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August 12, 2015

[North America] Well Go USA Presents "Memories of the Sword"

Source: Hancinema,net l Well Go USA

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Well Go USA Presents "Memories of the Sword" in theaters August 28th!

Cities : New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Hawaii, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, New Jersey, Detroit, Houston, San Diego, Las Vegas, Toronto, Vancouver, with more cities TBA

Synopsis

As the greed and excess of a corrupt Monarchy threatens to destroy the once-glorious Goryeo Dynasty, three legendary warriors lead a revolt to overthrow the empire and save its people. But when deceit and betrayal costs the life of a master swordsman, a plot for justice and revenge is set into motion, raging for decades between the two survivors.

From the director of "Kids From Heaven" and starring Lee Byung-hun ("The Good, the Bad, the Weird", TERMINATOR GENISYS), Memories of the Sword is a lavish epic that blends tragic historical drama with thrilling swordplay and martial arts.

Director: Park Heung-sik

Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Go-eun

Genre: Action & Adventure, Foreign

Sub Genre: Martial Arts

Run Time: 121 Min

Theatrical Date: Aug 28, 2015

Original Language: Korean

Subtitle: English

Official US website : MemoriesOfTheSword.com 

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Junho invited Song Joong Ki to the premiere. Jung Do Yeon convinced director to cast Junho and made him to watch JH in movie Cold Eyes. Wow, so fast to release in U.S. I think this is the first movie that release in the same and less a  month as release in Korea. If I'm not mistaken.

#Junho Movie 'Memories of the Sword' now in cinemas! Let's watch it, again and again♥ 

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Review about Junho acting. Hope it will get translated soon. Anyway, LBH PR should mentioned about why he is not there during the VIP Premiere and promo. Most people assumed that he don't bother to do it. But actually he is filming in U.S.

All the attention from Chungmu-ro goes to multi-talented #Junho 

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Review about Junho acting. Hope it will get translated soon. Anyway, LBH PR should mentioned about why he is not there during the VIP Premiere and promo. Most people assumed that he don't bother to do it. But actually he is filming in U.S.

Right after he attended the press conference on July 24, it's already been mentioned in various Korean articles and a couple of English ones that he regretfully could not attend the Media Preview event on August 5 and the VIP Premiere on August 11 because of the filming in Baton Rouge. He was supposed to  finish filming in July (in time for the promos) but his US schedule had to be prolonged since they need to finish the filming no matter what after being extended. If not mistaken (using Google translation), during the media preview event, Director Park mentioned that LBH had called him to apologize for not being able to attend. There were articles on this but none were translated and posted anywhere, even Soompi. sigh.gif Even if there was an official statement by BH Entertainment which there was through the media articles, people probably would not bothered to care. 

Luckily he was able to do the CINE21 photo-shoot with JDY and KGE as they did it with the movi interviews all in one day.

Not sure when he'll be back, supposedly in September. Maybe if 'Memories of The Sword' is still screening, he might be able to attend at least one stage greeting. But looking at how underwhelming the response had been so far, it's hard to say if the movie would stay in the Box Office Top 10 for long.

 

Dir. Park, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Go Eun and Junho at MOTS Stage Greeting.

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After opening at number 4, looks like it will be tough days for 'Memories of the Sword' at the Korean Box Office. Probably taking more than awhile to reach the first million admission. After 2 days (plus some early screening), less than 200K audience watched the movie.

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Instagram sharing of MOTS tickets often come with a line or a paragraph of review. Using Google translate, reactions were mixed. Acting performances were not a problem, the cast have all shown their strength but the plot (and action) do not quite meet the audiences' liking. Presumably there's a major tearjerker moment and a double spoiler in the movie. While some liked the movie, word-of-mouth seems not enough to push the movie forward.

Anyone who has seen 'Memories of The Sword', share with us your thoughts. Thank you in advance.

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August 13, 2015

Cannes Queen Jeon Do-yeon vs. Kim Go-eun in “Memories of the Sword”

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In the upcoming movie “Memories of the Sword,” Cannes queen Jeon Do-yeon meets rising star Kim Go-eun. It’s the late Goryeo Dynasty, when the sword means power. The betrayal of a man who once dreamed of the throne and the two swords aimed at him 18 years later. “Memories of the Sword” is an action blockbuster that follows the fate of three swordsmen. The movie is garnering attention for bringing Cannes queen Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun on the same screen. We look at the behind-the-scene story of the two actresses.

The meeting between Chungmuro’s heroine Jeon Do-yeon and rising superstar Kim Go-eun goes back to the young actress’s debut “A Muse.” Jeon Do-yeon paid a surprise visit to the filming site of “A Muse” and gave advice to the then rookie Kim Go-eun to help her shine brighter on the screen.

Two years later, Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun met again in “Memories of the Sword.” The two actresses formed a tight bond as they trained hard at an action school six months prior to the first shoot. The veteran actress explained that Kim Go-eun is flexible while she is more powerful, bringing different action skills to the movie. The two actresses completed each other on the set and created beautiful and elegant action scenes that only they could pull off.  

Furthermore, Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun brought out the best of each other. When Kim Go-eun saw how Jeon Do-yeon was handling both the physical and mental demands of her first role as a swordsman, she said, “After seeing how she completed the difficult scenes so gracefully, I couldn’t complain a word.” Jeon Do-yeon also praised Kim Go-eun for fulfilling her role with passion, and said that the young actress could well be her friendly rival. 
 
Check out the explosive synergy between Cannes actress Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun in the movie “Memories of the Sword” coming to theaters on August 13.  

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August 17, 2015

'Veteran' tops weekend box-office, crushing 'Assassination'

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Yonhap) -- It was a battle between Korean action films at the weekend box office, with "Veteran" outperforming "Assassination," which has already drawn more than 10 million admissions, according to data from the official market tracker.

"Veteran," which is about a confrontation between a police detective and an heir of a family-owned conglomerate known here as "chaebol," secured 18.12 billion won (US$15.32 million) in ticket sales for the Aug. 14-16 weekend, according to computerized box-office figures from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

The amount represents 47.5 percent of the entire box-office revenues.

Directed by Rhoo Seung-wan, the film stars Hwang Jung-min as Seo Do-cheol, a hot-blooded detective with a strong sense of justice, and Yoo Ah-in as Jo Tae-oh, an arrogant and cruel chaebol heir, in addition to Yoo Hae-jin as a company executive who is Jo's right-hand man and Oh Dal-su as Seo's boss.

Released on Aug. 5, it has since attracted more than 6.64 million viewers as of Sunday.

"Assassination," which depicts Korean independence fighters' struggle against Japanese colonizers in the 1930s, ranked No. 2 on the weekend, earning 7.86 billion won from 767 screens across the country.

Starring Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo, the action flick by Choi Dong-hoon surpassed 10 million in attendance on Saturday when the country marked the 70th anniversary of the Korean liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule. It currently is the most-viewed Korean film year-to-date.

"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" came in third place, but lost much of its strength shown in the first two weeks of its run.

The fifth installment in the nearly 20-year-old film series earned 3.75 billion won from 500 screens, adding 469,283 to its accumulated number of viewers, which was 5.61 million as of Sunday.

Two other Korean films had a small opening weekend.

Released on Thursday, "Memories of the Sword" managed to sit at No. 6, collecting 247,119 viewers in its opening weekend. It has been seen by 330,000 people in the first week of its run, which is far below expectations for a film with top stars such as Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Do-yeon.

The romantic comedy "Wonderful Nightmare" started stronger than "Memories of the Sword," with 256,208 viewers on the weekend.

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August 16, 2015

Korea Box Office: Local Blockbusters Triumph on Holiday Weekend

Sonia Kil Variety.com

Representing a week-on-week rise of 18%, Ryoo Seung-wan’s “Veteran” earned $15.4 million from 2.25 million admissions between Friday and Sunday and held on to top spot over the busy Independence Day weekend.

The CJ Entertainment release has rapidly scored $44.4 million from 6.64 million admissions after 12 days on release.

Fittingly, Showbox’s period action drama “Assassination” crossed the 10 million admissions mark on Independence Day (Aug 15). It grossed $6.7 million from 989,600 admissions between Friday and Sunday, extending its total to $70.5 million from 10.7 million admissions. “Assassination” is now the top movie of the year, ahead of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” held third place, adding $3.2 million over the three-day weekend for $37.9 million. UPI’s “Minions” has made $14 million after three weekends on release.

Lotte’s long-anticipated “Memories of the Sword” disappointed. The big budget martial art drama starring Cannes-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon, top actor Lee Byung-hun, and rising star Kim Go-Eun only made $2.23 million over its opening four days.

Another local newcomer “Wonderful Nightmare” made $2.12 million over its opening four days. Screenwriter turned director Kang Hyo-jin, directed the fantasy comedy with actress Uhm Jung-hwa and actor Song Seung-heon.

“Shaun the Sheep Movie” came in like a lamb, and earned $371,700 between Thursday and Sunday. Aardman Studios’ previous, “Arthur Christmas” made $4.06 million in 2011—2012.

The Grand Prize winner of the Jeonju festival, director Ahn Gooc-jin’s first feature “Alice in Earnestland” opened in tenth spot, taking $116,600 between Thursday and Sunday.

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August 18, 2015

‘Veteran’ dominates over Liberation Day holiday

Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Ryoo Seung-wan’s action comedy “Veteran” stayed well on top, attracting 2.3 million moviegoers during the weekend, which included the three-day holiday marking the 70th anniversary of Korea’s Liberation Day. 

At over 1,000 screens nationwide, the summer tent pole from CJ Entertainment made 18 billion won ($15 million), bringing its two-week total to 52 billion won. 

The speed at which “Veteran” is gaining ticket sales is as fast as that of “Assassination,” which succeeded in garnering 10 million ticket sales, the first Korean film to do so this year.

“Assassination,” a historical action flick crafted by Choi Dong-hoon, also continued to shine at the local box office, after opening nationwide on July 22.

It was meaningful that the film hit the monumental 10 million admissions mark (roughly equal to 82 billion won) on a Liberation Day, which fell on Saturday, since the film is about a secret assassination scheme during the 1910-45 Japanese colonial era. 

It is now the 10th most-watched film in Korean cinematic history. Its next goal is surpassing Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host” (2006), which holds ninth place with 10.9 million tickets sold. 

Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible ? Rogue Nation” also stayed put over the weekend in third place, selling 469,252 tickets. It has earned 44 billion won so far in Korea. 

Meanwhile, the much buzzed-about film “Memories of the Sword,” starring Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Do-yeon, took a disappointing sixth place with only 247,119 tickets sold, making 1.9 billion won. 

Despite its ambitious attempt at the martial arts genre fueled by a slew of A-list actors such as Jeon, Lee and rising actress Kim Go-eun, Park Heung-sik’s latest film, which reportedly cost 10 billion won, had to settle for a low ranking. 

Uhm Jeong-hwa’s romance drama “Wonderful Nightmare” debuted in fifth place with 256,199 ticket sales, while the low-budget dark fantasy film “Alice in Earnestland” from the Korean Academy of Film Arts debuted in 10th with 11,945 tickets sold.

A winner in the Korean competitive section of this year’s Jeonju International Film Festival, “Alice,” directed by Ahn Gook-jin, focuses on an unjust society where the most hardworking person can easily end up in the most miserable situation. 

Singer-turned-actress Lee Jung-hyun excels at playing Su-nam, who becomes increasingly merciless after realizing that her hard work and kindness don’t help her achieve a decent life.

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]

Source: KoBiz

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"Memories of the Sword" (2014)

Directed by Park Heung-sik

With Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Go-eun-I, Junho, Lee Kyeong-yeong, Kim Tae-woo,...

Synopsis

During the age of military when riots would never end, Poong-cheon, Seol-lang and Deok-gi used to lead the riots. The moment their cause has been realized, Deok-gi's betrayal leads to the death of Poong-cheon and Seol-lang disappears with Poong-cheon's sword and her daughter Hong-i. She leaves a message saying, "You will die in the hands of me and Hong-i".

Release date in Korea : 2015/08/13

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