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January 7, 2016

Korean Box Office Hits New Milestone in 2015
Korean Exhibition Industry Sets New Benchmark for 5th Consecutive

by Pierce Conran / KoBiz

2015 proved to be another record-breaking year for box office in Korea as ticket sales reached a new peak, making it the fifth year on the trot that a new benchmark has been set. Despite a slow start to the year and the negative effect of the MERS Crisis on theater attendance, a strong second half and some major hits, including four films that went over the ten million viewer threshold (Ode to My Father, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Assassination and Veteran), catapulted the Korean box office to its best year ever.
 
All told, 217.23 million tickets were sold, which averaged out to 4.23 theater visits per capita in 2015, one of the highest film attendance rates in the world. The figure was up from 2015’s 215.07 million and represented the third time that theater attendance has topped 200 million admissions in Korea.
 
Ticket sales also reached a new peak in local currency for the seventh consecutive year, reaching KRW 1.72 trillion, however, poor exchange rates this year kept the dollar value (USD 1.46 billion) below 2014’s record USD 1.52 billion.
 
Local films accounted for 52% of the total, with 112.93 million admissions, which was the second best ever performance for Korean films, behind 2013’s 127.23 million viewers. ticket sales reached KRW 879.6 billion (USD 748.18 million), over last year’s KRW 820.63 billion (USD 751.49 million) from 107.7 million viewers. 

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January 11, 2016

Outraged stars to fight cyber bullies

Source: The Korea Times

Celebrities and their agencies are getting bolder with cyber bullies, having determined to fight in court those spreading false facts and slandering the stars.

Singer Junsu from K-pop boy band JYJ said he would legally challenge cyber bullies who slandered him and spread false information, according to the singer's management company C-Jes Entertainment, Saturday. The online attacks reportedly increased after it was confirmed this month that he was dating singer Honey from girl group EXID.

The company said it would identify and sue the bullies for defamation.

"Our lawyer will analyze digital traces left by the bullies and decide whether to file a suit with the prosecutors' office or to report the matter to Gangnam cyber police," Yonhap news agency quoted a company official as saying.

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Lee Jung-jae in a scene from movie "Assassination" (2015)

Actor Lee Jung-jae, also from the company, sued 50 cyber bullies in Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in November 2015 on charges of spreading false information. The bullies began to attack Lee after it was confirmed last January he was dating a daughter of Daesang's chairman.

FNC Entertainment, which handles popular K-pop bands and top comedians like AOA, FT Island, CNBLUE and Yoo Jae-seok, released a press release Monday, warning cyber bullies.

Denouncing the bullies' baseless arguments and personally harassing comments, the company said the bullies hurt not just the stars, but their families and friends.

In the past, stars tended to forgive cyber bullies, considering their attacks "a sign of interest." But the language has become violent and extreme. 

For example, after singer Hong Jin-young revealed that she had a colon polyp, cyber bullies said they were "disappointed it wasn't cancer." 

aoshima11@ktimes.com,

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February 3, 2016

South Korea box office hits record high in 2015

BY JEAN NOH ScreenDaily

Theatrical box office was up 3.1% while admissions also grew; local films took 52% of admissions.

South Korea box office hits record high in 2015

South Korea’s film industry grew 4.2% last year to rack up a record KW2.1 trillion ($1.7bn), according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). The governmental organization says the growth is due to increase in box office and ancillary sales.

Theatrical box office was up 3.1% to a record $1.4bn (KW1.71 trillion).

Admissions also went up 1% to a record 217 million, meaning South Koreans saw an average of 4.22 films per person last year. Overall, local films took 52% of admissions in 2015. Local films clocked up 112 million admissions, up 4.9% from the previous year, while foreign films took 104 million, down 2.8%.

TV and internet VOD demand contributed to the growth of the digital online market which saw a 12.7% jump to $270m (KW334.9bn). IPTV grew 15.7% to make up for 78% of ancillary markets, while internet VOD grew 16.7% compared to 2014.

According to KOFIC, exports for the Korean film industry were down 12% to $55.5m due to less demand for local film servicing from international productions, such as the location shoot for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

However, sales for completed films went up 11.3% to $29.3 million. This was made up of $16.8m for contracts signed in 2015 plus overages from films previously sold.

The latter saw a massive 62% jump to $12.5m due to increases in foreign box office receipts and profits from films sold to China in 2014 that saw additional sales in ancillary markets.

A total of 121 more films than 2014 sold overseas, bringing last year’s total to 650 films exported.

Box Office Top 10

(title/country/admissions/distributor)

1. Veteran (S. Korea) 13.4 million, CJ E&M
2. Assassination (S. Korea) 12.7 million, Showbox
3. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (US) 10.4 million, Walt Disney Company Korea
4. Ode To My Father (S. Korea) 8.9 million, CJ E&M
5. Inside Men (S. Korea) 7.2 million, Showbox
6. The Throne (S. Korea) 6.2 million, Showbox
7. Kingsman: The Secret Service (UK-US) 6.1 million, 20th Century Fox Korea
8. Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation (US) 6.1 million, Lotte Entertainment
9. Northern Limit Line (S. Korea) 6 million, NEW
10. Jurassic World (US) 5.5 million, Universal Pictures International Korea

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February 25, 2016

Forbes Korea Reveals Top 40 “Power Celebrities” of 2016, EXO Keeps Top Spot

Source: Soompi by crystalcove

Forbes Korea releases their list of the “Top 40 ‘Power Celebrities of’ 2016.” The list is curated in consideration of sales, frequency of media exposure, and evaluation of expertise.

Idol boy group EXO tops the list for the second year in a row. This year, actor Yoo Ah In follows in second place, seeing success with the film “Veteran” and drama “Six Flying Dragons.” Girl’s Day member Hyeri is in third place, having starred in the hit cable drama “Reply 1988″ and becoming a “Queen of CFs” with eight commercials filmed last year and 10 more coming up.

“Nation’s MC” Yoo Jae Suk rises to 15th place from 21st last year. Fellow emcees Kim Gura and Jun Hyun Moo are new entries into the ranking. Actor Lee Kwang Soo is also new, having become a Hallyu star through the success of “Running Man” in Asia.

Girls’ Generation, sports star Kim Yuna, BIGBANG, and Yoo Jae Suk have been in this ranking for eight years in a row.

See the complete list below.

1. EXO (singer)
2. Yoo Ah In (actor)
3. Hyeri (singer)
4. Girls’ Generation (singer)
5. Kim Soo Hyun (actor)
6. BIGBANG (singer)
7. Park In Bee (Inbee Park) (athlete)
8. Jun Ji Hyun (actor)
9. IU (singer)
10. Kang Jung Ho (athlete)
11. Cha Seung Won (actor)
12. SHINee (singer)
13. Kim Yuna (Yuna Kim) (athlete)
14. Hwang Jung Min (actor)
15. Yoo Jae Suk (MC)
16. Son Heung Min  (athlete)
17. Choo Shin Soo (athlete)
18. Ryu Hyun Jin (athlete)
19. Son Yeon Jae (athlete)
20. AOA (singer)
21. Baek Jong Won (cuisine researcher)
22. Yoo Hae Jin (actor)
23. Ha Jung Woo (actor)
24. Lee Jung Jae (actor)
25. Kim Gura (MC)
26. Girl’s Day (singer)
27. Shin Dong Yup (MC)
28. SISTAR (singer)
29. Ki Sung Yueng (athlete)
30. Lee Kwang Soo (actor)
31. Lee Min Ho (actor)
32. Taeyeon (singer)
33. Seolhyun (singer)
34. Zico (singer)
35. Zion.T (singer)
36. Jun Hyun Moo (MC)
37. Hani (singer)
38. Oh Dal Soo (actor)
39. Suzy (singer)
40. Lee Byung Hun (actor)

The interview with Hyeri and the profiles of the top 40 will be available in the March issue of Forbes Korea.

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March 8, 2016

‘Operation Chromite’ drops teaser poster

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A new poster of the Korean War blockbuster film “Operation Chromite” was revealed on Tuesday.

It has both Korean and English titles, and also depicts many soldiers in the background who seem to be advancing toward the enemy.

The flick has garnered much attention after it was confirmed that famous actor Liam Neeson would star in the movie, and his stills were unveiled ahead of this poster.

Neeson took the role of famed U.S. General Douglas MacArthur who made a great contribution to liberating South Korea during Korean War.

It portrays heroic Korean troopers who carried out a secret operation called “X-ray” that preceded the Operation Chromite, widely known as Incheon Landing Operation.

Other cast members include actors Lee Jung-jae, Lee Bum-soo, Jung Jun-ho and actress Jin Se-yun.

The film will premiere this year, but the exact date has not been confirmed yet.

By Kim Soo-hyang (shkim@heraldcorp.com)

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March 18, 2016

War blockbuster ‘Operation Chromite’ wraps up filming

Hollywood actor Liam Neeson and actor Lee Jung-jae, the cast members of Korean War flick “Operation Chromite” have wrapped up their four-month movie shoot. 

The film’s distributor CJ E&M on Friday said the flick finished filming at the movie set in Hapcheon, South Gyeongsang Province. 

“Operation Chromite,” named after the code name for the Battle of Incheon, centers on the invasion and battle during the Korean War that turned the tide of the war in favor of South Korea and the U.N. forces. Neeson plays the role of U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who was behind the operation. Lee takes the role of Jang Hak-su, a South Korean naval captain who headed the spy operation called X-Ray, which preceded Operation Chromite.

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Lee Jung-jae and director Lee Jae-han (CJ E&M)

“I participated in the filming full-heartedly, trying to pour the moving emotion into the film, which I felt when I read the script for the first time. I hope this sentiment will be traced in the film and conveyed to the viewers,” said Lee. 

Actor Lee Bum-soo joins the cast as the North Korean officer, along with actor Jung Joon-ho and actress Jin Se-yun. 

The flick is directed by Lee Jae-han, also known as John H. Lee, who is behind “A Moment to Remember” and “71: Into the Fire.” 

The blockbuster war flick opens in theaters sometime this year. 

By Ahn Sung-mi (sahn@heraldcorp.com)

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March 21, 2016

‘Assassination’ may release in Japan

Last year’s megahit Korean period action film “Assassination,” may hit Japanese screens, an official from the film’s distributor Showbox told the local media on Wednesday. 

“It is uncertain whether it will be possible to release the movie in the country (Japan), but we are talking about an exact release date, aiming for July,” added the official.

July is peak season with many moviegoers flocking to theaters, and it had already proved its immense popularity at home, surpassing over 12 million admissions at local box offices.

Above all, its cast is studded with top celebrities who are also well-known to the Japanese fans, such as actress Gianna Jun and actors Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo.

However, there are concerns at how the Japanese public will react as it revolves around Korean independence fighters against Japan’s occupation of Korea.

It has drawn a lot of attention abroad, including the U.S., China, Singapore and more, but its success in Japan is not assured.

By Kim Soo-hyang (shkim@heraldcorp.com)

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March 29, 2016

Lee Jung-jae courted to play king’s bodyguard in new historical film
by girlfriday | Dramabeans.com

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Lee Jung-jae AS A BODYGUARD? Is anyone else remembering Sandglass and having a moment right now? I loved Lee Jung-jae in that drama so damn much. Anyway, he’s up to play a very different kind of bodyguard this time, in a sageuk about Prince Gwanghae called Enemy Soldier. So, less romance and more bromance. It’s a story of a king told through the eyes of his warrior bodyguard, which sounds cool. Also potentially dangerous, since I don’t know who the enemy is in the title.

Read more at DB

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March 28, 2016

ASSASSINATION Set for July Bow in Japan
Period Action-Thriller Features Gianna JUN, LEE Jung-jae and HA Jung-woo

by Pierce Conran / KoBiz

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A year after it bowed on screens in Korea, where it collected a phenomenal 12.7 million admissions (USD 84.16 million), CHOI Dong-hoon’s star-studded period action-thriller Assassination will be granted a theatrical release in neighboring Japan beginning in July.
 
The news was reported by Japanese film site eiga.com, which speculated that the popularity of Gianna JUN due to her prior hits My Sassy Girl (2001) and Windstruck (2004) has created some interest in Japan for her latest role in CHOI’s blockbuster. JUN earned the Best Actress prize at the Daejong Film Award for her part in the film.
 
Assassination also picked up the Best Film accolades from the Korean Film Producers Association Awards and the Blue Dragon Awards. The film has screened at numerous prestigious international film events such as the BFI London Film Festival and the Busan and Göteborg International Film Festivals.

JUN stars alongside LEE Jung-jae (New World, 2013) and HA Jung-woo (The Yellow Sea, 2010) in the story which takes place during the Japanese Colonial Era and features Korean independence fighters seeking to take out pro-Japanese forces during the occupation. The film is set both in Korea and Shanghai. Prior to this, JUN and LEE featured together in CHOI’s previous film The Thieves (2012), another massive success in Korea, while JUN and HA were the leads of RYOO Seung-wan’s 2013 action-thriller The Berlin File.

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March 31, 2016

Korean War Flick Raises W500 Million from Crowdfunding

Source: The Chosun Ilbo

A movie featuring Liam Neeson about the Incheon Landing during the Korean War has attracted W500 million in crowdfunding (US$1=W1,148).

If all goes well, "Operation Chromite" will be released later this year.

It tells the story of intelligence officers in a spy operation during the landing, with Neeson appearing as Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

This is the first time that a Korean film production has attracted money through stock-type crowdfunding which gives investors a slice of the profit, however small.

The Financial Services Commission on Wednesday said the producers attracted 288 investors in just seven days and met their target of W500 million.

Investors will receive a 5.6-percent profit after the break-even point of 5 million viewers.

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May 3, 2016

Lee Jung-jae to part ways with C-JeS Entertainment

Actor Lee Jung-jae has decided to leave management agency C-JeS Entertainment after three years, according to a local news report. 

“Our (management) term ended with Lee Jung-jae,” an official from the agency was quoted as saying in the report. “Lee’s next management agency is yet undecided. So C-JeS is taking charge of Lee’s business in the meantime. When everything is confirmed, there will be an official announcement from the new agency.”

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Lee Jung-jae (Herald Pop)

Lee enjoyed his second heyday while at C-JeS, starring in box office hits such as “The Face Reader” and “Assassination.”

Rumors have circulated that Lee will work with his actor friend Jung Woo-sung, either forming a new entertainment agency with Jung or joining Jung’s current agency Red Brick House Entertainment. However, Jung’s agency on Tuesday said nothing had been decided. 

Lee is starring in a war film “Operation Chromite,” which is set to open in theaters sometime this year. 

By Ahn Sung-mi (sahn@heraldcorp.com)

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May 12, 2016

Lee Jung-jae is busy for the rest of the year

Source: Donga.com via Hancinema.net

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Actor Lee Jeong-jae is attempting at being a multi-player. He stands alone ever since he finished contract time with his company and is now at the busiest time of his entire career.

Lee Jeong-jae's year is fully booked. He is starring in various numbers in Korea and China. Not only is he acting, he's also thinking about various projects too.

He starts the making of "With God - Part 1" at the end of this month. This movie depicts the Living and Death World and the movie will come out in two episodes. Lee Jeong-jae takes on the role of King Yeom-ra. His part in the movie isn't that big compared to Ha Jeong-woo and others, although he is an important character.

At the same time, he stars in the movie "Opposition" which is about the Joseong King Gwang-hae and his warriors. Lee Jeong-jae takes on the role of General Soo-yang. This is his first historical in 3 years.

He is eager about participating in such big movies. The "Assassination" star is going to come out with another blockbuster in July and that's "Operation Chromite" which is about the Incheon Landing Operation which changed the history of the Korean War. The movie stars Lee Jeong-jae, Lee Beom-soo and Liam Nielson.

This is Lee Jeong-jae's first blockbuster. He said, "It's not all completely true but the characters, missions and process are based accurately on history".

He's going to busy abroad as well as he starred in a Korean-Chinese movie and is planning on being in another one later in the year.

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Yeo Jin Goo to act with Lee Jung Jae in new movie?

Actor Yeo Jin Goo might be working with veteran star Lee Jung Jae in a new movie!

One media outlet reported that the two were confirmed to appear in 'Opposition Force' together.  However, Yeo Jin Goo's agency stated on May 13, "We've received the scenario for movie 'Opposition Force' and are reviewing it affirmatively."

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If he accepts, Yeo Jin Goo will be playing King Gwanghae, while Lee Jung Jae is already confirmed to play his warrior escort.  The first filming will start around the end of August.

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/05/yeo-jin-goo-to-act-with-lee-jung-jae-in-new-movie 

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Yeo Jin Goo Considering Epic Role Alongside Lee Jung Jae In Historical Film

Recent reports claimed that actor Yeo Jin Goo would be joining the cast of the film “Opposition Force” (tentative title).

However, the actor’s agency refuted these claims and revealed that the actor has only received the script for the film and is looking over it favorably.

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If the young actor confirms his casting, he would act as King Gwanghae while Lee Jung Jae has already been confirmed to play the king’s warrior escort.

“Opposition Force” aims to tell the story of how King Gwanghae must fight unsupported after becoming the heir to the throne during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. Director Jung Yoon Chul will be leading the film and filming is expected to start in August.

Meanwhile, Yeo Jin Goo can currently been seen acting in SBS’s “Jackpot.”

http://www.soompi.com/2016/05/13/yeo-jin-goo-considering-epic-role-alongside-lee-jung-jae-in-historical-film/ 

Say yes please. I''m so excited.

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May 17, 2016

‘Operation Chromite’ to premiere in July

The Liam Neeson-toplined “Operation Chromite” confirmed its release in July on Tuesday, according to its distributor CJ Entertainment.

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Poster of war film "Operation Chromite" (CJ Entertainment)

A newly-released teaser poster features Hollywood star Neeson and Korean actors Lee Jung-jae and Lee Bum-soo.

Neeson took the role of the U.N. commander in chief, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who led the operation to victory.

Lee Jung-jae plays a South Korean lieutenant in the navy named Jang Hak-soo who supports the covert operation, while Lee Bum-soo portrays North Korean commander Rim Kye-jin.

The film is based the Incheon landing, a pivotal moment in the 1950-53 Korean War that took place on Sept. 15, 1950.

The film is directed by South Korean filmmaker John H. Lee who made romantic melodrama “A Moment to Remember” (2004) and war film “71-Into the Fire” (2010).

By Kim Soo-hyang (shkim@heraldcorp.com)

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May 17, 2016

Moviegoers fired up for 'Operation Chromite' release

By Bahk Eun-ji The Korea Times

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"Operation Chromite" / Courtesy of CJ E&M

Moviegoers have been keenly awaiting the summer release of new film "Operation Chromite," starring top actors Lee Jung-jae, Lee Beom-soo and Liam Neeson.

The movie depicts the amphibious invasion and battle that resulted in a decisive victory for the United Nations Command and turned the tide in the 1950-53 Korean War.

Neeson plays General Douglas MacArthur, who commanded U.N. troops during the war. Lee Jung-jae is Jang Hak-soo, a South Korean navy lieutenant who helps MacArthur.

U.N. and South Korean forces captured Incheon on Sep. 15, 1950. The battle of Incheon saved South Korea from defeat and played a decisive role in pushing back the North.

Agency CJ E&M unveiled a teaser poster of the film, which premieres in July, on Tuesday.

ejb@ktimes.com

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May 19, 2016

Jung Woo-sung, Lee Jung-jae form new agency together

Actors Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae have formed a new entertainment agency called Artist Company together, the agency said in a statement Wednesday. 

“The two people, who have been good friends and peers for a long time, decided to set up a new company after considering and talking many times,” the agency said in a statement. “The Artist Company will not only support the activities of the two actors, but also scout fellow actors and discover talented rookies to try best to establish itself as a reasonable and systematic entertainment agency.”

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Jung Woo-sung, Lee Jung-jae (Herald Pop)

Earlier this month, Lee left his former management agency C-JeS Entertainment after three years. There have been many speculations and rumors on what Lee’s next destination will be, including forming a new agency with Jung or joining Jung’s former agency Red Brick Entertainment. 

Lee is set to return to the screen this summer with the war film “Operation Chromite,” while Jung is currently filming a blockbuster flick “The King,” opposite actor Zo In-sung. 

By Ahn Sung-mi (sahn@heraldcorp.com) 

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May 20, 2016

Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung start agency

Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Actor Lee Jung-jae and his longtime actor friend Jung Woo-sung, two big names in the Korean film scene, have launched an entertainment company together. 

Artist Company, the joint business of the two celebrities, put out a press release on Thursday saying, “The two, who have been known each other for more than 20 years, decided to make a reasonable and organized management company after many talks.” 

The agency added that the two actors will work hard to nurture young actors. 

Lee of “Assassination” (2015) and Jung of “Remember You” (2015) first met in 1998 when they were cast in the hit film “City of the Rising Sun” (1999). 

Since then, the two have stayed close friends, and they also once ran a fashion business together. 

Lee debuted in 1993, and Jung began his acting career a year later. 

The two have many things in common. The two instantly captivated the attention of moviegoers with their smouldering looks, and while they are in their mid-40s, both are still active in the film scene. 

BY SUNG SO-YOUNG

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