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Ji Chang Wook 지창욱 - Upcoming: Drama "The Sound of Magic" ("Annarasumanara") / Movie "Hard Hit"/"Restricted Call" (released 23 June 2021)


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On 6/15/2021 at 6:58 AM, backstreetboysfan said:

Do we know how big his role is in the movie?.

 

Not really, it's called special appearance but his role is main antagonist, the blackmailer through the phone, and it seems to be a pivotal role. So his voice will be heard periodically through the movie at least! And there are stills where he is by the car, too. The director though complimented his voice acting and look, so I think that it's not a "small" role, but indeed special. 

 

This movie seems to be inspired by a Spanish movie, but I didn't google it to not spoil myself :D

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13 hours ago, agenth said:

 

Not really, it's called special appearance but his role is main antagonist, the blackmailer through the phone, and it seems to be a pivotal role. So his voice will be heard periodically through the movie at least! And there are stills where he is by the car, too. The director though complimented his voice acting and look, so I think that it's not a "small" role, but indeed special. 

 

This movie seems to be inspired by a Spanish movie, but I didn't google it to not spoil myself . 

Oh okay, that is a different role for him eh :)

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On 6/19/2021 at 3:56 AM, backstreetboysfan said:

Oh okay, that is a different role for him eh :)

 

Indeed! And his face is on one of the movie posters as well :D

 

Pre-sale tickets are #1 as the movie will come out on 23rd! 

 

 

 

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It's the day of the release of RESTRICTED CALL / HARD HIT!

The movie has most sold tickets on Day 1 of the 2021 movies!! 

 

 

 

 

 

in other news, he went back to Yang Yang and is camping again, apparently! 

#lovestruckvibes

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The movie's box office success has also been reported by Variety, especially in the backdrop of COVID pandemic:

 

Korea Box Office Weekend Reaches Yearly High Led by Local Thriller ‘Hard Hit

Busan-set chase thriller “Hard Hit” this weekend became the first local film to head the South Korean box office in more than a month. It earned $2.27 million in its opening weekend.

The arrival of a significant, commercial film from Korea may be a sign of growing confidence that the return to business of the seriously dented exhibition and distribution sectors is now gaining momentum.

For much of this year audiences in Korea have stayed away from cinemas leaving admissions and box office at a small fraction of pre-pandemic levels. That in turn has caused the delay or abandonment of the releases of many local titles. For the past month the only major film releases in Korea have been Hollywood franchise movies enjoying global rollouts now that North American theatrical business has been restarted.

 

The nationwide weekend total of $7.14 million was, narrowly, the biggest box office weekend of the year. That is the second time that feat has been achieved this month.

 

Directed by Kim Chang-ju, “Hard Hit” is the tale of a bank employee and his daughter who receive a message that there is a bomb in their car that will detonate if they stop. While the premise appears close to “Speed,” “Hard Hit” is actually derived from 2015 Spanish film “Retribution.”

 

Filming in the Haeundae area of Busan was completed in the first few months of 2020, at a time when the COVID-19 situation caused a widespread lockdown, but some local productions persevered and benefited from empty streets and easy set-ups.

 

The film accounted for 32% of the nationwide box office over the weekend, ahead of “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” which moved from extensive previews to full release. “Bodyguard” earned $1.21 million and claimed a 17% market share with a cumulative score of $2.10 million.

“Cruella” dipped from second place on the previous weekend to third this time around. It earned $1.19 million for a cumulative total of $12.5 million.

 

“A Quiet Place: Part II” fell from first place to fourth, scoring $1.18 million, a 52% decline in its second week of full release. Including previews, it has garnered $5.48 million.

Disney-Pixar’s “Luca” earned $649,000 compared with $944,000 the previous weekend. Since its June 17 release, “Luca” has accumulated $1.99 million.

https://variety.com/2021/film/asia/korea-box-office-weekend-hard-hit-1235006335/

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Hard Hit also is written about on Forbes! It keeps going strong!

 

:hwaiting2:

 

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The fast-paced thriller Hard Hit topped the charts at the South Korean Box Office this week. According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the CJ ENM film held the number one spot for several days, earning $2,206,619 in ticket sales. On the film’s opening day it sold over 50,000 tickets, breaking the record set earlier in the year by the film Seo Bok, which stars Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum. Seo Bok sold 45,000 tickets on its opening day. 
 
Ticket sales for Hard Hit outpaced those for the Hollywood sequel Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, starring Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds, Disney’s Cruella, starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, and the horror sequel A Quiet Place: Part II, starring Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy.
 

Hard Hit stars Jo Woo-jin, Lee Jae-in and Ji Chang-wook. It’s the first leading role for Jo Woo-jin, who played supporting roles in the dramas Mr. Sunshine, Secret Door and Chicago Typewriter, as well as the films Seo Bok and The Book of Fish

Jo plays a successful banker. As the film opens both his children are in his car for what seems like a normal morning commute. He gets a call saying that there is a bomb under his car seat and it will go off if the car stops, if anyone gets out or if he hangs up the phone. While he initially responds with disbelief, the family’s comfortable life quickly becomes a nightmare. Ji Chang-wook plays the mysterious caller who threatens their lives. 

 

Set in Busan, the gripping film is also the directorial debut of Kim Chang-ju, the film editor who worked on The Terror Live and A Hard Day. Hard Hit received positive reviews that cited its freshness, fast involving pace and Jo’s passionate acting. The film also stars Jin Kyung, Kim Ji-ho and Jeon Seok-ho.

Before the pandemic, South Korea had the fourth largest box office territory in the world, but COVID19 shuttered some theaters and lowered attendance in those that remained open. During 2020 the opening of many local films was delayed or abandoned, with some films going directly to streaming platforms. According to KOFIC, which has kept box office records since 2004, April of 2020 was the first time that the nation’s monthly box office fell below one million tickets. Sales for Hard Hit and Seo Bok are being seen as a sign of growing confidence in the ability of theaters to weather the damage done by the pandemic.

 
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Great news; congrats to the movie's staff and actors. I just watched A Hard Day for the first time and it's nice to know the same editor worked on this movie as well. A Hard Day was a crazy ride and very well-done! Look forward to seeing Hard Hit when it's available for those outside SK.

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