. The rapport between both brothers could have been developed further but it suffices with the main focus being a mother-son movie.

 

Looking past the could-haves, while Lee Byung Hun never disappoints with his veteran acting skills, Park Jung Min was the one who shone and awed the audience with his portrayal as a man with level 2 autism. He paid attention to the slightest actions and details to make it a good portrayal, one that would deeply move and touch the audience. Just an ending note, you might want to get your tissues ready before-hand!

 

Running Time: 121 minutes
The Seoul Story’s Ratings: 3.8/5 

 

We would like to extend our huge thanks to mm2 Entertainment for the invite to the movie premiere! 

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March 27, 2018

 

Brussels Fantastic Film Festival to Screen 11 Works from Korea

ALONG WITH THE GODS and HOUSE OF THE DISAPPEARED to Compete in 36th BIFFF

 

by Pierce Conran / KoBiz

 

This year’s 36th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival will screen 11 Korean films when it kicks off on April 3 for its 13-day run. 

 

KIM Yong-hwa’s fantasy epic Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), which became the second most successful Korean movie of all time following its release last December, has been invited to the festival’s ‘International Competition’ section. LIM Dae-woong’s mystery-thriller House of the Disappeared (2017), with KIM Yun-jin, is also in the competition lineup.

 

Meanwhile, Jay SONG’s The Nightmare (2017) will have its world premiere in Belgium in BIFFF’s 7th Orbit Competition section. The film features OH Ji-ho as a director who writes a screenplay to deal with the death of his daughter.

 

BIFFF’s ‘Thriller Competition’ will feature LEE An-gyu’s gangster action-drama A Special Lady (2017) with KIM Hye-soo, which debuted at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival last year, where it picked up the Focus Asia Award for Best Asian Film, KIM Tae-yun’s judicial drama New Trial (2017) with KANG Ha-neul and JUNG Woo and WON Shin-yun’s serial killer thriller MEMOIR OF A MURDERER (2017) with SUL Kyung-gu.

 

Brussels is also screening three works by acclaimed genre cineaste KIM Jee-woon, including his revenge drama I Saw the Devil (2010), his period action-thriller The Good, The Bad, And The Weird (2008) and his mystery-horror A Tale of Two Sisters (2003).

 

BIFFF will also screen KWAK Kyung-taek’s supernatural thriller RV: Resurrected Victims (2017) led by KIM Rae-won.

 

Art by young_e99_

 

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Thanks to the fan-highlight on twitter. Posted by Ahn So Hee on her IG (3/18), behind-the-scenes pics from SINGLE RIDER in Sydney.

 

Photos: Ahn Sohee @ssoheean

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Happy news, a little off-topic at the thread ~

 

One of LBH's longtime friends and co-stars, CHOI JI WOO just got married today. Finally, finding their Beautiful Days for both actors. :wub:

 

Since CJW's husband is a non-celebrity and the wedding was held for only family members, we won't see BHMJ attending the ceremony as JW did for them in 2013.

 

March 29, 2018

 

Choi Ji-woo’s wedding garners attention in and out of Korea

Actress Choi Ji-woo’s surprise announcement about her wedding hours before the ceremony Thursday has garnering a significant amount of interest from the public. 

 

A local news agency revealed a photo compilation of Choi in a wedding dress. As the wedding ceremony is private, the public wondered about the star’s dress. The news agency, searching through old drama series, found shots of Choi wearing a white dress. 

 

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Numerous Japanese media outlets reported on the news saying “The great actress is getting married.” Japanese fans congratulated the actress via online comments. 

 

Choi gained exceptional fame in Japan through her role in the drama series “Winter Sonata” in 2002. 

 

As her husband is not a celebrity, many are curious about him. A clip of Choi mentioning her ideal type has become of great interest to the public again. 

 

In an interview with a local network in September 2013, she said, “I prefer a person that I can talk with well, and someone that I can respect. If the person isn’t boring, it would be better.” 

 

By Im Eun-byel (silverstar@heraldcorp.com

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MJBH: Junhoo-ya, Congratulations on your third birthday!

 

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Actress Lee Min Jung highlighted her son's birthday on Instagram. With the tag #hbd, the actress posted photos of a birthday cake and decorations to celebrate Lee Jun Hoo's 3rd birthday on March 31.  A special gift of Robot Taekwon V had adorned the center stage of the birthday boy's much awaited big day.

 

Lee Min Jung married actor Lee Byung Hun in 2013 and their son was born 2 years later.

 

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Really glad that BHMJ's good buddy would always post pics from their meet-ups. These are more pics from little Junhoo's birthday party held today. His Appa & Omma definitely planned a nice feast to celebrate our birthday boy's special day.

 

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Thanks to the fans' highlight on twitter ~

 

April 2, 2018

 

6/22 Castle of Destiny

THE FORTRESS Japanese Trailer and Poster Released!

 

Source: Korepo.com // moviecollectionjp

 

 

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April 3, 2018

 

Webcomic Series to the Big Screen
7 Highest-grossing Movies Based on Webcomic Series

 

by HWANG Hee-yun / KoBiz

 

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In Korea, one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world regarding Internet access, people have been used to read comics on websites for a while. The early webcomic series, which were more visual than the recent ones, have been considered a good source of content for films from the beginning. KANG Full’s webcomic series are the most popular. As one of the first webtoonists, KANG Full drew a lot of attention when his works were first made into films, despite his early series being not very successful. Starring KO So-young, horror movie A.P.T (2006) attracted 644,893 moviegoers, while emotional melodrama Crush On You (2008) and Ba:Bo (2008) drew respectively only 730,343 and 974,554 moviegoers. Those results were quite disappointing in comparison of KANG Full's reputation for solid stories, quick development, and emotional codes.

 

However, films based on webtoons have spurred great growth since 2010. Low-budget film Late Blossom (2011) did well, attracting 1,645,126 moviegoers, and political drama 26 Years (2012) as well as thriller The Neighbors (2012) attracted about 2.5 to 3 million moviegoers each. Moss (2010) and Inside Men (2015) based on YOON Tae-ho’s webcomic series, as well as Secretly Greatly (2013) from CHOI Jong-hoon’s series were box office successes, marking an important step for webcomic series as an original content form in the film industry. Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), which ranks second in all-time box office in Korea, sparked the interest for webtoons once again. Although the latest webtoon-based releases such as The Chase (2017) and Cheese in the Trap were rather unsuccessful, the Korean film industry remains widely interested in popular webtoons.

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April 4, 2018

 

Keys to the Heart film review: Lee Byung-hun, Park Jung-min play estranged brothers in engrossing Korean comedy-drama


Edmund Lee South China Morning Post

 

As predictable as the heart-warming plot may be, director Choi Sung-hyun has created a captivating film about a man who is reunited with his estranged mother, and subsequently, his autistic half-brother he never knew he had


3.5/5 stars

 


Soon after washed-up boxer Jo-ha (Lee Byung-hun) is fired from his job for his uncontrollable temper, the middle-aged loser is coincidentally reunited with his long-lost mother, In-sook (Youn Yuh-jung), who left Jo-ha and his violent father when he was a teenager. Eager for a free place to crash, but still holding onto a grudge against his ageing mother, Jo-ha must also learn to live with – and care for – Jin-tae (Park Jung-min), his autistic half-brother that he’s never met..

 

While the outcome is predictable, Keys to the Heart does engage with its uniformly likeable cast, as well as Choi’s seamless ability to weave melodramatic revelations into the plot. Coincidence plays a huge part in the storyline; consider the fact that Jin-tae is a piano prodigy who happens to idolise an acquaintance that Jo-ha has just made. Despite this, there’s no denying the emotional power of this well-executed drama, right up to its poignant climax at a concert hall.

 

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April 5, 2018

 

Castle of Destiny: Japanese flyers for THE FORTRESS

 

Photos: みずさわ @sf0710x

 

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