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May 17, 2016

Moviegoers fired up for 'Operation Chromite' release

By Bahk Eun-ji The Korea Times

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"Operation Chromite" / Courtesy of CJ E&M

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

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

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

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

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

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June 26, 2016

Lee Jung Jae Explains How He Got To Act With Liam Neeson On “Operation Chromite”

Source: Soompi by an0ya 

Lee Jung Jae Explains How He Got To Act With Liam Neeson On “Operation Chromite”

Actor Lee Jung Jae reveals how he got to act with Liam Neeson in the war blockbuster “Operation Chromite.”

On the June 26 episode of MBC’s “Section TV,” the main cast of “Operation Chromite” sits down for an interview ahead of the film’s premiere next month. The highly anticipated war film stars Lee Jung Jae, Lee Beom Soo, Jin Se Yeon, and Jung Joon Ho.

During the interview, Lee Jung Jae talks about his strong desire to act with the Hollywood star. “I had no scenes with Liam Neeson in the original script. But I was unsatisfied, and finally got to act with him after getting additional scenes.”

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“A couple of scenes were somehow added [to the film] and we got to film together for around 24 hours,” he explained with a smile on his face. In the movie, Lee Jung Jae plays Captain Jang Hak Soo and Liam Neeson depicts General Douglas MacArthur.

Meanwhile, “Operation Chromite” is based on actual events of the Korean War, more specifically the Battle of Inchon.

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August 1, 2016

Korean War Flick Takes Box Office by Storm

Source: The Chosun Ilbo

The clunky Korea-War movie "Operation Chromite" drew more than 2 million moviegoers in the first five days to soar to the top of the box office.

The film, which features Liam Neeson as Gen. Douglas MacArthur, ran ahead of "Train to Busan" and the latest installment of the Jason Bourne franchise. 

Movie critics widely panned the film for its turgid plot and ham acting, but some 464,400 people flocked to the cinemas on the day of its opening. Ticket sales have remained strong while the gap with second-ranked "Train to Busan" has gradually widened.

The movie focuses on an intelligence operation code-named "X-Ray" that led to the historic Incheon Landing, which turned the tides against the invading North Korean forces which had cornered U.S. and South Korean troops at the early stage of the Korean War.

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Posters for "Operation Chromite" at a multiplex in Samseong-dong, Seoul on Sunday

The movie focuses on a largely unsung naval intelligence unit and other soldiers and ends with a solemn dedication to the soldiers who died.

Moviegoers were pleased to learn about an unknown aspect of the famous amphibious landing. One viewer said the main draw was not Neeson, who has barely more than a walk-on part, but the unknown heroes of the operation.

Contrary to projections that the movie would appeal mainly to older audiences, viewers in their 20s account for more than 30 percent of the total. 

Jang Byoung-soo (24), who saw the movie with his parents, said, "The only thing I knew about the Incheon Landing was that Gen. MacArthur turned the tides of the war, but I had no idea of the intelligence operation that went on behind the scenes." 

Movies focusing on Korea's modern history generally do well even if they are often heavy-handed and awkwardly scripted. 

"Northern Limit Line," about a naval clash between North and South Korea on the West Sea in 2002, drew 6 million viewers, while "Spirits' Homecoming," about Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War II, attracted 3.85 million.

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August 1, 2016

'Operation Chromite' dethrones 'Train to Busan' at box office

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- A Korean film about the Incheon landing operation during the 1950-53 Korean War landed at No. 1 spot on the South Korean weekend box-office chart, dethroning "Train to Busan," data showed Monday.

"Operation Chromite" drew about 1.8 million viewers to 1,047 screens across the country over the July 29-31 weekend, bringing to 2.62 million its domestic box-office total, according to the computerized box-office figures from the Korean Film Council.

A still from the Korean film "Operation Chormite" (Yonhap)

A still from the Korean film "Operation Chormite" (Yonhap)

Starring Lee Jung-jae, Lee Bum-soo and Hollywood star Liam Neeson, the historical action flick tells the story of real-life South Korean soldiers who carried out a covert operation to prepare for the historic amphibious operation led by U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the U.N. commander-in-chief. The landing turned the tide of the war in favor of the United Nations forces.

It took down "Train to Busan," the first homegrown zombie blockbuster, from the top post. The first live-action feature film by the acclaimed animator Yeon Sang-ho, "Train to Busan" depicts a group of people trying to survive a mysterious virus by boarding an express train bound for Busan, a southern port city that has fended off the nationwide viral outbreak. It stars Gong Yoo, Kim Soo-an, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-seok.

A still from the Korean film "Train to Busan"  (Yonhap)

A still from the Korean film "Train to Busan" (Yonhap)

The film added 1.5 million over the weekend to its accumulated box-office tally of over 8.4 million. It is expected to surpass 10 million, an important indicator for huge commercial success for films in South Korea, this weekend.

Coming in at third place was the American spy movie "Jason Bourne," starring Matt Damon. Released on Wednesday, the action film has sold more than 1 million tickets in local cinemas.

It was distantly followed by "Finding Dori," which has the longest stay in the top 10 of the current movies, holding a spot there since opening July 6.

A still from the Hollywood movie "Jason Bourne" (Yonhap)

A still from the Hollywood movie "Jason Bourne" (Yonhap)

"Now You See Me 2" took the fifth place with 104,264 in attendance. The American magic caper flick is a sequel of the popular 2013 film focusing on a group of magicians called the Horsemen, who use magic and technology to steal from the rich to give back to the poor. In the sequel, the Horsemen meet a reclusive tech giant Walter Mabry, who wants to use them to steal a computer chip that is claimed to be the "key to every computer system on the planet." The film has attracted an audience of more than 3 million since its release on July 13.

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