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S. Korean crime thriller sold to 56 overseas markets

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean crime thriller "Deliver Us From Evil" has been sold to more than 50 overseas markets, according to its distributor on Friday.

The film, which has topped the local box office since its release on Aug. 5, was sold to 56 countries and territories, including the United States, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong, according to CJ Entertainment.

With the movie hitting Taiwanese screens this Wednesday, the distributor said it is in talks with its counterparts to fix the release date in each country.

Starring Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae, the crime action film has attracted 2.7 million moviegoers in South Korea as of Thursday, with a total revenue of 23.4 billion won (US$19.7 million).


Directed by Hong Won-chan, the film follows the story of an assassin, played by Hwang, who becomes embroiled in unexpected incidents as a mysterious killer, played by Lee, pursues him to avenge his dead brother.

A poster of "Deliver Us From Evil" by CJ Entertainment (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)






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Lee Jung-jae’s Movies


Opening Date / Title / Role / Total Admissions (people) [Source: Kobis]
2020-08-05: ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL 다만 악에서 구하소서’ as Ray 레이 [4,195,914]
2019-02-27: ‘Trade Your Love 어쩌다, 결혼’ as 변호사 (cameo) [76,746]
2019-02-20: ‘SVAHA : THE SIXTH FINGER 사바하’ [2,398,519] // Jang Jae-hyun
2018-08-01: ‘Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days 신과함께-인과 연’ [12,274,996] // Kim Yong-hwa 
2017-12-20: ‘Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds | 신과함께-죄와 벌’ as 단역-염라대왕 [14,410,754] // Kim Yong-hwa 
2017-05-31: ‘WARRIORS OF THE DAWN 대립군’ [837,500] // Chung Yoon-chul 
2016: ‘Operation Chromite: Extended Edition 인천상륙작전 : 익스텐디드 에디션(확장판)’ [27,070]
2016-07-27: ‘Operation Chromite 인천상륙작전’ as 장학수 [7,049,643] // John H Lee
2016: ‘Tik Tok 대역전 | 惊天大逆转’ as 강승준 {CN}
2015-07-22: ‘Assassination 암살’ as 염석진 [12,705,700] // Choi Dong-hoon 
2014-11-27: ‘Big Match 빅매치’ as 최익호 [1,177,438] // Choi Ho 
2013-09-11: ‘The Face Reader 관상’ as 수양대군 [9,134,586] // Han Jae-rim
2013-02-21’: New World 신세계’ as 이자성 [4,682,492] // Park Hoon-jung
2012-07-25: ‘The Thieves 도둑들’ as 뽀빠이 [12,983,330] // Choi Dong-hoon 
2010-05-13: ‘The Housemaid 하녀’ as 주인남자, 훈 [2,304,487] // Im Sang-soo 
2008-12-03: ‘The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan | 1724 기방난동사건’ [286,657]
2005-12-14: ‘Typhoon 태풍’ [4,094,395] // Kwak Kyung-taek
2003-09-04: ‘Oh! Brothers | 오! 브라더스’’ [3,148,748] // Kim Yong-hwa
2002-05-16: ‘Over The Rainbow 오버 더 레인보우’ [240,110 (Seoul)]
2001-11-15: ‘The Last Witness 흑수선’ [409,399 (Seoul)]
2001-03-24: ‘Last Present 선물’ as 용기 [479,679 (Seoul)] // Oh Ki-hwan
2000-12-09: ‘Asako In Ruby Shoes 순애보’ as 우인 [46,148 (Seoul)] // E J-yong
2000-09-09: ‘Il Mare 시월애’ as 성현 [248,597 (Seoul)] // Lee Hyeon-seung
2000-04-01: ‘Interview 인터뷰’ as 은석 [157,431 (Seoul)] // Byun Daniel H
2000: ‘MOB 2025 | MOB 2025 1편 : 전운’ (short)
1999-06-26: ‘The Uprising 이재수의 난’ as 이재수 [56,913 (Seoul)]
1999-01-01: ‘City of The Rising Sun 태양은 없다’ as 홍기 [329,778 (Seoul)] // Kim Sung-soo 
1998-10-03: ‘An Affair 정사’ as 우인 [304,666 (Seoul)] // E J-yong
1997-04-26: ‘Father Vs. Son 박대박’ [21,741 (Seoul)]
1997-02-01: ‘Fire Bird 불새’ [22,970 (Seoul)]
1996-07-13: ‘Albatross 알바트로스’ [9,714 (Seoul)]
1994-12-17: ‘The Young Man 젊은 남자’ [72,347 (Seoul)]


NOTE: only Seoul admissions were available for older movies.


[ KOFIC ] LEE Jung-jae is an actor who hardly opens up himself. A rare display of emotions may become a critical drawback to an actor. But that is not the case for him. He turns his weakness to an incomparable strength. He has an indifferent look on his face but unveils an inner wound that runs deep at heart. Strangely enough, his unemotional face makes a good fodder for romanticism. His romantic image has extended from a TV drama, <Sand Glass>, to films such as <An Affair> portraying a love affair with his fiancée’s elder sister ([LEE Mi-sook] ), <Asako in Ruby Shoes> where his character fell for a Japanese woman ([Tachibana Misato]) that he met just online, <Il Mare> where he costarred with [Gianna Jun] and portrayed love unbounded by time and space, <Interview> that asked endless questions over love, <Over the Rainbow> which rediscovered the forgotten first love. All of his characters are as charming as a face on TV commercials. LEE never loses his usual coolness even when he punctuates his career once in a while with self-destructive characters. His major movie roles include <City of the Rising Sun>, <The Last Witness>, <Oh! Brothers> and <Typhoon>. After a brief outing to the TV screens, he returned to the film sector with his role as a macho man in <The Housemaid> who cheated on his wife and seduced his housemaid. LEE’s image began to change in 2012, as he appeared in a charismatic turn in the smash hit <The Thieves>. He drew even more notice in 2013 for his leading role in the well-reviewed gangster saga <New World> and for his scene-stealing supporting role in the period hit <The Face Reader>, which earned him many industry awards. 2014 saw him take on the role of an MMA fighter who must go on the run as he is forced to participate in a dangerous game show when his brother is kidnapped in the film <Big Match>. Re-teaming with director CHOI Dong-hoon, LEE was seen the following summer in the period thriller <Assassination>, alongside HA Jung-woo and JEON Ji-hyun.




[THROWBACK] August 13, 2012 - ‘The Thieves’ about to cross 10 million viewers mark 

left to right: Kim Yoon-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Hae-sook, director Choi Dong-hoon, Jeon Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae 




cr: Xportsnews 

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On 8/9/2020 at 3:04 PM, Helena said:

[Box Office - Daily] DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Day / Daily Admission (people) / Total Admission (people) / Daily Rank
Sat 2020-08-15: 329,653 [3,244,343]

Source: http://www.kobis.or.kr/

‘Delivered Us from Evil’ surpassed 3 million viewers on the 11th day.










Lee Jung-jae’s Movies (Ranked by Admissions)
Opening Date / Title / Role / Total Admissions (people) [Source: Kobis]
2017-12-20: ‘Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds | 신과함께-죄와 벌’ as 단역-염라대왕 [14,410,754] // Kim Yong-hwa 
2012-07-25: ‘The Thieves 도둑들’ as 뽀빠이 [12,983,330] // Choi Dong-hoon 
2015-07-22: ‘Assassination 암살’ as 염석진 [12,705,700] // Choi Dong-hoon 
2018-08-01: ‘Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days 신과함께-인과 연’ [12,274,996] // Kim Yong-hwa 
2013-09-11: ‘The Face Reader 관상’ as 수양대군 [9,134,586] // Han Jae-rim
2016-07-27: ‘Operation Chromite 인천상륙작전’ as 장학수 [7,049,643] // John H Lee
2016: ‘Operation Chromite: Extended Edition 인천상륙작전 : 익스텐디드 에디션(확장판)’ [27,070]
2013-02-21’: New World 신세계’ as 이자성 [4,682,492] // Park Hoon-jung

2020-08-05: ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL 다만 악에서 구하소서’ as Ray 레이 [4,195,914] 
2005-12-14: ‘Typhoon 태풍’ [4,094,395] // Kwak Kyung-taek
2003-09-04: ‘Oh! Brothers | 오! 브라더스’’ [3,148,748] // Kim Yong-hwa
2019-02-20: ‘SVAHA : THE SIXTH FINGER 사바하’ [2,398,519] // Jang Jae-hyun
2010-05-13: ‘The Housemaid 하녀’ as 주인남자, 훈 [2,304,487] // Im Sang-soo 
2014-11-27: ‘Big Match 빅매치’ as 최익호 [1,177,438] // Choi Ho 
2017-05-31: ‘WARRIORS OF THE DAWN 대립군’ [837,500] // Chung Yoon-chul 
2001-03-24: ‘Last Present 선물’ as 용기 [479,679 (Seoul)] // Oh Ki-hwan
2001-11-15: ‘The Last Witness 흑수선’ [409,399 (Seoul)]
1999-01-01: ‘City of The Rising Sun 태양은 없다’ as 홍기 [329,778 (Seoul)] // Kim Sung-soo 
1998-10-03: ‘An Affair 정사’ as 우인 [304,666 (Seoul)] // E J-yong
2008-12-03: ‘The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan | 1724 기방난동사건’ [286,657]
2000-09-09: ‘Il Mare 시월애’ as 성현 [248,597 (Seoul)] // Lee Hyeon-seung
2002-05-16: ‘Over The Rainbow 오버 더 레인보우’ [240,110 (Seoul)]
2000-04-01: ‘Interview 인터뷰’ as 은석 [157,431 (Seoul)] // Byun Daniel H
2019-02-27: ‘Trade Your Love 어쩌다, 결혼’ as 변호사 (cameo) [76,746]
1994-12-17: ‘The Young Man 젊은 남자’ [72,347 (Seoul)]
1999-06-26: ‘The Uprising 이재수의 난’ as 이재수 [56,913 (Seoul)]
2000-12-09: ‘Asako In Ruby Shoes 순애보’ as 우인 [46,148 (Seoul)] // E J-yong
1997-02-01: ‘Fire Bird 불새’ [22,970 (Seoul)]
1997-04-26: ‘Father Vs. Son 박대박’ [21,741 (Seoul)]
1996-07-13: ‘Albatross 알바트로스’ [9,714 (Seoul)]
2016: ‘Tik Tok 대역전 | 惊天大逆转’ as 강승준 {CN}
2000: ‘MOB 2025 | MOB 2025 1편 : 전운’ (short)


Hwang Jung-min’s Movies (Ranked by Admissions)
Opening Date / Title / Role / Total Admissions (people) [Source: Kobis]
2014-12-17 ‘Ode to My Father 국제시장’ as Yoon Duk-soo 윤덕수 [14,257,115] // Yoon Jae-kyun
2015-08-05 ‘The Veteran 베테랑’ as Seo Do-cheol 서도철 [13,414,009] // Ryoo Seung-wan
2016-02-03 ‘A Violent Prosecutor 검사외전’ as Byun Jae-wook 변재욱 [9,707,158] // Lee Il-hyung
2015-12-16 ‘The Himalayas 히말라야’ as Um Hong-gil 엄홍길 [7,759,473] // Lee Seok-hoon 
2016-05-12 ‘The Wailing 곡성’ as Il-gwang 일광 [6,879,908] // Na Hong-jin 
2017-07-26 ‘The Battleship Island 군함도’ as Lee Kang-ok 이강옥 [6,592,151] // Ryoo Seung-wan
1999-02-13 ‘Swiri 쉬리’ [5,820,000] // Kang Je-kyu
2018-08-08 ‘The Spy Gone North 공작’ as Black Venus 흑금성 / Park Seok-young 박석영 [4,974,512] // Yoon Jong-bin 
2013-02-21 ‘New World 신세계’ as Jung Chung 정청 [4,682,492] // Park Hoon-jung

2020-08-05 ‘Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서’ as In-nam 인남 [4,195,914] // Hong Won-chan
2012-01-18 ‘Dancing Queen 댄싱퀸’ as Hwang Jung-min 황정민 [4,057,546] // Lee Seok-hoon
2019-03-20 ‘Money 돈’ (voice cameo) [3,389,035]
2005-09-23 ‘You’re My Sunshine! 너는 내 운명’ as Kim Seok-joong 김석중 [3,051,134] // Park Jin-pyo
2010-10-28 ‘The Unjust 부당거래’ as Choi Chul-gi 최철기 [2,766,436] // Ryoo Seung-wan
2016-09-28 ‘Asura : The City of Madness 아수라’ as Park Sung-bae 박성배 [2,594,028] // Kim Sung-soo 
2005-10-07 ‘All for Love 내 생애 가장 아름다운 일주일’ as Na Doo-chul 나두철 [2,533,103] // Min Kyu-dong
2006-04-27 ‘Bloody Tie 사생결단’ as Corporal Do [2,104,716]
2014-01-22 ‘Man in Love 남자가 사랑할 때’ as Han Tae-il 한태일 [1,979,311] // Han Dong-wook
2009-04-02 ‘Private Eye 그림자 살인’ as Hong Jin-ho 홍진호 [1,914,779] // Park Dae-min
2003-08-14 ‘A Good Lawyer’s Wife 바람난 가족’ as Joo Young-jak 주영작 [1,748,258] // Im Sang-soo 
2013-04-10 ‘Fists of Legend 전설의 주먹’ as Im Deok-kyu 임덕규 [1,744,585] // Kang Woo-suk
2011-01-27 ‘Battlefield Heroes 평양성‘ as King Munmu 문무왕 (cameo) [1,717,566] // Lee Joon-ik
2007-06-21 ‘Black House 검은집’ as Jeon Joon-oh 전준오 [1,408,882]
2010-04-28 ‘Blades of Blood 구르믈 버서난 달처럼’ as Hwang Jung-hak 황정학 [1,407,681] // Lee Joon-ik
2005-04-01 ‘A Bittersweet Life 달콤한 인생’ as President Baek (special appearance) [1,271,595] // Kim Jee-woon 
2007-10-03 ‘Happiness 행복’ as Young-soon 영수 [1,239,789] // Hur Jin-ho
2005-07-15 ‘Heaven’s Soldiers 천군’ as Park Jung-woo 박정우 [1,232,992]
2002-10-02 ‘YMCA Baseball Team | YMCA 야구단’ as Ryu Kwang-tae 류광태 [560,000 (Seoul)]
2008-01-31 ‘A Man Who was Superman 슈퍼맨이었던 사나이’ as Superman [559,705]
2009-07-09 ‘Five Senses of Eros 오감도: In My End is My Beginning’ as Min Jae-in 민재인 (omnibus feature) [443,462] 
2011-06-09 ‘Moby D 모비딕‘ as Lee Bang-woo 이방우 [430,936]
2007-11-29 ‘My 11th Mother 열한번째’ as Baek-jung 백중 (supporting) [337,700]
2004-04-01 ‘The Wolf Returns 마지막 늑대’ as Go Jung-shik 고정식 [158,727]
2001-10-26 ‘Waikiki Brothers 와이키키 브라더스’ as Kang Soo 강수 [88,214 (Seoul)] // Yim Soon-rye 
2005-03-10 ‘This Charming Girl | 여자, 정혜’ as Writer [43,457] // Lee Yoon-ki 

2013-04-04 ‘In My End is My Beginning 끝과 시작’ as Min Jae-in 민재인 (omnibus Five Senses of Eros) [38,809] // Min Kyu-dong
2002-10-17 ‘Road Movie 로드무비’ as Dae-shik 대식 [16,039 (Seoul)]
2005-03-11 ‘Twentidentity 이공’ (Digital Short Film Omnibus Project)
2001 ‘The She 그녀’ (short)
1990-06-09 ‘General's Son 장군의 아들’ (minor appearance) // Im Kwon-taek


NOTE: only Seoul admissions were available for older movies.

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  • Go Seung Ji changed the title to Lee Jung Jae 이정재 - [Movie: Deliver Us From Evil]

'Deliver Us From Evil' breaks even after 12 days

SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean thriller "Deliver Us From Evil" has reached its break-even point in 12 days despite the new coronavirus pandemic that has hampered local cinemas.

Some 841,000 people watched the film between Aug. 14 and 16 alone, raising the total number of viewers to 3.54 million, according to the data by the Korean Film Council. The film's break-even point is 3.5 million.

In addition to reaching its break-even point, the crime action film is set to outpace summer blockbusters that hit theaters earlier, such as zombie blockbuster "Peninsula" that has attracted 3.78 million since its release on July 15.

Starring Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae and directed by Hong Won-chan, the film follows the story of an assassin, played by Hwang, who finds himself mired in unexpected incidents as a mysterious killer, played by Lee, pursues him to avenge his dead brother.

This image, provided by CJ Entertainment, shows a scene from the crime thriller "Deliver Us From Evil." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

This image, provided by CJ Entertainment, shows a promotional poster for the crime thriller "Deliver Us From Evil." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)





Korea Box Office: ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ Holds on for $26 Million Total

By Patrick Frater | Aug 16, 2020

Holdover title “Deliver Us From Evil” once again topped the Korean box office, over the weekend. It earned $6.74 million for a cumulative of $26.5 million after just 11 days on release.

The hitman on a last job thriller managed a strong hold, losing only 37% in its second weekend, compared with $10.6 million on its debut. It held on to a 51% market share. Its trajectory should see “Deliver” overtake “Peninsula,” until now the biggest post-coronavirus title, within a couple of days.

New release title, “OK! Madam,” a comedy starring Uhm Jeong-hwa, opened in second place with a $4.57 million haul. It played on 1,288 screens and accounted for 35% of the weekend box office.

“Steel Rain: Summit” which had played as the top film three weeks ago, was a distant third. It managed $619,000, a drop of 58% compared with last weekend. Its cumulative is now $11.9 million.

Overall, the aggregate weekend score was little changed at $13 million, compared with $13.4 million the previous session. That may reflect the limited new releases on offer as much as the ever-changing virus conditions.

In response to the discovery of a new virus hotspot, Seoul city authorities on Saturday raised their hazard warning to Level 2. While cinemas were not specifically mentioned in the directive, they are likely to be affected by the regulation which means that all private and public indoor meetings of 50 or more and outdoor meetings of over 100 will be banned. Seoul typically represents 35-40% of Korea’s national box office.

“Peninsula” held fourth place with $331,000, advancing its cumulative total to $27.6 million since its July 15 release. In fifth, was newly released Ukrainian animation title “The Stolen Princess,” with an opening score of $213,000.

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<SCREEN>’s a monthly movie magazine debuting in March 1984 (last issue in 2011).  On its 25th anniversary, <SCREEN> (published in March 2009) featured “1984~2008 K-Movie Actor Box Office Power 50”; ranking’s based on box office index of Korean films released from 1984 to February 2009.


Box Office Power (Src: Calculation)
1-1-1984~2-12-2009 (only Seoul audiences - available before 2004)
Box Office Score: based on percentage & weight (not sum of audience numbers)
- main vs supporting roles: supporting actors (multiplied by a weight of 0.5)
- “ensemble movie” (multiplied by a weight of 0.5 on lead actor)


1984~2008 K-Movie Actor Box Office Power 50 

Src: https://thescreen.co.kr/1984-2008-한국영화-배우-흥행-파워-50/


1. Ahn Sung-ki - 68.928 
Works: <Whale Hunting>(1984), <The Winter That Year Was Warm>(1984), <Deep Blue Night>(1985), <Wanderer in Winter>(1986), <Our Joyful Young Days>(1987), <North Korea's Southern Army>(1990), <White Badge>(1992), <Two Cops>(1993), <Nowhere to Hide>(1999), <Musa>(2001), <Silmido>(2003), <Radio Star>(2006), <May 18>(2007), <The Divine Weapon>(2008)

2. Song Kang-ho - 41.839
Works: <The Quiet Family>(1998), <Shiri>(1999), <Foul King>(2000), <JSA>(2000), <Memories of Murder>(2003), <The Host>(2006), <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008)

3. Han Seok-kyu - 35.181
Works: <Dr. Bong>(1995), <The Gingko Bed>(1996), <No. 3>(1997), <Contact>(1997), <Green Fish>(1997), <Shiri>(1999), <Tell Me Something>(1999), <The Scarlet Letter>(2004), <Forbidden Quest>(2006), <Eye for an Eye>(2008)

4. Park Joong-hoon - 34.799
Works: <Youth Sketch>(1987), <Chilsu and Mansu>(1988), <A Short Love Affair>(1990), <My Love, My Bride>(1990), <Two Cops>(1993), <Rule of the Game>(1994), <Killing Wife>(1994), <Hallelujah>(1997), <Nowhere to Hide>(1999), <Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield>(2003), <Radio Star>(2006)

5. Seol Kyung-gu - 27.530
Works: <Peppermint Candy>(2000), <Public Enemy>(2002), <Oasis>(2002), <Jail Breaker>(2002), <Silmido>(2003), <Cruel Winter Blues>(2006), <Voice of a Murderer>(2007), <Public Enemy Returns>(2008)

6. Choi Min-shik - 25.046
Works: <No. 3>(1997), <The Quiet Family>(1998), <Shiri>(1999), <Happy End>(1999), <Failan>(2001) <Chihwaseon>(2002), <Old Boy>(2003), <Crying Fist>(2005)

7. Jang Dong-gun - 24.018
Works: <Nowhere to Hide>(1999), <Friends>(2001), <2009 Lost Memories>(2002), <Taegeukgi>(2004), <Typhoon>(2005)

8. Kim Hye-soo - 22.543
Works: <First Love>(1993), <Dr. Bong>(1995), <Tie a Yellow Ribbom>(1998), <Kick the Moon>(2001), <Hypnotized>(2004), <The Red Shoes>(2005), <Tazza>(2006), <A Day for an Affair>(2007), <Modern Boy>(2008)

9. Jung Jin-young - 22.070
Works: <A Promise>(1998), <Let's Play, Dharma>(2001), <Wild Cards>(2003), <Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield>(2003), <The King and the Clown>(2005), <The Happy Life>(2007)

10. Kang Soo-yeon - 21.637
Works: <The Surrogate Womb>(1987), <Youth Sketch of Mimi and Cheolsu>(1987), <King Yeonsan>(1987), <Come, Come, Come Upward>(1989), <Long After That>(1989), <All That Falls Has Wings>(1990), <Road to the Racetrack>(1991), <The Blue in You>(1992), <Their Last Love Affair>(1996), <Girls' Night Out>(1998)

11. Lee Mi-sook - 21.593
Works: <Whale Hunting>(1984), <The Winter That Year Was Warm>(1984), <Mulberry>(1986), <Wanderer in Winter>(1986), <An Affair>(1998), <The Legend of Gingko>(2000), <Untold Scandal>(2003), <Hellcats>(2008)

12. Cha Seung-won - 20.672
Works: <Libera Me>(2000), <Kick the Moon>(2001), <Break Out>(2002), <Jail Breaker>(2002), <My Teacher, Mr. Kim>(2003), <Ghost House>(2004), <Blood Rain>(2005), <Murder, Take One>(2005), <Eye for an Eye>(2008)

13. Shin Hyun-joon - 20.335
Works: <Son of the General>(1990), <The Siren>(1998), <Bichunmoo>(2000), <Guns & Talks>(2001), <Marrying the Mafia 2: Enemy-in-law>(2005), <Barefoot Gi Bong>(2006),  <Marrying the Mafia 3>(2006)

14. Lee Byung-hun - 20.285
Works: <JSA>(2000), <Bungee Jumping of Their Own>(2001), <A Bittersweet Life>(2005), <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008)

15. Jeon Do-yeon - 20.033
Works: <Contact>(1997), <A Promise>(1998), <Happy End>(1999), <Untold Scandal>(2003), <You are My Sunshine>(2005)

16. Jung Woo-sung - 19.509
Works: <Beat>(1997), <City of the Rising Sun >(1999), <Phantom, The Submarine>(1999), <A Moment to Remember>(2004), <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008)

17. Jung Jae-young - 19.484
Works: <Guns & Talks >(2001), <No Blood No Tears>(2002), <Silmido>(2003), <Someone Special>(2004), <Welcome to Dongmakgol>(2005), <Going by the Book>(2007), <Public  Enemy Returns>(2008), <The Divine Weapon>(2008)

18. Choi Jin-sil - 19.066
Works: <My Love, My Bride>(1990), <Susanne Brink's Arirang>(1991), <Mister Mama>(1992), <How to Top My Wife>(1994), <Ghost Mamma>(1996), <The Letter>(1997), <The Legend of Gingko>(2000)

19. Choi Min-soo - 18.999

Works: <Son of God>(1986), <North Korea's Southern Army>(1990), <Wedding Story>(1992), <Mister Mamma>(1992), <The Terrorist>(1995), <Rehearsal>(1995), <Phantom, The Submarine>(1999), <Libera Me>(2000), <Holiday>(2006)

20. Lee Kyung-young - 18.916
Works:  <아다다>(88) <비오는 날의 수채화>(90) <사의 찬미>(91) <하얀 전쟁>(92) <그 여자 그 남자>(93) <세상 밖으로>(94) <게임의 법칙>(94) <손톱>(95) <테러리스트>(95) <귀천도>(96) <3인조>(97)

21. Lee Sung-jae - 28.283
Works: <Art Museum by the Zoo>(1998), <Ghost in Love>(1999), <Attack the Gas Station>(1999), <Kick the Moon>(2001), <Public Enemy>(2002), <Holiday>(2006)

22. Shim Hye-jin - 17.730
Works: <Black Republic>(1990), <Wedding Story>(1992), <Out to the World>(1994), <To the Starry Island>(1994), <Fingernails>(1995), <The Gingko Bed>(1996), <The Adventure of Mrs. Park>(1996), <Green Fish>(1997)

23. Jung Joon-ho - 17.556

Works: <My Boss, My Hero>(2001), <Marrying the Mafia>(2002), <Another Public Enemy>(2005), <My Boss, My Teacher>(2006), <Righteous Ties>(2006)

24. Park Shin-yang- 16.570

Works: <The Letter>(1997), <A Promise>(1998), <Indian Summer>(2001), <Let's Play, Dharma>(2001), <The Big Swindle>(2004)

25. Moon Sung-keun - 16.385
Works: <Black Republic>(1990), <The Road to Racetrack>(1991), <Out to the World>(1994), <To you from me>(1994), <A Single Spark>(1995), <A Petal>(1996), <Green Fish>(1997), <Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors>(2000), <Jealousy is My Middle Name>(2003), <Hanbando>(2006) <Soo>(2007)

26. Lee Bo-hee - 16.072
Works: <바보선언>(84) <무릎과 무릎 사이>(84) <어우동>(85) <이장호의 외인구단>(86) <접씨꽃 당신>(88) <나그네는 길에서도 쉬지 않는다>(88) <아메리카 아메리카>(88)

27. Cha Tae-hyun - 15.998
Works: <My Sassy Girl>(2001), <Lover’s Concerto>(2002), <Crazy First Love>(2003), <Highway Star>(2007), <Babo>(2008) <Scandal Makers>(2008)

28. Yu Oh-seong - 15.683
Works: <The Spy>(1999), <Attack the Gas Station!>(1999), <Friends>(2001), <Champion>(2002)

29. Im Chang-jung - 15.667
Works: <Beat>(1997), <Extra>(1998), <If the Sun Rises in the West>(1998), <Bet on My Disco>(2002), <Sex is Zero>(2002), <The Greatest Expectation>(2003), <To Catch a Virgin Ghost>(2004), <Miracle on 1st Street>(2007), <Sex is Zero 2>(2007)

30. Lee Young-ae - 14.473
Works: <JSA>(2000), <Last Present>(2001), <One Fine Spring Day>(2001), <Sympathy for Lady Vengeance>(2005)

31. Lee Jung-jae - 14.039
Works: <An Affair>(1998), <City of the Rising Sun>(1999), <Il Mare>(2000), <Last Present>(2001), <The Last Witness>(2001), <Oh!  Brothers>(2003), <Typhoon>(2005)

32. Kim Yunjin - 13.482
Works: <Shiri>(1999), <The Legend of Gingko>(2000), <Ardor>(2002), <Diary of June >(2005), <Seven Days>(2007)

33. Lee Beom-soo - 13.177
Works: <Anarchist>(2000), <Jungle Juice>(2002), <Singles>(2003), <Oh! Brothers>(2003), <Mr. Gam's Victory>(2004), <Forbidden Quest>(2006), <The City of Violence>(2006), <Death Bell>(2008)

34. Yoo Ji-tae - 13.176
Works: <Attack the Gas Station>(1999), <Ditto>(2000), <Nightmare>(2000), <Libera Me>(2000), <One Fine Spring Day>(2001), <Old Boy>(2003), <Running Wild>(2006), <Crush on You>(2008)

35. Lee Mi-yeon - 12.905
Works: <School Record isn't Propotional to Happiness>(1989), <Go alone like a rhino's horn>(1995), <No. 3>(1997), <Whispering Corridors>(1998), <Indian Summer>(2001), <Addicted>(2002), <Love Exposure>(2007)

36. Shin Eun-kyung - 12.277
Works: <The Young Man>(1994), <Downfall>(1997), <Ring Virus>(1999), <My Wife is a Gangster>(2001), <My Wife is a Gangster 2>(2003)

37. Won Bin - 11.949
Works: <Guns & Talks>(2001), <Taegukgi>(2004), < My Brother>(2004)

38. Joo Jin-moo - 11.853
Works: <Happy End>(1999), <Musa>(2001), <Wanee & Junha>(2001), <200 Pounds Beauty>(2006), <Love>(2007), <A Frozen Flower>(2008)

39. Ha Ji-won - 11.651
Works: <Nightmare>(2000), <Phone>(2002), <Sex is Zero>(2002) <Miracle on 1st Street>(2007)

40. Gam Woo-sung - 11.191
Works: <Marriage is a Crazy Thing>(2002), <R Point>(2004), <The King and the Clown>(2005), <My Love>(2007)

41. Son Ye-jin - 10.939
Works: <Lover’s Concerto>(2002), <Classic>(2003), <Crazy First Love>(2003), <A Moment to Remember>(2004), <April Snow>(2005) <The Art of Seduction>(2005) <My Wife Got Married >(2008)

42. Jo Seung-woo - 10.822
Works: <Chunhyang>(2000), <Who are You>(2002), <Classic>(2003), <Marathon>(2005), <Tazza>(2006), <Gogo 70>(2008)

43. Park Hae-il- 10.727
Works: <Jealousy is My Middle Name>(2003), <Memories of Murder>(2003), <Rules of Dating>(2005), <The Host>(2006), <Paradise Murdered>(2007), <Modern Boy>(2008)

44. Lee Dae-Geun - 10.691
Works: <고래사냥>(84) <뽕>(86) <변강쇠>(86) <연산군>(87) <가루지기>(88) <우묵배미의 사랑>(90) <이대근, 이댁은>(07)

45. Kim Myung-gon - 10.425
Works: <바보선언>(84) <어우동>(85) <나그네는 길에서도 쉬지 않는다>(88) <개벽>(91) <서편제>(93) <태백산맥>(94) <영원한 제국>(95)

46. Park Sang-min - 10.244
Works: <Son of the General>(1990), <Son of the General 2>(1991), <Son of the General 3>(1992), <Distressing to be a Man>(1995), <The Rules of a Gangster>(1996), <Come to Me>(1996), <Tube>(2003)

47. Jang Mi-hee- 10.022
Works: <Deep Blue Night>(1985), <Hwang Jin-ie>(1986), <The Land of Fire>(1989), <Death Song>(1991) <Father>(1997)

48. Kim Jung-eun - 9.831
Works: <Fun Movie>(2002), <Marrying the Mafia>(2002), <How to Keep My Love>(2004), <Forever the Moment>(2008)

49. Kwon Sang-woo - 9.807
Works: <Volcano High>(2001), <My Tutor Friend>(2003), <Once Upon a Time in High School>(2004), <Running Wild>(2006), <Almost Love>(2006), <Fate>(2008)

50. Kim Seung-woo - 9.805
Works:  <Son of the General>(1990), <Ghost Mamma>(1996), <Scent of a Man>(1998), <Break Out>(2002), <Between Love And Hate>(2006)





THE SCREEN 2019-12-31

2009-2019 K-Movie Actor Box Office Power 50

Source:  Calculation | 1 | 2-10 | 11-20 | 41-50


1.  Ha Jung-woo - 112.312
Works: <Madeleine>(2002) <She's on Duty>(2005) <The Unforgiven>(2005) <TIME>(2006) <The Fox Family>(2006) <Breath>(2007) <Never Forever>(2007) <The Chaser>(2008) <The Moonlight of Seoul>(2008) <My Dear Enemy>(2008) <Like You Know It All>(2009) <Boat>(2009) <Take Off>(2009) <The Yellow Sea>(2010) <The Client>(2011) <Nameless Gangster : Rules of Time>(2012) <Love Fiction>(2012) <Project 577>(2012) <The Berlin File>(2013) <The Terror Live>(2013) <KUNDO: Age of the Rampant>(2014) <Chronicle of a Blood Merchant>(2015) <Assassination>(2015) <The Handmaiden>(2016), <Tunnel>(2016), <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <1987: When the Day Comes>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018), <Take Point>(2018) <Ashfall>(2019)
2. Hwang Jung-min - 96.440
Works: <Waikiki Brothers>(2001) <Road Movie>(2002) <A Good Lawyer's Wife>(2003) <This Charming Girl>(2004) <You’re My Sunshine!>(2005) <Bloody Tie>(2006) <Black House>(2007) <Private Eye>(2009) <The Unjust>(2010) <New World>(2012) <Man in Love>(2013) <Ode to My Father>(2014) <Veteran>(2015) <A Violent Prosecutor>(2015) <THE WAILING>(2016) <Asura : The City of Madness>(2016) <The Battleship Island>(2017) <The Spy Gone North>(2018)

3. Song Kang-ho - 87.937
Works:  <The day a pig fell into the well>(1996) <Green Fish>(1997) <No. 3>(1997) <The Quiet Family>(1998) <Shiri>(1999) <The Foul King>(2000) <JSA>(2000) <Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance>(2002) <YMCA Baseball Team>(2002) <Memories of Murder>(2003) <The President’s Barber>(2004) <ANTARCTIC JOURNAL>(2005) <The Host>(2006) <The Show Must Go On>(2007) <Secret Sunshine>(2007) <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008) <Thirst>(2009), <Secret Reunion>(2010) <Hindsight>(2011) <HOWLING>(2012) <Snowpiercer>(2013) <The Face Reader>(2013) <The Attorney>(2013) <The Throne>(2014) <The Age of Shadows>(2016) <A Taxi Driver>(2017) <THE DRUG KING>(2018) <PARASITE>(2019) <THE KING’S LETTERS>(2019)

4. Ryu Seung-ryong- 76.863

Works: <Righteous Ties>(2006), <Possessed>(2009), <Secret>(2009) <The Quiz Show Scandal>(2010) <The Recipe>(2010) <Battlefield Heroes>(2011) <Children...>(2011) <The Front Line>(2011) <War of the Arrows>(2011) <All About My Wife>(2012) <Masquerade>(2012) <Miracle in Cell No.7>(2013) <The Target>(2014) <Roaring Currents>(2014> <The Piper>(2015) <The Sound of a Flower>(2015) <Psychokinesis>(2018) <Seven Years Night>(2018) <Extreme Job>(2019)

5. Yoo Hae-jin - 72.096

Works: <Kick the Moon>(2001) <Musa>(2001) <Public Enemy>(2002) <Break Out>(2002) <Jail Breakers>(2002) <The Coast Guard>(2002) <Ice Rain>(2003) <Hi, Dharma 2 : Showdown in Seoul>(2004) <Blood Rain>(2005) <The King and the Clown>(2005) <South Of The Border> (2006) <Tazza>(2006) <Small Town Rivals>(2007) <Mission Possible: kidnapping Granny K>(2007) <Truck>(2007) <Public Enemy Returns>(2008) <Woochi>(2009) <Moss>(2010) <Desire to Kill>(2010) <The Unjust>(2010) <In Love And the War>(2011) <Mama>(2011) <Miss Conspirator>(2012) <The Spies>(2012) <The Flu>(2013) <Minority Opinion>(2013) <Obsessed>(2014) <The Pirates>(2014) <Tazza-The Hidden Card>(2014) <The Classified File>(2015) <Veteran>(2015) <FATAL INTUITION>(2015) <LUCK-KEY>(2016) <Confidential Assignment>(2017> <A Taxi Driver>(2017) <1987: When the Day Comes>(2017) <LOVE+SLING>(2018) <Intimate Strangers>(2018) <MAL·MO·E: The Secret Mission>(2019) <The Battle: Roar to Victory>(2019)

6. Lee Jung-jae - 68.869
Works: <An Affair>(1998) <City of the Rising Sun>(1999) <Il Mare>(2000) <Last Present>(2001) <The Last Witness>(2001) <Oh! Brothers>(2003) <Typhoon>(2005) <The Housemaid>(2010) <The Thieves>(2012) <New World>(2013) <The Face Reader>(2013) <Big Match>(2014) <Assassination>(2015) <Operation Chromite>(2016) <WARRIORS OF THE DAWN>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018) <Svaha: The Sixth Finger>(2019)



7. Oh Dal-soo - 62.542 

Works: <Old Boy>(2003) <The Wolf Returns>(2004) <The President’s Barber>(2004) <Sympathy for Lady Vengeance>(2005) <Forbidden Quest>(2006) <A Bloody Aria>(2006) <Three Fellas>(2006) <Once in a Summer>(2006) <The Show Must Go On>(2007) <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008) <Private Eye>(2009) <Thirst>(2009) <The Servant>(2010) <Troubleshooter>(2010) <Foxy Festival>(2010) <Detective K : Secret of Virtuous Widow>(2011) <Hindsight>(2011) <The Thieves>(2012) <Miracle in Cell No.7>(2012) <My Paparotti>(2012) <The Attorney>(2013) <Ode to My Father>(2014) <Detective K: Secret of the lost island>(2014) <Assassination>(2015) <Veteran>(2015) <Tunnel>(2016) <RUN OFF>(2016) <Master>(2016) <MEMOIR OF A MURDERER>(2016) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead>(2017)
8. Kim Yoon-seok - 62.532

Works: <The Big Swindle>(2004) <Tazza>(2007) <The Chaser>(2008) <Running Turtle>(2009) <Woochi>(2009) <The Yellow Sea>(2010) <Punch>(2011) <The Thieves>(2012) <Tazza-The Hidden Card>(2014) <The Classified File>(2015) <The Priests>(2015) <1987: When the Day Comes>(2017) <Dark Figure of Crime>(2018)
9. Kang Dong-won - 58.922

Works: <Don't Believe Her>(2004) <Romance of Their Own>(2004) <Duelist>(2005) <Maundy Thursday>(2006) <M>(2007) <Woochi>(2009) <Secret Reunion>(2010) <Haunters>(2010) <KUNDO: Age of the Rampant>(2014) <My Brilliant Life>(2014) <The Priests>(2015) <A Violent Prosecutor>(2016) <Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned>(2016) <Master>(2016) <1987: When the Day Comes>(2017) <Golden Slumber>(2018) <ILLANG : THE WOLF BRIGADE>(2018)

10. Ma Dong-seok - 52.028
Works: <The Moonlight of Seoul>(2007) <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008) <The Unjust>(2010) <Quick>(2011) <Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time>(2011) <The Neighbor>(2012) <KUNDO: Age of the Rampant>(2014) <GOODBYE SINGLE>(2016) <THE OUTLAWS>(2017) <Champion>(2018) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018) <The Villagers>(2018) <Unstoppable>(2018) <The Gangster, The Cop, The Devi>(2019) <THE BAD GUYS: REIGN OF CHAOS>(2019) <START-UP>(2019) <Ashfall>(2019)

11. Lee Byung-hun - 50.437
Works: <The Harmonium in My Memory>(1999) <JSA>(2000) <Bungee Jumping of Their own>(2001) <Addicted>(2002) <Everybody has Secrets>(2004) <Three, Monster>(2004) <A Bittersweet Life>(2005) <Once in a Summer>(2006) <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008) <I Saw the Devil>(2010) <Masquerade>(2012) <Memories of the Sword>(2015) <Inside Men>(2015) <Master>(2016) <A Single Rider>(2017) <The Fortress>(2017) <Keys to the Heart>(2018) <Ashfall>(2019)

12. Seol Kyung-gu - 45.328
Works: <Peppermint Candy>(2000) <Public Enemy>(2002) <Oasis>(2002) <Jail Breaker>(2002) <Silmido>(2003) <Cruel Winter Blues>(2006) <Voice of a Murderer>(2007) <Public Enemy Returns>(2008) <Haeundae>(2009) <Troubleshooter>(2010) <Cold Eyes>(2013) <The Spy>(2013) <Hope>(2013) <The Merciless>(2017) <MEMOIR OF A MURDERER>(2017) <Idol>(2019) <Birthday>(2019) <Man of Men>(2019)
13. Joo Ji-hoon - 43.538
Works: <Antique>(2008) <Kitchen>(2009) <I am the King>(2012) <A Night Before the Wedding>(2013) <Confession>(2014) <The Treacherous>(2015) <Asura : The City of Madness>(2016) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018) <The Spy Gone North>(2018) <Dark Figure of Crime>(2018)
14. Choi Min-shik - 38.089
Works: <No. 3>(1997) <The Quiet Family>(1998) <Shiri>(1999) <Happy End>(1999) <Failan>(2001) <Chihwaseon>(2002) <Old Boy>(2003) <Crying Fist>(2005) <Sympathy for Lady Vengeance>(2005) <I Saw the Devil>(2010) <Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time>(2012) <New World>(2013) <Roaring Currents>(2014) <The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale:>(2015) <The Mayor>(2017) <Heart Blackened>(2017) <Forbidden Dream>(2019)
15. Jo Jin-woong - 35.936
Works: <GLOVE>(2011), <The Front Line>(2011), <Perfect Game>(2011), <Nameless Gangster : Rules of Time>(2012), <My Paparotti>(2013), <Hwayi: A Monster Boy>(2013), <A Hard Day>(2014), <KUNDO: Age of the Rampant>(2014), <Roaring Currents>(2014), <We are Brothers>(2014), <Salut D’Amour>(2015), <Assassination>(2015), <Handmaiden>(2016), <The Hunt>(2016), <The Sheriff In Town>(2017), <Bluebeard>(2017), <MAN OF WILL>(2017), <Believer>(2018), <The Spy Gone North>(2018), <Intimate Strangers>(2018), <Man of Men>(2019), <Jesters: The Game Changers>(2019), <BLACK MONEY>(2019)
16. Yoo Ah-in - 35.735
Works: <Boys of Tomorrow>(2007) <Skeletons in the Closet>(2007) <Punch>(2011) <Tough As Iron>(2013) <Thread of Lies>(2014) <Veteran>(2015) <The Throne>(2015) <Burning>(2018) <Default>(2018)
17. Gong Yoo - 35.418

Works: <A Spy Girl>(2004) <S Diary>(2004) <She's on Duty>(2005) <Finding Mr. Destiny>(2010) <Silenced>(2011) <The Suspect>(2013) <A Man and A Woman>(2016) <Train to Busan>(2016) <The Age of Shadows>(2016) <KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982>(2019)

18. Kim Hyang-gi - 34.879
Works: <Heart is…>(2006) <Private Eye>(2009) <Wedding Dress>(2010) <The Grand Heist>(2012) <A Werewolf Boy>(2012) <Thread of Lies>(2014) <Snowy Road>(2015) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018) <Young-ju>(2018) <Innocent Witness>(2019)
19. Son Ye-jin - 33.867
Works: <Lover’s Concerto>(2002) <Classic>(2003) <Crazy First Love>(2003) <A Moment to Remember>(2004) <April Snow>(2005) <The Art of Seduction>(2005) <Open City>(2008) <My Wife Got Married>(2008) <White Night>(2009) <Spellbound>(2011) <Tower>(2012) <Blood and Ties>(2103) <The Pirates>(2014) <The Truth Beneath>(2016) <The Last Princess>(2016) <Be with You>(2018) <The Negotiation>(2018)
20. Cha Tae-hyun- 33.645
Works: <My Sassy Girl>(2001) <Lover’s Concerto>(2002) <Crazy First Love>(2003) <Sad Movie>(2005) <Highway Star>(2007)<Babo>(2008) <Scandal Makers>(2008) <Hello Ghost>(2010) <The Grand Heist>(2012) <Slow Video>(2014) <Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017)

21. Park Hae-il 
22. Jeon Ji-hyun
23. Kim Myung-min
24. Jo Jung-suk
25. Uhm Jung-hwa
26. Kim Hye-soo
27. Jung Woo-sung
28. Ryu Jun-yeol
29. Shim Eun-kyung
30. Lee Ha-nee 
31. Kwak Do-won
32. Lee Sun-kyun 
33. Ha Ji-won
34. Kim Yunjin 
35. Ryu Seung-bum
36. Han Hyo-joo 
37. Hyun Bin
38. Sung Dong-il 
39. Lee Dong-hwi 
40. Park Bo-young 
41. Kim Dong-wook - 20.060
42. Choi Woo-shik - 20.030
43. Cho Yeo-jung - 19.592
44. Jin Seon-kyu - 19.166
45. Kim Nam-gil - 19.107
46. Kim Mu-yeol - 18.904
47. Gong Myung - 18.706
48. Jung Jae-young - 18.530
49. Jung Yu-mi - 18.285
50. Kang Ha-neul- 17.434



THE SCREEN 2009-2019 K-Movie Actor Box Office Power TOP 10




1. Ha Jung-woo - 109,904,121
2. Hwang Jung-min - 96,440,132
3. Song Kang-ho - 87,937,537
4. Ryu Seung-ryong- 76,863,026
5. Yoo Hae-jin - 72,096,870
6. Lee Jung-jae - 68,869,381
7. Oh Dal-soo - 62,542,095
8. Kim Yoon-seok - 62,532,565
9. Kang Dong-won - 58,922,506
10. Ma Dong-seok - 49,890,963

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'Evil' beats 'Peninsula' to become most watched summer film of 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean action thriller "Deliver Us From Evil" has emerged as the most-watched film at the country's box office this summer, outpacing the performance of homegrown zombie apocalypse movie "Peninsula," data showed Thursday.

The number of combined viewers for "Evil," starring Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae, reached 3.87 million as of early Wednesday, surpassing the 3.79 million aggregate tally for "Peninsula," according to the data by the Korean Film Council.

For the entire year to-date, "The Man Standing Next," starring Lee Byung-hun, remains the top grossing movie, with 4.75 million combined viewers from its theatrical release in January.

This still image provided by CJ Entertainment shows a scene from South Korean action thriller "Deliver Us From Evil," starring Hwang Jung-min (R) and Lee Jung-jae. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)




The U.S. poster for South Korean zombie action film "Peninsula," provided by NEW (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 

Whether "Evil" can sustain its momentum throughout the rest of the summer, however, remains unclear, as the government has place toughened social distancing guidelines in the greater Seoul area amid a rapid growth in the number of COVID-19 transmissions.

The cinema industry is also adjusting to the new government guidelines, with multiplex chain CGV having lowered the maximum audience capacity at screenings to 50 percent.

Meanwhile, "Peninsula" is set to open in the United States on Friday (local time) in a limited release in 126 theaters across the country, including on 59 IMAX screens. The film will open under the title "Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula" in the U.S.

According to its South Korean distributor NEW, "Peninsula," the sequel to director Yeon Sang-ho's 2016 smash hit "Train To Busan," has grossed over US$50 million at the global box office since its first release in Korea in mid-July.





CGV stops ticket sales to cut seating capacity on tightened social distancing

SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's multiplex chain GGV said Wednesday that it has suspended its ticket booking service to reduce seating capacities at screenings as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19.

From Tuesday, CGV, a movie theater operating unit of entertainment giant CJ Group, started to sell tickets for the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster film "Tenet," set to be released next Wednesday.

Nearly all available tickets for IMAX theaters had been sold out as of early Wednesday, according to CGV. The company has put about 70 percent of the seats on sale.

But following tightened social distancing guidelines placed on the greater Seoul region, CGV decided to lower seating capacities down to 50 percent, suspending its ticket booking service.

As a result, pre-sold tickets of "Tenet" for IMAX theaters were canceled and refunded, with CGV asking customers to reserve tickets again under the new seating arrangements.

Customers who have bought tickets for other movies of which booked seating capacities remain below 50 percent will be assigned new seating numbers, CGV said. 

In this file photo, taken on May 24, 2020, a movie theater in Seoul is seen nearly empty. (Yonhap)


The move came as Seoul and the surrounding regions have reported hundreds of new daily COVID-19 cases for days, leading quarantine authorities to strengthen social distancing.

The recent spike in cases of the highly infectious virus has stoked a sense of foreboding within the film industry, which was hit hard by the new coronavirus this past spring.

The number of moviegoers hit rock bottom in April with an all-time low of 970,000, while dozens of homegrown and foreign movies delayed their release schedules.

Thanks to summer blockbusters, such as the zombie action adventure "Peninsula," however, total admissions rose for three straight months to reach 5.62 million in July.

But with the number of new virus cases growing fast, the recent upward momentum may end up short-lived. On Tuesday, theaters across the country drew some 140,000 moviegoers, down sharply from the 400,000 figure for Monday, according to box office data.



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Jung Woo Sung to Star in Lee Jung Jae’s Directorial Debut Film ‘Hunt’

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Credit: Artist Company

Jung Woo Sung confirmed his appearance in actor Lee Jung Jae’s directorial debut film Hunt (literal translation).

On August 21, Megabox Plus M confirmed the casting of Jung Woo Sung in the new movie Hunt. Hunt is a spy action drama about Park Pyung Ho and Kim Jung Do, National Intelligence Service (NIS) agents, chasing after a North Korean spy and facing the shocking truth.

Jung Woo Sung will play Kim Jung Do, Park Pyung Ho’s partner and a rival. Through this work, he plans to increase the tension of the play by capturing the dilemma that the character faces, as well as presenting splendid actions. Previously, Lee Jung Jae confirmed that he will both direct and star in the movie.

Especially, the fact that Lee Jung Jae and Jung Woo Sung, who are long-time best friends and actors from the same agency, will work together in Lee Jung Jae’s directorial debut film is drawing much attention.




Starting on August 22, Lee Jung-jae’s Netflix TV drama ‘Round Six / Squid Game’ will stop filming for 1 month.

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[PICK] Stars Who Will Return with Netflix Original Series

by krishkim | Edited by Hwang Hong Sun | Translated by Kim Hoyeun


With the success of Kingdom and Extracurricular, Netflix’s interest in original Korean content has increased significantly. Netflix, which is receiving as much attention as blockbuster movies and TV series, is attracting more attention than ever before by speeding up the production of Korean content. Let’s take a look at what works and stars will greet you through Netflix.


Round Six


Credit: Artist Company, BH Entertainment

Round Six, the first drama challenge of Miss Granny and The Fortress director Hwang Dong Hyuk, depicts a story of people who decide to play a mysterious survival game that has a whopping 40-million-dollar prize at stake. Lee Jung Jae and Park Hae Soo will star as Ki Hoon and Sang Woo, who join the game thinking that it’s a last chance to escape the bottom of their lives. What stories will unfold in a cold-blooded survival game with only one winner?



The School Nurse Files


Credit: Netflix

Novel-based drama The School Nurse Files tells the story of a school nurse coming upon an unusual mystery at her newly appointed high school and using her special ability to protect her students. Directed by Lee Kyung Mi, known for The Truth Beneath and Persona, expectations are high on how her unique colors will blend with the original novel’s cheerful fantasy story. Jung Yoo Mi and Nam Joo Hyuk will work together as a school nurse and a Chinese character teacher. It will be released on September 25.


Sweet Home


Credit: Namoo Actors, Greennaraemedia, The Contents On

Directed by Lee Eung Bok, who produced Mr.Sunshine and Descendants of the Sun, Sweet Home depicts a bizarre and mysterious story that takes place after a high school student, who has been bullied, loses his family and moves to a new apartment. Love Alarm star Song Kang has been cast as the main character Cha Hyun Soo, who steps out into a world to save people, and Lee Jin Wook, Lee Shi Young, Park Gyu Young, Lee Do Hyun, Kim Gab Soo, and Kim Nam Hee will play big and small roles. Attention is focusing on how well the drama will reproduce the original work, which was full of fun of inferring the desires of people who became monsters in a closed space.


Move to Heaven


Credit: Little Big Pictures, NEW

Move to Heaven tells a story that takes place when Geu Roo, who has Asperger’s syndrome, and his uncle Sang Goo, who became a temporary guardian, end up running a trauma cleaning business together. Lee Je Hoon and Tang Jun Sang will play the main roles who uncover various stories of the deceased while experiencing different emotions and sentiments about life, death, and family.




Credit: United Artisits Agency, Sam Company

The webtoon Hellbound, published by director Yeon Sang Ho and Awl writer Choi Kyu Seok, will be produced as a Netflix original series. Directed by Yeon Sang Ho himself, it is a story about a supernatural phenomenon where supernatural beings from hell appear out of nowhere to condemn people to hell. Yoo Ah In and Park Jung Min will each play the head of the “New Truth Society” and a producer in a broadcasting station who delves into the truth behind “New Truth Society.“ And Kim Hyun Joo takes on the role of a lawyer who stands up against “New Truth Society.” In addition, Won Jin Ah, Yank Ik Jun, Ryu Kyung Soo, and Ki Do Yoon and Lee Re, who have already worked with director Yeon Sang Ho in the movie Peninsula, will appear.


The Silent Sea


Credit: SHOWBOX, Lotte Entertainment

The Silent Sea follows a story of elite scientists who set off for the moon to retrieve some unknown samples from an abandoned research station on the year of 2030. It is based on the eponymous 2014 short film directed by Choi Hang Yong, which garnered attention at the Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival. Jung Woo Sung will participate in the project as a producer, while Gong Yoo and Bae Doo Na took the lead roles.



All of Us Are Dead


Credit: at9 Film, 300company

Webtoon-original series All of Us Are Dead is about a group of high school students who face an extreme crisis situation when they are trapped in the school, while a zombie virus spreads like wildfire. Park Ji Hoo, who gained much attention last year with movie House of Hummingbird, will play cheerful Ohn Jo, while Yoon Chan Young, who showed solid performance in drama Nobody Knows, will take on the role of Cheong San, a boy who tries his best to protect his crush, Ohn Jo.



Extracurricular director Kim Jin Nam will partner with Netflix once again to produce Nemesis. Nemesis depicts the revenge of Jiwoo, a woman who joins a gang to avenge her father’s death then goes undercover as a cop.




Netflix Halts All Production of Korean Content

by krishkim

Credit: Netflix

Following the re-surge in COVID-19, Netflix decided to put a stop on the production of all Korean content.

On August 21, Netflix announced that they have decided to halt all Korean content currently under production.

“Netflix has decided to suspend all content production schedules for the time being for the sake of government recommendations for public safety and the safety of all staff participating in the production of Korean content.

Although the progress of the production will be affected depending on the future situations, we will decide to resume the production by considering the safety of the creators and the production team as a top priority.”

As a result, all Netflix’s Korean content, including Round Six (starring Lee Jung Jae and Park Hae Soo) and All of Us Are Dead, will come to a stop. An official added, “All content currently in production or preparing for production has been suspended.”

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On 8/9/2020 at 3:04 PM, Helena said:

[Box Office - Daily] DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Day / Daily Admission (people) / Total Admission (people) / Daily Rank
Wed 2020-08-05: 344,916 [350,050] (#1)
Fri 2020-08-21: 49,477 [3,974,029]

Sat 2020-08-22: 69,764 [4,043,832]
Source: http://www.kobis.or.kr/


‘Delivered Us from Evil’ surpassed 4 million viewers on the 18th day. ‘New World’ took 26 days.




Hardboiled Action Flick Draws over 4 Million Moviegoers


August 24, 2020

"Deliver Us from Evil" drew over 4 million viewers in less than a month since its release early this month. The feat is considered remarkable amid the coronavirus epidemic.

According to the Korean Film Council, the action flick has become the first film to attract more than 4 million moviegoers so far this year since "The Man Standing Next," which was released in January.

The film, packed with hardboiled action and relentless chase scenes, has drawn much attention as it reunites actors Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae for the first time since their 2013 hit "New World." Hwang plays a hit man, and Lee chases him all the way to Thailand to avenge his brother's death.

But it remains to be seen whether the film will continue to attract viewers due to a recent resurgence of coronavirus.




“Deliver Us From Evil” Is The 1st Korean Film Since February To Surpass 4 Million Moviegoers


by C. Hong | Aug 22, 2020

According to the Korean Film Commission’s records, “Deliver Us From Evil” surpassed 4 million moviegoers on August 22 at 1:30 p.m. KST. This is the first time in 2020 since the film “The Man Standing Next” (which was released in January and reached the milestone in February) that a film has surpassed 4 million moviegoers at the box office.


The cast thanked moviegoers for helping their film achieve the milestone. Hwang Jung Min, who is filming a new movie in Jordan, said, “I really wanted to say that I am sincerely grateful.” Lee Jung Jae said, “4 million people came to see our movie. Thank you very much.” Park Jung Min said, “It is thanks to the moviegoers that our film could receive so much love and that theaters can continue to show films. It is an honor and I am deeply grateful. I hope that everyone stays healthy and that Korean films continue to receive a lot of love.”


Despite movie theaters being impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, “Deliver Us From Evil” reached 1 million moviegoers in just four days, became the fastest Korean film this summer to reach 2 million moviegoers, and surpassed the 3 million milestone faster than previous hit action films “The Outlaws” and “Believer.”

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NOTE: this article’s about movies released in the summer only, therefore, director Bong Joon-ho’s ‘The Host’ (July 27, 2006) was mentioned as the 1st movie to attract 10 million moviegoers.  Overall, the 1st movie to sell more than 10 million tickets in South Korea was director Kang Woo-suk’s ‘Silmido’ (led by Seol Kyung-gu; released on December 24, 2003), followed by director Kang Je-gyu’s ‘Taegukgi’ (Jang Dong-gun, Won Bin; Feb 6, 2004), director Lee Joon-ik’s ‘The King and the Clown’ (Gam Woo-sung, Jung Jin-young, Lee Joon-gi; Dec 29, 2005).

[PICK] Summer Box Office Issues Over the Years


by krishkim | Edited by Hwang Hong Sun | Translated by Kim Hoyeun

2006 – First Movie to Attract 10 Million Moviegoers



The Host | Credit: SHOWBOX

The first movie to draw 10 million moviegoers came out. It’s The Host, in which director Bong Joon Ho and actor Song Kang Ho joined hands again after Memories of Murder. As it received positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, it successfully attracted audiences as expected and topped the box office in the summer and became the number one box office hit in 2016.


2007 – Debate over ‘D-War’



D-War | Credit: SHOWBOX

The summer of 2007 was hot with controversy. Director Shim Hyung Rae’s D-War sparked controversy over patriotism marketing and its disappointing level of completion. Despite negative issues, the movie topped the summer box office and the 2008 box office.


2009 – Double Box Office Hits



Haeundae | Credit: CJ Entertainment

Haeundae (director: Yoon Je-kyun; cast: Seol Kyung-gu, Ha Ji-won, Park Joong-hoon, Uhm Jung-hwa) and Take Off (director: Kim Yong-hwa; cast: Ha Jung-woo, Kim Dong-wook, Kim Ji-seok), which caused concerns at first, turned the game around and became box office hits. Even before its release, Haeundae has been rumored to be pretty bad, but it became the second movie to attract 10 million moviegoers during the summer season since The Host. Take Off, which started a bit rocky, eventually drew 8.48 moviegoers, drawing attention.


2011 – Unexpected Failure and Success



War of the Arrows | Credit: Lotte Entertainment

In the summer of 2011, the box office failure of Sector 7 (director: Kim Ji-hoon; cast: Ha Ji-won) and the surprising success of War of the Arrows (director: Kim Han-min; cast: Park Hae-il) stood out. Though it was expected to receive great results, Sector 7 became a box-office flop with its mediocre results. Rather, relatively less-interested War of the Arrows received favorable reviews, becoming a box office hit that summer.


2012 – ‘The Thieves’ Beat Out Superheroes


The Thieves | Credit: SHOWBOX

The Thieves (director: Choi Dong-hoon; cast: Kim Yoon-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Jeon Ji-hyun), which boasts its luxurious cast, beat out The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises and became the number one box office hit that summer. In addition, Cha Tae Hyun’s comedy film The Grand Heist and Korean-style disaster film Deranged received solid results.


2013 – Win-Win for Both David and Goliath



The Terror Live | Credit: Lotte Entertainment

Director Bong Joon Ho’s global project Snowpiercer, which had a budget of 40 billion KRW (about 33,564,228 USD), and Ha Jung Woo’s The Terror Live (director: Kim Byung-woo), which only had a budget of 4 billion KRW (about 3,356,422 USD), were released with just one day apart, and drew 9.34 million and 5.58 million moviegoers, respectively. No one would have expected that The Terror Live would perform so well against Snowpiercer.


2014 – All-Time Box Office Hit



Roaring Currents | Credit: CJ Entertainment

The battle over the 2014 summer box office was fierce. From SHOWBOX’s KUNDO: Age of the Rampant (Yoon Jong-bin), to CJ’s Roaring Currents (Kim Han-min), Lotte’s The Pirates (Lee Seok-hoon), and NEW’s Haemoo (Shim Sung-bo), the top four Korean film distributors released their best works side by side. The final winner was Roaring Currents, which became the new number one Korean box office hit movie. Even till now, it maintains its top spot of 17.61 moviegoers.


2015 – Triple 10 Million Movies



Veteran | Credit: CJ Entertainment

In the summer of 2015 alone, not one but three movies attracted 10 million moviegoers. Assassination (director: Choi Dong-hoon; cast: Jeon Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae, Ha Jung-woo) and Veteran (director: Ryu Seung-wan; Hwang Jung-min, Yoo ah-in), which was released with a week interval, both attracted 10 million moviegoers. In particular, Assassination director Choi Dong Hoon drew much attention as he made back-to-back hits following The Thieves. Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron became the first foreign film to garner 10 million moviegoers in the summer season.


2016 – Big Four Show Great Results



Train to Busan | Credit: NEW

In the summer of 2016, all four major distributors unveiled their movies side by side once again. Each of NEW’s Train to Busan (director: Yeon Sang-ho; admission: 11,567,341), CJ’s Operation Chromite (director: John H. Lee; cast: Lee Jung-Jae; admission: 7,050,475), SHOWBOX’s Tunnel (director: Kim Sung-hoon; cast: Ha Jung-woo; admission: 7,120,508), and Lotte’s The Last Princess (director: Hur Jin-ho; admission: 5,599,655) presented their unique subjects and genre, receiving excellent reviews.


2017 – Controversy over Monopolistic Structure



A Taxi Driver | Credit: SHOWBOX

Director Ryu Seung Wan’s The Battleship Island, which drew much attention from the production stage, failed to break the break-even point (6.6 million moviegoers) due to the spread of negative issues, including patriotism marketing, poor historical research, and controversy over its monopolistic system. On the other hand, A Taxi Driver (director: Jang Hoon; cast: Song Kang-ho), based on a touching true story, steadily gained popularity and became a 10 million movie, while Midnight Runners, starring Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha Neul, received solid results.


2018 – First Movie Series to Attract 10 Million Moviegoers



Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days | Credit: Lotte Entertainment

In the summer of 2018, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days, the sequel to Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, was released in about eight months since the prequel was released, and attracted 12.27 million moviegoers. With this, Along with the Gods series (Kim Yong-hwa) became the first Korean movie series to draw 10 million moviegoers with both its movies. On the other hand, Illang: The Wolf Brigade (Kim Jee-woon), a live-action Japanese animation of the same name, failed to exceed 1 million moviegoers amid harsh reviews.

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[KOREA Box Office] Which Summer Korean Movies of 2020 Became the Box Office Hit?

by krishkim | Edited by Yang Young Jun | Translated by Kim Hoyeun



After brave rookie directors re-opened the theaters in June, Korean blockbuster and comedy movies began to attract moviegoers in July and August. What results did the four new movies – Peninsula, Steel Rain 2: Summit, Deliver Us From Evil, and Okay! Madam – get (as of August 23)?



Peninsula (release date: 07.15.2020)



Credit: NEW

First weekend audience/Box Office: 1,225,472/KRW 11.063 Billion (about 9,330,282 USD)

Accumulated audience/Box Office: 3,803,946/KRW 33.019 Billion (about 27,847,472 USD)

Director Yeon Sang Ho’s new blockbuster Peninsula opened the summer theater. As a sequel to Train to Busan, which marked the start of “K-Zombie,” Peninsula became a hot topic when it was officially invited to the Cannes Film Festival and drew 350,000 moviegoers on the first day of its release, the highest record this year. The original break-even point of Peninsula was 5.7 million viewers (budget of 19 billion KRW/16,018,356 USD), but it was lowered to 2.5 million viewers by a calculation method that deducts overseas sales and expected VOD earnings in advance.



Steel Rain 2: Summit (release date: 07.29.2020)



Credit: Lotte Entertainment

First weekend audience/Box Office: 662,686/KRW 5.874 Billion (about 4,954,290 USD)

Accumulated audience/Box Office: 1,772,991/KRW 14.565 Billion (about 12,284,514 USD)

It is the sequel to director Yang Woo Suk’s 2017 film Steel Rain. On the first day of its release, it attracted 220,000 viewers, a similar number to the prequel. But VOD was released without achieving 3.95 million moviegoers, due to unfavorable factors such as COVID-19, heavy rain, worsening inter-Korean relations at the time of its release, and unfavorable reviews.



Deliver Us From Evil (release date: 08.05.2020)


Credit: CJ Entertainment

First weekend audience/Box Office: 1,389,498/KRW 12.545 Billion (about 10,579,266 USD)

Accumulated audience/Box Office: 4,105,610/KRW 36.461 Billion (about 30,747,758 USD)

The first release in August, Deliver Us From Evil, began with about 340,000 viewers on the first day of its release, which is similar to Peninsula, and the number of moviegoers began to multiply amid rave reviews. On August 22, the 18th day of its release, the movie surpassed 4 million viewers, achieving the break-even point (3.5 million viewers) and winning the title of “4 million movies” for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19.



Okay! Madam (release date: 08.12.2020)



Credit: Megabox Plus M

First weekend audience/Box Office: 574,137/KRW 5.425 Billion (about 4,573,813 USD)

Accumulated audience/Box Office: 1,135,328/KRW 10.209 Billion (about 8,607,490 USD)

It is an action comedy movie about an “airplane hijacking incident” and seemed to have a solid box office success when it attracted a total of 780,000 moviegoers until the first weekend of its release. However, the red light came on to its journey to break-even point when the number of viewers plunged in the second week due to the unexpected re-surge of COVID-19. The break-even point is 2 million moviegoers.

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'Deliver Us From Evil' tops box office for 20 days

By Dong Sun-hwa | 2020-08-25

“Deliver Us From Evil." Courtesy of CJ Entertainment

Crime-action movie "Deliver Us From Evil" has topped the local box office for 20 days as of Monday, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). 

The council said the movie attracted 30,408 filmgoers on Monday, outdoing the comedy-action film "Okay! Madam" (15,368) and the Japanese anime movie "Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ― The Lost Hiroshi ―" (5,780).

But daily box office sales were only 63,788, largely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) flare-up in Korea. 

Since Deliver Us From Evil hit local theaters on Aug. 5, it has sold more than 4.13 million tickets as of Monday. It is the year's second movie to draw an audience of more than 4 million after "The Man Standing Next" reached the milestone on Feb. 1. 

The film follows the story of hitman In-nam ― played by Hwang Jung-min ― who is chased by villain Ray ― played by Lee Jung-jae. The pair co-starred in the 2013 hit crime drama "New World."

Hong Won-chan, who was behind the success of the thriller "Office" (2014), directed the movie. 

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The 29th Buil Film Awards [Nominations]



* Best Film 최우수작품상
The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들
House of Hummingbird 벌새
Tune in for Love 유열의 음악앨범
Moonlit Winter 윤희에게
Lucky Chan-sil 찬실이는 복도 많지


* Best Director 최우수감독상
Kim Do-young 김도영 (Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982 82년생 김지영)
Woo Min-ho 우민호 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Kim Bora 김보라 (House of Hummingbird 벌새)
Jung Ji-woo 정지우 (Tune in for Love 유열의 음악앨범)
Lim Dae-hyung 임대형 (Moonlit Winter 윤희에게)


* Best Leading Actor 남우주연상
Lee Byung-hun 이병헌 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Lee Jung-jae 이정재 (Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서)
Hwang Jung-min 황정민 (Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서)
Jung Woo-sung 정우성 (Beasts Clawing at Straws 지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들)
Han Seok-gyu 한석규 (Forbidden Dream 천문: 하늘에 묻는다)


* Best Leading Actress 여우주연상
Jung Yu-mi 정유미 (Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982 82년생 김지영)
Lee Young-ae 이영애 (Bring Me Home 나를 찾아줘)
Lee Joo-young 이주영 (Baseball Girl 야구소녀)
Kim Hee-ae 김희애 (Moonlit Winter 윤희에게)
Jeon Do-yeon 전도연 (Beasts Clawing at Straws 지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들)


* Best Supporting Actor 남우조연상
Shin Jung-geun 신정근 (Steel Rain 2: Summit 강철비2: 정상회담)
Lee Hee-joon 이희준 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Park Jung-min 박정민 (Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서)
Koo Kyo-hwan 구교환 (Peninsula 반도)
Kim Young-min 김영민 (Lucky Chan-sil 찬실이는 복도 많지)


* Best Supporting Actress 여우조연상
Kim So-jin 김소진 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Lee Re 이레 (Peninsula 반도)
Jeon So-nee 전소니 (Ghost Walk 밤의 문이 열린다)
Kim Sae-byuk 김새벽 (House of Hummingbird 벌새)
Yoon Yeo-jung 윤여정 (Lucky Chan-sil 찬실이는 복도 많지)

* Best New Director 신인 감독상
Yi Ok-seop 이옥섭 (Maggie 메기)
Kim Bora 김보라 (House of Hummingbird 벌새)
Jung Jin-young 정진영 (Me and Me 사라진 시간)
Jo Min-jae 조민재 (Tiny Light 작은 빛)
Kim Kyoung-hee 김초희 (Lucky Chan-sil 찬실이는 복도 많지)


* Best New Actor 신인남자연기상
Hong Kyung 홍경 (Innocence 결백)
Park Hae-soo 박해수 (By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture 양자물리학)
Jung Hae-in 정해인 (Tune in for Love 유열의 음악앨범)
Kwak Jin-moo 곽진무 (Tiny Light 작은 빛)
Kim Dae-Gun 김대건 (Clean Up 호흡)
* Best New Actress 신인여자연기상
Kim Ah-song 김아송 (Bori 나는보리)
Park Ji-hoo 박지후 (House of Hummingbird 벌새)
Choi Sung-eun 최성은 (Start-Up 시동)
Kim So-hye 김소혜 (Moonlit Winter 윤희에게)
Kang Mal-geum 강말금 (Lucky Chan-sil 찬실이는 복도 많지)


* Best Screenplay 각본상
Woo Min-ho 우민호 & Lee Ji-min 이지민 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Kim Bora 김보라 (House of Hummingbird 벌새)
Choi Yoon-tae 최윤태 (Baseball Girl 야구소녀)
Kim Kyoung-hee 김초희 (Lucky Chan-sil 찬실이는 복도 많지)
Ha Yoon-jae 하윤재 (Nailed 카센타)


* Best Cinematography 촬영상
Go Nak-seon 고락선 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Hong Kyung-pyo 홍경표 (Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서)
Lee Hyung-deok 이형덕, Jung Ki-won 정기원 (Peninsula 반도)
Kim Ji-yong 김지용 (Ashfall 백두산)
Kang kook-hyun 강국현 (House of Hummingbird 벌새)


* Best Music 음악상
Cho Young-wook 조영욱 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Mowg 모그 (Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서)
Bang Jun-seok 방준석 (Ashfall 백두산)
Yeon Ri-mok 연리목 (Tune in for Love 유열의 음악앨범)
Jo Sung-woo 조성우 (Forbidden Dream 천문: 하늘에 묻는다)


* Best Art Direction & Technical 미술/기술상
Art Direction | Yang Hong-sam 양홍삼 (Steel Rain 2: Summit | 강철비2: 정상회담)
Art Direction | Cho Hwa-sung 조화성, Park Gyu-bin 박규빈 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Martial Art | Lee Geon-mun 이건문 (Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서)
VFX | Lee Jeon-hyung 이전형, Choi Jae-cheon 최재천 (Peninsula 반도)
Costume Design | Jo Sang-gyung 조상경 (Forbidden Dream 천문: 하늘에 묻는다)


* Popular Actor 남자 인기스타상



* Popular Actress 여자 인기스타상




* Best Leading Actor 남우주연상
Lee Byung-hun 이병헌 (The Man Standing Next 남산의 부장들)
Lee Jung-jae 이정재 (Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서)
Hwang Jung-min 황정민 (Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서)

Jung Woo-sung 정우성 (Beasts Clawing at Straws 지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들)
Han Seok-gyu 한석규 (Forbidden Dream 천문: 하늘에 묻는다)


Previous Buil Film Awards Best Actor winners:
2016: Lee Byung-hun 이병헌 (Inside Men 내부자들)



2015: Lee Jung-jae 이정재 (Assassination 암살)



2013: Hwang Jung-min 황정민 (New World 신세계)






* Best Leading Actress 여우주연상
Jung Yu-mi 정유미 (Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982 82년생 김지영)
Lee Young-ae 이영애 (Bring Me Home 나를 찾아줘)
Lee Joo-young 이주영 (Baseball Girl 야구소녀)
Kim Hee-ae 김희애 (Moonlit Winter 윤희에게)
Jeon Do-yeon 전도연 (Beasts Clawing at Straws 지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들)


Previous Buil Film Awards Best Actress winners:
2019: Jeon Do-yeon 전도연 (Birthday 생일)



2018: Kim Hee-ae  김희애 (Herstory 허스토리)



2015: Jeon Do-yeon 전도연 (The Shameless 무뢰한)



2011: Jung Yu-mi 정유미 (Oki’s Movie 옥희의 영화)




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Deliver Us from Evil will be available via VOD on September 9.


Best Selling Films of 2020
Rank / Film / Release Date / Admission (people)
1. The Man Standing Next | 2020-01-22 | 4,750,208
2. Deliver Us from Evil | 2020-08-05 | 4,288,598
3. Peninsula | 2020-07-15 | 3,810,587
4. Hitman: Agent Jun | 2020-01-22 | 2,406,232
5. #Alive | 2020-06-24 | 1,903,704
6. Steel Rain 2: Summit | 2020-07-29 | 1,780,900
7. Dolittle | 2020-01-08 | 1,607,082
8. Honest Candidate | 2020-02-12 | 1,536,732
9. The Closet | 2020-02-05 | 1,270,835
10. OK! MADAM | 2020-08-12 | 1,213,642


Source: http://www.kobis.or.kr/

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Check Out the Nominees for 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards


by krishkim



Credit: Blue Dragon Film Awards


While the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards announced the final nominees for the awards, fierce competitions are expected.


The upcoming Blue Dragon Film Awards, scheduled to be held on December 11, will present a total of 18 awards.  Today, 15 categories announced the nominations (the rest three are Popularity Award, Best Short Film, and Most viewed Picture) selected through a survey of film industry experts and ordinary moviegoers about Korean films that were released between October 11, 2019, and October 29, 2020.


The Man Standing Next was nominated in a total of 10 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay, while Deliver Us From Evil was spotted in 8 different categories.  Moonlit Winter and Kim Ji Young, Born 1982 were each nominated in 7 and 6 categories.


You can check out the rest of the nominees below.


Best Picture:

Moving On

The Man Standing Next

Voice of Silence

Moonlit Winter

Kim Ji Young, Born 1982


Best Director:

Yang Woo Seok (Steel Rain 2: Summit)

Yeon Sang Ho (Peninsula)

Woo Min Ho (The Man Standing Next)

Im Dae Hyung (Moonlit Winter)

Hong Won Chan (Deliver Us From Evil)


Best Actor:

Yoo Ah In (Voice of Silence)

Lee Byung Hun (The Man Standing Next)

Lee Jung Jae (Deliver Us From Evil)

Jung Woo Sung (Steel Rain 2: Summit)

Hwang Jung Min (Deliver Us From Evil)

(previously won Best Actor award) 1999 Lee Jung-jae, 2005+2013 Hwang Jung-min, 2015 Yoo Ah-in, 2016 Lee Byung-hun, 2019 Jung Woo-sung


Best Actress:

Kim Hee Ae (Moonlit Winter)

Ra Mi Ran (Honest Candidate)

Shin Min Ah (Diva)

Jeon Do Yeon (Beasts Clawing at Straws)

Jung Yu Mi (Kim Ji Young, Born 1982)


Best Supporting Actor:

Park Jung Min (Deliver Us From Evil)

Shin Jung Geun (Steel Rain 2: Summit)

Yoo Yeon Seok (Steel Rain 2: Summit)

Lee Sung Min (The Man Standing Next)

Lee Hee Joon (The Man Standing Next)


Best Supporting Actress:

Kim Mi Kyung (Kim Ji Young, Born 1982)

Park Hye Soo (Samjin Company English Class)

Bae Jong Ok (Innocence)

Lee Re (Peninsula)

Esom (Samjin Company English Class)


Best New Director:

Kim Do Young (Kim Ji Young, Born 1982)

Kim Cho Hee (Lucky Chan-Sil)

Yoon Dan Bi (Moving On)

Jung Jin Young (Me and Me)

Hong Eui Jung (Voice of Silence)


Best New Actor:

Woo Do Hwan (The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful)

Yoo Tae Oh (Vertigo)

Lee Bong Geun (The Singer)

Lee Hak Joo (Welcome to the Guesthouse)

Hong Kyung (Innocence)


Best New Actress:

Kang Mal Geum (Lucky Chan-Sil)

Kim So Hye (Moonlit Winter)

Shin Hyun Bin (Beasts Clawing at Straws)

Shin Hye Sun (Innocence)

Lee Joo Young (Baseball Girl)


Best Screenplay:

Moving On

The Man Standing Next

Voice of Silence

Moonlit Winter

Kim Ji Young, Born 1982


Best Cinematography and Lighting:

Steel Rain 2: Summit

The Man Standing Next

Deliver Us From Evil




Best Editing:

The Man Standing Next

Deliver Us From Evil

Moonlit Winter

Beasts Clawing at Straws

Kim Ji Young, Born 1982


Best Music:

The Man Standing Next

Deliver Us From Evil

Samjin Company English Class

Moonlit Winter

Forbidden Dream


Best Art Direction:

The Man Standing Next

Deliver Us From Evil


Samjin Company English Class

Forbidden Dream


Best Technical Achievement:

The Man Standing Next (makeup)

Deliver Us From Evil (martial arts)

Peninsula (visual effects)

Ashfall (visual effects)

Samjin Company English Class (costuming)


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[KOREA Box Office] Movies that Have Surpassed Break-Even Points This Year


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The days when the “10 million viewers” movies were born are now in the past. With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic from February, the number of moviegoers visiting the theater dropped sharply. Let alone the box office hit, movies that surpassed the break-even points are hard to find.


Last year, five movies drew 10 million audience, but this year, there is not a single movie that recorded more than 5 million admissions. So far, there are only 8 movies that have surpassed the break-even points. And considering the fact that the pandemic is still ongoing, it’s pretty impressive.




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The first movie to break its break-even point was Hitman: Agent Jun, starring Kwon Sang Woo. Its break-even point stood at 2.4 million, which the movie reached on February 17. The second movie to exceed its break-even point was The Man Standing Next. The break-even point was initially estimated at 5 million moviegoers, but the final number stood at 4.75 million. However, it is rumored that the company has actually surpassed the break-even point by earning higher-than-expected in the secondary market. The third film is Honest Candidate, a comedy film starring Ra Mi Ran. The movie attracted a total of 1.52 million moviegoers, and the break-even point was 1.5 million.



Credit: Lotte Entertainment, Next Entertainment World, CJ Entertainment


As the number of COVID-19 confirmed patients skyrocketed in March, the number of moviegoers was frighteningly decreased, and the fourth movie that surpassed its break-even point came out in summer. #ALIVE, starring Park Shin Hye and Yoo Ah In, originally had the break-even point of 2.2 million admissions, but it fell to 1.96 million after making higher-than-expected sales in the VOD market. The final score for the movie was 1,903,727 viewers.


Peninsula, which was released in July, then surpassed the break-even point of 2.5 million.  Initially, the break-even point was estimated to be around 6 million, but it was reduced to 2.5 million after making a great profit in pre-sales. The movie attracted 3.81 million moviegoers. Deliver Us From Evil, which has a break-even point of 3.5 million, was released when the spread of COVID-19 dialed down a bit and recorded 4.35 million admissions in the end. With the R-rated Final Cut version released in October, the movie attracted 35,000 viewers.


The low-budget film Voice of Silence, starring Yoo Ah In and Yoo Jae Myung, also surpassed its break-even point. It totaled 400,000 audience, which is higher than the break-even point of 350,000. The most recent film that surpassed its break-even point is Pawn, a movie released in the Chuseok season. On November 9, more than a month after its release, the movie broke its break-even point of 1.7 million.  Since Pawn, Samjin Company English Class and Collectors kept up their pace and attracted more than 1 million viewers. Attention is focusing on whether the two films, which were released during these difficult times, can break their break-even points.


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[PICK] Movies with Shining Bromance


by krishkim | Edited by Hong Hyun Jung | Translated by Kim Hoyeun


The movie Seobok, scheduled to be released in December, has become the talk of the town. Not only is the topic of human clone, which is quite rare in Korean cinema, but also the presence of two leading actors caught the attention. Park Bo Gum and Gong Yoo starring in one project; Expectations are high on whether this top-class meeting will follow the successful steps of bromance movies and become a reliever in the film industry. What bromance movies saw box office success?


Deliver Us From Evil (2020)


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It’s about a man who gets involved in an unexpected incident after taking on his last contract killing and another man who chases after him. Hwang Jung Min and Lee Jung Jae reunited seven years after the film New World to show an intense chase that creates suspenseful thrill. Hwang Jung Min plays In Nam, who is only left with solitude and a sense of loss after being abandoned by his country, while Lee Jung Jae takes on the role of Ray, a ruthless killer. The two’s chemistry completes a desperate and deadly chase heading towards a catastrophe.

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Explainer | Korean New Wave cinema: how Shiri, Christmas in August and other movie hits put South Korea on the world map


  • Before the Korean New Wave exploded into life, South Korea’s moviegoers were happy to watch Hollywood films in cinemas and follow American stars
  • The box office success of Shiri in 1999 changed all that, and spawned blockbusters like Silmido, Friend and Taegukgi


By Richard James Havis | 17 Nov, 2020



Han Suk-kyu in a scene from Shiri. The film looked as slick as an American film and its phenomenal success at the local box-office in 1999 helped kick-start the Korean New Wave.


The Korean New Wave started a boom in domestic cinema during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was partly instigated by the phenomenal success of the action thriller Shiri at the local box office in 1999.


Before the New Wave, South Korea did not have a home-grown commercial cinema of note, and viewers preferred to watch Hollywood films in cinemas and follow American stars.


The box office success of Shiri, which was released in 1999, opened the way for a blossoming of commercial films, and introduced the term “Korean blockbuster”, which came to describe big-budget – for Korea – crowd-pleasing movies like Silmido, Friend and Taegukgi, films which quickly smashed box office records in the country.


Audiences who had generally been indifferent to Korean films turned out in force to see such movies, and they were supported by critical acclaim. Korean films became lucrative as a result, and investment poured in. This boosted the careers of a group of directors including Park Chan-wook, E J-yong and Kim Ki-duk, some of whom had already seen success in the late 1990s, and led to the production of a wide range of films that spanned genres.




Choi Min-sik (left) and Jeon Do-yeon in a still from Happy End (1999).


The film boom meant that talent was needed in front of the cameras, and this led to the establishment of a star system, with stars like Choi Min-sik not only matching, but replacing, US stars as fan favourites. In terms of adulation, the movie stars of the period were a precursor of today’s K-pop stars.


The effects of the New Wave were felt in the art-house sector as well as the commercial sector. A peculiar characteristic of Korean New Wave films was that some were commercial enough to play in cinemas at home but interesting enough to intrigue the foreign art-house audiences at film festivals.


Korean art house films had provoked quiet interest at festivals since the early 1990s, with the works of filmmakers like Park Kwang-su (To the Starry Island) and the country’s towering directorial genius, Im Kwon-taek (Sopyonje and around a hundred others), but they were generally regarded as marginal entries.


Commercially oriented films like E J-Yong’s An Affair had also pleased audiences at specialised Asian film festivals like Italy’s Udine Far East Film Festival.


But in the 2000s, Korean films became the “in thing” at international festivals, and achieved high-profile showings at major festivals like Cannes and Venice.




Cha Tae-hyun (left) and Jun Ji-hyun in a still from My Sassy Girl (2001). Photo: Handout


The success of the Korean New Wave primed international audiences for hallyu, the pop-cultural phenomenon that saw Korean television shows and musical acts become popular at first in Asia, and then all over the world.


What was so special about Shiri?


A quick answer to that would be the box office. Shiri, directed by Jacky Kang Je-gyu, was produced on a budget of around US$5 million but took US$26 million at the box office. Six million people in South Korea went to see it, with 2.4 million of those coming from Seoul. It topped the year-end charts as Korea’s highest-ever grossing film at the time.


In terms of plot, story and direction, Shiri – a mixture of espionage, romance and action – was little more than a competently staged action film. But it touched a chord with Korean viewers.


Korean audiences loved the fact Shiri looked as slick as an American film, and its accomplishments, both in technical and box success terms, evoked a sense of national pride. Koreans suddenly felt that their films could compete with those from the US, and proud audiences flocked to show their support.





Shiri’s story revolves around an undercover North Korean agent who falls in love with the South Korean agent who is trying to capture her.


The movie was groundbreaking in the way that it depicted a North Korean communist as a sensitive human being – a romantic lead, no less, albeit a murderous one. North Koreans had previously been depicted as evil communist stereotypes in South Korean popular culture.


Released during the time of the South’s Sunshine Policy, Shiri played into an optimism that a rapport could be achieved between the South and the North, an idea that was taken further and clarified in Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area.


What other New Wave films are important?


Korea had produced a number of lower-budget commercial films like the romantic The Contact before Shiri. These films, which were generally well received at home, paved the way for the post-Shiri surge. A small coterie of international critics, notably Variety’s Asian film expert Derek Elley, had already begun to comment on the slick and professional qualities such films displayed, and had written about them in the Western press.


Critics at home and abroad were quick to identify a new style of Korean film, noting strong commercial appeal and the directors’ propensity to mix genres – for instance, combining horror with a high school drama, or gangsters with comedy. The films also made use of tight narrative structures reminiscent of American movies, even though they were uniquely Korean in content and attitude.


Below are some of the New Wave films that created waves.


Lee Mi-sook (left) and Lee Jung-jae in a still from An Affair (1998). Photo: Handout


An Affair (1998)


Falling somewhere between a doomed romance in the manner of Douglas Sirk and a weepy television drama, An Affair marked the debut of director E J-Yong and the breakthrough of leading man Lee Jung-jae.


Veteran actress Lee Mi-sook plays a woman who falls in love with her younger sister’s dishy fiancé. The way the woman courageously takes control of her own destiny struck a chord with female viewers at home.


Christmas in August (1998)




Director Hur Jin-ho stood slightly outside the nascent New Wave scene, and this touching – and, of course, tragic – romance was considered a bit different at the time. Full of sensitivity, and compared to Francois Truffaut films by critics, it has been an enduringly popular film and has gained a cult-like following. The movie set actor Han Suk-kyu on the road to becoming a big star.


Peppermint Candy (1999)




Perhaps the best work by novelist-turned director Lee Chang-dong, this unrelenting drama shows how peer pressure and indoctrination can pervert even the most sensitive soul. The acting by Sol Kyung-gu and Lee’s direction are superb. One of the best Korean films of the 1990s.


Happy End (1999)




Brutal violence played a part in many Korean New Wave films, and it provided the twist in this movie by Jung Ji-woo, which begins as a typical romance before heading into psychodrama territory.


Lies (1999)




Art-house director Jang Sung-woo’s story about a sadomasochistic relationship between an older man and a young girl fails on all levels, but its racy subject matter still made it a talking point among critics and audiences when it premiered at the Busan International Film Festival.


The director was praised for challenging conservative sexual norms, showing the risk-taking approach of some of the New Wavers.


Il Mare (2000)


A cute romance seemingly influenced by the work of Japanese director Shunji Iwai, Il Mare tells of two lovers who communicate across time via letters posted in an old postbox. Tragedy ensues, of course.


The movie brought actress and former model Jun Ji-hyun to the attention of movie audiences, and shows the tone of the lighter efforts of the New Wave. It was popular enough to spawn a Hollywood remake.


Joint Security Area (2000)




Park Chan-wook’s film deals with the friendship that arises between two South Korean border guards and their counterparts in North Korea.


A well-judged drama that develops into a fully-fledged tragedy, the movie dared to say that, beneath the politics, communist citizens from the North weren’t any different to those from the South. Another box-office smash in Korea.


Friend (2001)




This big-budget gangster/coming-of-age drama owed a debt to Hong Kong gangster films, yakuza films, and Martin Scorsese’s work, and its potent mixture of harsh violence and sentimentality are common characteristics of the Korean New Wave.


By the time Friend was released, audiences were judging Korean films as “well made”, something that reflected the public’s feelings about Korean-made products in general.


My Sassy Girl (2001)




Jun Ji-hyun, in her breakout film, plays a gutsy young girl who puts an admirer in the shape of Chae Tae-hyun through his paces in a romantic comedy which pushes all the right buttons. The character’s independent spirit played well with female audiences.


Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (2002)




Uncompromising to the point of nastiness, this unpleasant sortie through some warped minds wasn’t much liked in Korea due to the excessive violence.


Director Park Chan-wook refined the revenge theme for his masterpiece Oldboy here. New Wave actress Bae Doona gives a typically idiosyncratic performance.


Taegukgi (2004)




Jacky Kang Je-gyu’s blockbusting follow up to Shiri showed how the New Wave directors used the Korean war as a backdrop for spectacular entertainment rather than political propaganda, appealing to a younger generation of viewers who had not lived through it.


Viewers also admired the high-class production values.


How did the films become so successful internationally?


Cinematic new waves must be genuine outpourings of talent to succeed and sustain themselves, and that was certainly true of the Korean New Wave. But matters were helped internationally by a skilful publicity organisation in the form of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and a powerful way of disseminating information, in the form of the newly established Busan (then called Pusan) International Film Festival.


KOFIC acted as a one-stop shop for those interested in Korean films at festivals, and instead of just focusing on foreign distributors, it actively courted international film critics.




Song Kang-ho in a scene from Joint Security Area (2000). Photo: Handout


Busan quickly became the venue to promote Korean films, and foreign critics were treated like royalty in its first years – they were provided with their own personal full-time guides to the city and given unlimited access to the filmmakers.


The openness and efficiency of the two organisations played a major part in disseminating news of the new cinematic wave abroad. The rest, as they say, is history.

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[PICK] Films that Flaunt Stellar Ensembles


by krishkim | Edited by Hong Hyun Jung | Translated by Kim Hoyeun


It’s been a while since the star-packed roster became a new trend in Korean cinema. Unlike how one or two stars led the plot, now, several actors imprint their individualities and fill the play more richly and colorfully. From the audiences’ point of view, we can enjoy both the pleasure of seeing “star actors” and the fun of watching a movie. Let’s check out a total of 8 films, ranging from movies that showed rather disappointing results to movies that became a box office hit.


Beasts Clawing at Straws (2019)



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Based on Keisuke Son’s novel, the movie is about the characters in desperate situations and their clashes surrounding a questionable money bag. It is a crime drama with a black comedy about a group of people blinded by desire and become hardened to blood or tears. Jeon Do Yeon, Jung Woo Sung, Youn Yuh Jung, Bae Seong Woo, Jin Kyung, Jung Man Sik, Shin Hyun Bin and Jung Ga Ram paint a terrible irony of clashing into unexpected situations as they try to seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


1987: When the Day Comes (2017)



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Set in 1987, the film captures the chain of events that led up to a huge roar triggered by the death of a student protester. It is based on the true story of the unlawful interrogation and death of a student activist named Park Jong Chul that ultimately prompted the June Democratic Uprising in Korea, and starts as a cold thriller and heads towards a heart-breaking story. And the actors who took part in filmizing the critical event in modern history are simply outstanding. With Kim Yoon Seok, who turned into a ruthless commissioner Park Cheo Won, in the center, Ha Jung Woo, Yoo Hae Jin, Kim Tae Ri, Park Hee Soon, Lee Hee Joon, Jo Woo Jin, Sol Kyung Gu, Gang Dong Won and Moon So Ri (in voice only) vividly performed the moment of 1987 as if they were running a relay.


Juror 8 (2018)



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The movie was inspired by South Korea’s first jury trial. The story of ordinary people being chosen as jurors and seek out the truth of a murder case through evidence, testimony, and confessions is unfolded quite speedily. Moon So Ri plays a presiding judge who always goes by the book, while Park Hyung Sik becomes a jury number 8 and drives the nation’s first jury trial into an unexpected direction with 7 other jurors played by Yoon Gyung Ho, Kim Hong Pa, Jo Han Chul, Kim Mi Kyung, Seo Jeong Yeon, Baek Soo Jang, Cho Soo Hyang.


The Thieves (2012)


Credit: Showbox

This movie follows Korean and Chinese professional thieves joining forces to pinch a $20 million diamond from an impenetrable casino vault. Directed by The Big Swindle and Tazza: The High Rollers director Choi Dong Hoon, this slick caper flick unfolds a thrilling drama with colorful attractions of conspiracy, betrayal and mixed desires in the colorful criminal world. And the cast lineup certainly wields its dignity. From Kim Yoon Seok and Kim Hye Soo, who worked with Director Choi in his previous project, to Lee Jung Jae, Jun Ji Hyun, Kim Soo Hyun, Kim Hae Sook, Simon Yam, Angelica Lee and Kwok Cheung Tsang transform into characteristic thieves.


The Face Reader (2013)


Credit: Showbox

During the Joseon period, when the King’s position is at stake, a disgraced nobleman with a gift for reading faces becomes enmeshed in a power struggle as he tries to alter the fate of Joseon. It combines Korean fortune-telling traditions of reading faces with historical events to create an intriguing story. Along with its unique narrative, the cast packed with A-list stars made headlines. Song Kang Ho and Lee Jong Suk become father and son, and on top of that, Jo Jung Suk joins as brother-in-law, adding to the fun. Lee Jung Jae, Kim Hye Soo and Baek Yoon Sik each play ambitious Grand Prince Suyang, entrancing gisaeng (Joseon’s courtesan) Yun Hong, and Kim Jongseo who has to protect the young King, and take part in dragging Nae Gyeong (Song Kang Ho) into a power struggle.


Secret Zoo (2019)



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The story begins when a lawyer who is stuck in a dead-end temp position is given a special job to revitalize a failing zoo. The absurd plot of a lawyer and zookeepers disguise themselves as animals and experience wildlife on the other side of the fence in order to save an endangered zoo is unraveled with cute humor. Ahn Jae Hong, Kang So Ra, Park Yeong Gyu, Kim Sung Oh and Jeon Yeo Been deliver a pleasant laugh with fantastic chemistry even in the difficult situation of having to act in the masks of polar bears, lions, giraffes, gorillas and giant sloths, respectively.


Intimate Strangers (2018)



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Friends meet for the first time in a long time and play a game of sharing the texts and calls they received that ultimately reveal each other’s secrets. Even though the story takes place in a limited space, fresh materials and unpredictable developments create a high immersion level, and the actors certainly show dazzling prowess. Yoo Hae Jin, Yum Jung Ah, Cho Jin Woong, Kim Ji Soo, Lee Seo Jin, Song Ha Yoon and Yoon Kyung Ho flawlessly become friends who start to feel more like strangers as they desperately try to hide their own untoward secrets. Lee Soon Jae, Ra Mi Ran, Jo Jung Suk and Jin Seon Kyu make special appearances as characters who cause embarrassing moments for the characters.


Parasite (2019)



Credit: CJ Entertainment

It’s a tragicomedy in which families from two opposite ends of wealth distribution fall into unexpected situations when they are unintentionally bridged. The movie completes the portrait of modern people living in an era of polarization, showcasing the originality of every character, from the Kim family who are all either working low-paying temporary jobs or unemployed, and the wealthy Park family, to long-time housekeeper Moon Gwang who is driven to the edge and Geun Sae who has been secretly living in the basement. The chemistry between the actors who portray a story that spreads out of control is by far the best. Song Kang Ho, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam and Jang Hye Jin become a “real” family, while Cho Yeo Jeong and Lee Sun Kyun realistically portray the power couple that steps outside of the already existing dichotomous thinking. Lee Jung Eun and Park Myung Hoon, who bring about a shocking twist, also cast a heavy presence.

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Lee Jung-jae, Kim Soo-hyun, TWICE honored at 2020 Asia Artist Awards


By Kwak Yeon-soo | 2020-11-29



Actors Lee Jung-jae, left, and Kim Soo-hyun deliver acceptance speech after winning the award at 2020 Asia Artist Awards held in Seoul, Saturday. Courtesy of AAA Organizing Committee


Actors Lee Jung-jae, Kim Soo-hyun as well as K-pop groups TWICE and BTS were honored at the 2020 Asia Artist Awards (AAA) ― the icing on the cake for their activities this year.


This year's ceremony was streamed online on MyMusicTaste, an online concert platform, Saturday night due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Lee was named best actor in the film category for his role as ruthless villain Ray in hardboiled action film "Deliver Us from Evil."


"Thank you so much for this," Lee said after receiving the award. "It was fun to play such a unique character in Deliver Us from Evil. I received so much help from fellow actors and the film crew. I'd like to thank the audience for watching the film when it hit the theaters."



Kim Soo-hyun took home the best actor award in the TV series category for portraying Moon Gang-tae, a caregiver who buries his emotions to better care for his older brother, in "It's Okay Not to Be Okay."


"I would like to sincerely thank producer Park Shin-woo, writer Jo Yong and all the production staff. I am very thankful to Oh Jung-se, Seo Yea-ji and other fellow actors," the actor said.


"While filming 'It's Okay Not to Be Okay,' I was curious about how the characters with emotional wounds and backstories change over time. I truly enjoyed expressing the complex narrative arc of the character," Kim said.



TWICE member Sana, fourth from left, speaks after receiving the Artist of the Year award at 2020 Asia Artist Awards in Seoul, Saturday. Courtesy of AAA Organizing Committee


TWICE won the Artist of the Year award for two straight years.


"Thank you for this honor. We feel humbled to receive this award for two consecutive years. A lot of people worked hard and cheered us on," TWICE's Nayeon said.


"Thanks to ONCE's (TWICE's fandom) continued love, we were able to receive such a big award again. We've been so far apart this year, but we could still feel your support."


BTS took home the Song of the Year award for "Dynamite" and Best of Best award, which was voted for by the public. Although the group couldn't be there in person to accept the award due to another engagement, BTS recorded a video for all the fans who voted for them.


"We're happy that Dynamite could give comfort and hope to listeners. Dear ARMY (BTS' fandom), you guys have been beyond wonderful all the years of our career. We haven't been able to see each other in concert, but we're able to sing and perform on stage with joy because of you."


Other big winners from the ceremony include NCT (Album of the Year), GOT7 (Performance of the Year), Monsta X (Stage of the Year) and Lim Young-woong (Trot of the Year). Hosted by Lee Teuk of Super Junior and Park Ju-hyun of Netflix original series "Extracurricular," the ceremony celebrated the best talents in the entertainment industry across 27 categories.




Park Seo Joon, Uhm Jung Hwa & Lee Jung Jae to Attend “2020 MAMA” as Presenters


by krishkim



Credit: Star Today, Star Daily News, Sports DongA


Park Seo Joon, Uhm Jung Hwa and Lee Jung Jae will be attending this year’s Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) as award presenters.




According to a media outlet, a total of 30 actors, including Park Seo Joon, Uhm Jung Hwa and Lee Jung Jae, will take part in 2020 MAMA as presenters.


Uhm Jung Hwa, who became the hottest topic this year in both the music and film industry with Refund Sisters and Okay! Madam, and Lee Jung Jae, who attracted 3 million moviegoers with his movie Deliver Us From Evil, have been chosen as award presenters. Park Seo Joon, who started the “Park Sae Roy craze” through Itaewon Class, will also be presenting an award. Besides the three, Jung Kyung Ho, Yoo Yeon Seok, Im Soo Jung, Lee Da Hee, Jeon Mi Do, Gong Myung, and more will take the stage as presenters. Song Joong Ki will be hosting the event.


MAMA, which has presented innovative stages every year as a global music festival that combines CJ’s competence and technologies, will visit fans with a new kind of music festival that transcends time and space this year.


2020 MAMA will be held at CJ ENM Content World on Dec 6.


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Blue Dragon Film Awards records

1. Winners of all 3 acting awards (Newcomer / Supporting / Leading) -> Lee Jung-jae, Jang Dong-gun



2. Going for 3rd Leading Actor/Actress Award -> Hwang Jung-min, Jeon Do-yeon

[[[ 6 stars who won it 3 times: Shin Young-gyun 신영균 (66, 69, 73), Yoon Jung-hee 윤정희 (72, 73, 10), Moon Sung-keun 문성근 (92, 94, 96), Kim Hye-soo 김혜수 (93, 95, 06), Choi Min-sik 최민식 (01, 03, 12), Song Kang-ho 송강호 (07, 14, 17) ]]]



3. Youngest Blue Dragon Best Leading Actor winner: Lee Jung-jae in 1999 (26 years old)

Youngest Blue Dragon Best Leading Actress winner: Kim Hye-soo in 1993 (23 years old)

Oldest Blue Dragon Best Leading Actor winner: Ahn Sung-ki in 2006 (54 years old)

Oldest Blue Dragon Best Leading Actress winner: Na Moon-hee in 2017 (76 years old)



4. Blue Dragon’s one-and-only dual winners -> Ahn Sung-ki & Park Joong-hoon won Best Leading Actor in 2006 for ‘Radio Star’





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