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December 27, 2019

 

ASHFALL Breaks Five Million Admissions at the South Korean Box Office
 

By William Schwartz on HanCinema.net

 

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After nine days of being publically available in South Korean theaters, "Ashfall" has broken the five million viewer mark. The disaster movie is doing exceptionally well going into its second weekend, with minimal competition from the historical drama "Forbidden Dream", the only new release of note.

 

 

January similarly looks to have excellent prospects for "Ashfall", as no obvious movies are set to be released that month that are likely to achieve a comparable performance. While "Forbidden Dream", and for that matter last week's comedy film "Start-Up", have received much stronger praise than "Ashfall" from critics and casual viewers alike, "Ashfall" is selling about one and a half times as many tickets as both of those movies put together.


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Moviegoers pass by a poster of the latest big-budget disaster movie, "Ashfall," at a theater in Seoul on Dec. 29, 2019. On the previous day, the movie had attracted more than 5 million viewers in the 10 days since its release. (Yonhap)

 

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Thank you @rubie for starting this thread. I will always watch just about anything with Lee Byung Hun and Ha Jung Woo.  So I look forward to this new project.   @Warren Lauzon, of course

Yes, this movie really deserves the recognition... be it the producers, directors, actors, etc. Plenty of hard work and dedication.   And you're right! With this movie being sold to other co

December 30, 2019   Box Office: Annual ticket sales break record with over 224 million. 'Extreme Job,' Disney movies attract viewers to movie houses   The local box office recorde

I caught the sneak preview in Singapore yesterday and it truly was up to my expectations.

Baekdusan (Ashfall) is a must watch!
And I personally give it 4.5 out of 5 stars :star:

Action-packed, funny and heart tugging moments from start till end.

CG was definitely two thumbs-up!

I love all five characters and I wished there were more screen time for the female characters.

Felt that the storyline could have flowed better if they did not cut some scenes (HJW rescuing Suzy from the elevator or the Gangnam train station or more bickering shots between HJW and LBH).

Otherwise, this is very good... on par with Train to Busan.

And kudos to all the actors!

And yes, I could not help but LOL at HJW being lovey dovey with Suzy.  His ears went absolutely red! Hahahaha :lol:

And Ma Dong Seok... truly is funny! His scenes with Suzy are really hilarious!

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@cadymcbronzie, thanks so much for the cool feedback. Indeed, it's a great all-around movie from those who have seen it. All the memorable and exciting points of ASHFALL definitely contributed well to the box-office results. Well-deserved.

 

From the actors' interviews, there were definitely quite some scenes missing from the final cut which could have added more depth to the story. Hopefully we will get to watch these scenes somehow.. most likely on the Directors' Cut, right.

 

Now that we're getting into the new year just around the corner, many more moviegoers in various countries will watch the movie and hopefully the momentum in Korea will keep going strong as long as possible.

 

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The movie 'Baekdumountain'(ASHFALL)
The word 'disaster' was something that was distant for me until I saw the places that I used to know completely destroyed, at that moment disaster felt like a close reality. It also got me to think that In various instances that seem like miracles, there are heroes at play. A movie that I was able to know in depth through its movie stage artist and close friend @artuh_pf - this free drawing is towards the movie's success.

 

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4 hours ago, rubie said:

All the memorable and exciting points of ASHFALL definitely contributed well to the box-office results. Well-deserved.

 

From the actors' interviews, there were definitely quite some scenes missing from the final cut which could have added more depth to the story. Hopefully we will get to watch these scenes somehow.. most likely on the Directors' Cut, right.

 

Yes, this movie really deserves the recognition... be it the producers, directors, actors, etc. Plenty of hard work and dedication.

 

And you're right! With this movie being sold to other countries as well, I can imagine the number of new found fans for the actors. I so love this movie; a really good one to end 2019. I would not have mind if the movie was longer. The chemistry between the two male leads is sizzling (hahaha... is that an apt word to describe the men??)

 

And now, I can't help but think of #큐티쁘띠 (Cutie ppeutti) and Robert... hahaha! :lol:

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December 29, 2019

 

Review: “Ashfall” Is An Epic Disaster Film With Korean Flavor.. And Tropes Galore


Starring Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo, Bae Suzy, and Ma Dong-seok, “Ashfall” (a.k.a. “Baekdusan”) combines big-budget Hollywood tropes with inter-Korean politics.

 

BY ANTHONY KAO CINEMA ESCAPIST

 

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South Korea is no stranger to disaster movies. 2009’s Haeundae saw a tsunami destroy Busan, 2016’s Pandora imagined a Fukushima Daiichi-esque nuclear disaster in Korea, and 2019’s Exit comedically depicted a toxic gas cloud engulfing Seoul.

 

None of these disaster movies feels as epic as Ashfall (a.k.a. Baekdusan) though. In Ashfall, an ensemble cast race to save the Korean peninsula from volcanic armageddon, while also fending off meddlesome foreign interests. The film feels like a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, replete with common tropes. Yet, it retains a distinctively Korean flair with its geopolitical context.

 

Baekdu Goes Boom

 

With a purported US$17 million budget (large by Korean standards), Ashfall went all-out in recruiting A-listers. Box office king Ha Jung-woo plays Captain Jo In-chang, a South Korean Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician. Just as Jo and his wife Ji-young (played by K-pop superstar Bae Suzy) are expecting a baby, Mount Baekdu in North Korea erupts. Earthquakes ravage both Koreas, and ash begins to choke the sky. If supervolcano Baekdu keeps erupting, the entire Korean peninsula will die.

 

We then meet Robert Kang Bong-rae, a Korean-American scientist played by Ma Dong-seok—who usually portrays beefy tough guys, but doesn’t have a single fight scene in Ashfall. Hauled in to advise South Korea’s government, Kang suggests a 600 kiloton nuclear explosion beneath Baekdu will stop its eruptions. There’s a small wrinkle. South Korea doesn’t have nukes, and Baekdu is on the far side of North Korea along the Chinese border.

 

Rather conveniently though, North Korea has nukes. South Korea’s government dispatches Captain Jo and a team of special forces to make contact with a North Korean agent named Ri Joon-pyeong (played by Lee Byung-hun), who knows the nukes’ location and can help the Southerners reach Baekdu to complete the mission. However, the airdrop into North Korea goes wrong and all the special forces die. This leaves Captain Jo and a ragtag band of explosives technicians to deal with the wily Ri, who has his own agenda.

 

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Tropes, from Hollywood to Seoul

 

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Ashfall draws from the same tradition as epic Hollywood disaster flicks like Armageddon and Deep Impact. The formula of an unlikely grouping of heroes using nuclear weapons as a deus ex machina against a massive disaster has been done to death in American film and television. We see this formula play out to the letter in Ashfall, with mass evacuations, Presidential announcements, ridiculously large explosions, and ultimate personal sacrifices to boot.

 

Such disaster films don’t aspire for originality or cinematic innovation though; their only aspiration is to entertain. On this front Ashfall performs decently. If you’re willing to suspend disbelief around nukes being able to solve all of life’s problems, the film’s plot has good pacing, entertaining action sequences, and enough twists to keep your attention. Captain Jo and Agent Ri also have good chemistry; their reluctant partnership becomes fodder for sprinkles of comic relief that keep Ashfall from feeling too bleak. While at some points the CGI of Baekdu’s eruptions can feel a bit much, it’s quite a treat to see post-apocalyptic scenes of North Korean cities (a first for any movie).

 

And More Tropes… From Baekdu To Halla?

 

Even if Ashfall borrows heavily from Hollywood formulas, it adds heavy coatings of Korean flavor due to its geopolitical context. The film belongs to a storied repertoire of South Korean dramas and movies featuring North Korea, a sub-genre that has its own tropes.

 

Captain Jo and Agent Ri are the latest rendition of a South-North odd couple overcoming differences to help both Koreas, something we’ve seen in countless K-movies. In Ashfall, Jo and Ri must ward off American and Chinese designs on Korea; there’s even a scene where Jo stands between Chinese and American troops and yells for them to stop bickering. Such depictions of boorish Americans and Korea as the victim of constant foreign interference also occur in many other Korean movies and dramas, and perhaps reflect real-world anxieties.

 

Furthermore, Mount Baekdu is sacred to the two Koreas. Both North and South Korea’s national anthems mention the mountain, and it’s a constant fixture in Northern propaganda and Southern socio-political discourse. Centering a movie around Baekdu taps into its status as a powerful reminder of a millenia-old Korean history and culture that transcends North-South divisions.

 

 

All said, Ashfall might be a trope-ridden blockbuster, but it’s one with geopolitical significance. Even if the film draws from Hollywood formulae, it uses them to tell a story that trumpets Korea’s national identity—even at the expense of Uncle Sam. With its themes of North-South cooperation, Ashfall not only entertains, but also keeps the dream of Korean reunification alive amid recent difficulties. Advocates for reunification can only hope the Korean peace process doesn’t suddenly explode like Baekdu does in Ashfall.

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December 30, 2019

 

Box Office: Annual ticket sales break record with over 224 million. 'Extreme Job,' Disney movies attract viewers to movie houses

 

The local box office recorded the highest annual ticket sales in history with over 224.6 million as of Saturday. Yonhap
The local box office recorded the highest annual ticket sales in history with over 224.6 million as of Saturday. Yonhap

 

By Lee Gyu-lee The Korea Times

 

The local box office scored record-breaking ticket sales of all time this year in Korean cinema history, grossing 224.6 million sales as of Saturday, according to the Korean Film Council. This surpassed the previous record in 2017 by about 5 million.

 

Annual ticket sales have hovered around 210 million for the past six years since first surpassing 200 million in 2013, gaining a foothold as one of the largest film markets in Asia.

 

This year five films, a new record, exceeded 10 million ticket sales, which became the mark of success since military blockbuster "Silmido" (2003) became the first film locally with massive ticket sales.

 

Two film distributing powerhouses CJ ENM and Walt Disney Company were neck and neck on the films with over 10 million sales. CJ ENM scored two ― "Extreme Job" and "Parasite" ― and Walt Disney counted three ― "Avengers: Endgame," "Frozen 2," and "Aladdin."

 

Among the list, the comedy film "Extreme Job" ― released on Jan. 23 ― scored highest and became the second-most watched film of all time. The 6.5 billion won ($5.6 million) budget film grossed 139 billion won ($120 million) with 16 million tickets sold. This success came as a surprise, considering its screening coincided with several big-budget films released around the same time, including "Hit-and-Run Squad," and "Alita: Battle Angel."

 

Having an exceedingly prosperous year with record revenue in the global box office, the Walt Disney Company has seen the year out with "Frozen 2" a worldwide sensation, including Korea. As of Sunday, the Frozen sequel has attracted over 11 million ticket sales and is increasing as the film is still competing on the local box office chart. The film took the fourth spot on the weekend chart.

 

The local box office recorded the highest annual ticket sales in history with over 224.6 million as of Saturday. Yonhap
Posters for "Ashfall," from left, "Forbidden Dream," and "Start-Up" which scored top three on the weekend local box office respectively. Courtesy of CJ ENM, Lotte Entertainment, and NEW

 

Local films ― "Ashfall," "Forbidden Dream," and "Start-Up" ― won the top three spots in the local box office for the last weekend of the year.

 

The big-budget, disaster blockbuster "Ashfall" stormed to the top since it premiered Dec. 19, drawing over 5.7 million ticket sales.

 

The palm-sweating flick whetted the moviegoers' appetite before its premiere with the star-studded cast of Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo, Ma Dong-seok and Bae Suzy.

 

The story follows the bomb squad captain Jo In-chang (Ha) who goes to stop an imminent eruption of volcanic Mount Paektu, located along the North Korea-China border. As a double agent, North Korean Lee Joon-pyeong (Lee) is dragged into the action to help find North Korea's nuclear explosive that is to be used to stop the catastrophe.

 

The duo of veteran actors Han Suk-kyu and Choi Min-sik in "Forbidden Dream" won the second place on weekend box office, seeing 700,000 ticket sales since its Dec. 26 release.

 

Based on the historical figures King Sejong (1397-1450) of the Joseon Dynasty and inventor Jang Yeong-sil, the film is about King Sejong (Han) and genius inventor (Choi) forming an unusual friendship as they work together to make Joseon-era Korea technologically independent from the Chinese empire.

 

Another film starring Ma, "Start-Up," landed itself third in the weekend box office sales, attracting about 2.3 million ticket sales since it hit local theaters on Dec. 18.

 

Based on the webcomic series of the same name, the comedy film revolves around a rebellious teenager Taek-il (Park Jung-min) who runs away from home after having a dispute with his mom (Yum Jung-ah). After wandering around looking for a place to stay, he gets a job as a delivery boy at a Chinese restaurant where he meets a mysterious odd-looking chef (Ma).


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December 30, 2019

 

Ashfall (백두산) (2019) – Review


By Vance Wong F*** Magazine

 

The Low-Down: Armed with a US$17 million budget and a co-director, comedy cult film Castaway On The Moon (김씨표류기) director Lee Hae Joon attempts on the disaster genre with a Korean A-List cast. What if the largest volcano in the Korean Peninsula erupts not once, but multiple times in a span of a week? That’s the premise for Ashfall (백두산). Having topped the Korean box office in its opening weekend, it’s definitely a movie that will be on K-movie/drama fans’ radars.

 

The Story: Special Forces EOD Captain Jo In-chang (Ha Jeong-woo, Along With The Gods (신과함께) franchise, The Handmaiden (아가씨)) is about to be discharged from the Korean army and is looking forward to fatherhood as his wife Ji-yeong (Bae Suzy from K-Pop Group Miss A) is in her pregnancy’s third trimester. Unfortunately, Mt Baekdu suddenly erupts and he’s chosen by Korean-American meteorologist Prof. Robert Kang (Don Lee, Train To Busan (부산행), The Champion (챔피언)) to join a (suicide) mission to prevent a final and fatal eruption that will wipe out almost half of Korea. To increase their chances, the team has to rescue North Korean spy Ri Joon-pyeong (Lee Byeong-heon, G.I. Joe franchise, The Magnificent Seven) in a prison.


The Good: Ashfall is a testament of Korean cinema’s ability to deliver when given a decent budget to work with — fairly impressive CGI work, non-cringy dialogue, and a cast that knows what to do (well, mostly). Most of all, a decent narrative that brings out the realistic sides of disaster — the basic drives and survival instincts of humans. Character writing and development are commendable, and minute details presented earlier in the film are addressed and used to good effect. The occasional comedic touches that fit well into the situations are the cherry at the top, making the movie an overall satisfying and worthy watch.

 

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The Not-So-Good: Ashfall falls in selected performances, particularly rookie movie star Suzy. She tries her best but her greenness sticks out painfully among the veteran cast members, making Captain Jo’s wife seems flat and just a small role to move the story forward. Presidential Aide Jeon (Jeon Hye-jin, The Throne (사도)) is given little to work with, which makes this reviewer wonder if A-List actresses would ever get the chance to outshine their male colleagues in big-budget films (not so much a movie flaw, but Ashfall could have been better if Jeon is allowed more room).


Character Arcs: Unlike most disaster movies where the main protagonist is both an average Joe and infinitely selfless, Ashfall puts its main protagonist in a position where his (Captain Jo) actions are believable and justified. Coupled with Lee’s North Korean double agent Joon-pyeong, the chemistry between these two characters and how their individual situations shape their decisions complete the two characters’ arcs gratifyingly.


Drama-Centric: As with any Korean movie, the drama is what makes Ashfall a unique piece of work versus the typical Hollywood disaster movies. Granted, some viewers might find certain parts overly dramatic and excessive, but don’t judge it purely based on that. Anyway, the drama serves a bigger purpose — putting the characters in situations where their decisions are not questionable and ridiculous.

 


Recommended? Yes, because it’s an achievement by Korean cinema in the disaster film genre and Ha and Lee’s chemistry is really something to watch. The visual effects are not the best-in-class but brilliant enough to not pull you out of the story. Most of all, the decision to leave (geo)politics out (mostly) makes the movie all the more palatable to swallow.

 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

Source: CJ Entertainment

 

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December 30, 2019

 

"Ashfall" Closes Second Weekend With Over 5.7 Million Admissions
 

By William Schwartz on HanCinema.net

 

According to the Korean Film Council, "Ashfall" completed its second weekend at the domestic box office with over 5.7 million admissions. "Ashfall" has also led the box office for all eleven of the days it has been available.

 

However, the pace with which "Ashfall" has gained new admissions has slowed down considerably, as it earned less than a hundred admissions on Saturday and Sunday.

 

There was some positive reception for the newly released 4DX version of "Ashfall", which many satisfied patrons described online as improving the movie's general sense of spectacle. However, criticisms of the disaster movie's poor storyline and subpar acting persist. The historical drama "Forbidden Dream" and the comedy movie "Start-Up" were in second and third place, their combined numbers failing to equal the admissions earned by "Ashfall".

 

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December 31, 2019

 

Korean Box Office

Disaster flick ‘Ashfall’ continues its run on top of the local box office


Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily


Despite negative reviews from critics, “Ashfall” managed to hold on to its place at the top of the local box office over the final weekend of 2019.

 

The local blockbuster sold over 1.2 million tickets at 1,442 screenings over the weekend and has surpassed 5.7 million total ticket sales in just 11 days since its release. The production of the film is said to have cost over 26 billion won ($22.4 million), with much of the money spent on creating the computer-generated imagery (CGI) calamities that occur due to the eruption of Mount Paektu in the film.

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Film company Dexter Studios, who was behind the CGI in the local fantasy blockbuster series “Along With the Gods” (2017-2018) took the reins for the film as well.

 

Historical drama “Forbidden Dream” took second place, selling 541,000 tickets at 1,141 screens. The film fills in the blanks in the official historical records to create a heartfelt bromance between King Sejong the Great and the ingenious inventor Jang Yeong-sil. The movie tells a story to explain why the king had to cast away one of his most trusted subjects against his will.

 

“Start-Up” dropped to the third place spot with 462,000 people seeing the film at 936 screens.

 

“Frozen 2” fever is finally dying down, having sold just 191,000 tickets at 712 screens over the weekend. The film is the highest-grossing animated film in local box office history after selling 13.2 million tickets since hitting theaters last month. The movie is the third most successful film of the year in Korea, after “Extreme Job” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

 

Local animated film “The Haunted House: Sky Goblin, The Great Jormungandr” took the fifth-place spot with 119,000 moviegoers catching the film at 638 screens.

 

Although “Cats” director Tom Hooper made a trip to Korea to promote the movie last week, the musical failed to resonate with local moviegoers.

 

Although audiences were curious about the star-studded cast of entertainers and singers, the film seems to have failed to surpass the criticism of its animation and lack of a strong central storyline despite the director’s attempts to bring the musical experience to the big screen. “Cats” landed in sixth place, selling a total of 110,000 tickets at 731 screens.

 

BY LEE JAE-LIM [lee.jaelim@joongang.co.kr]

 

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“Ashfall” Surpasses 6 Million Moviegoers With Impressive Speed


Source: Soompi by R. Jun


Shortly after reaching 5 million moviegoers on December 28, film “Ashfall” has already reached 6 million as of December 31, its 13th day in box office!

 

“Ashfall,” starring Ha Jung Woo, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Hye Jin, Suzy, and Ma Dong Seok, is a disaster film about a group of people struggling to prevent the catastrophic eruption of a volcano on Mount Baekdu that threatens the survival of both North and South Korea.

 

The film has reached the milestone at a quicker pace than the 2014 film “Ode to My Father,” which made headlines at the time for surpassing 6 million moviegoers by its 16th day in box office.

 

In celebration, CJENM posted a video on Instagram & Twitter with movie clips of Ha Jung Woo and Lee Byung Hun. Ha Jung Woo says, “Already?” and Lee Byung Hun says, “You’re surprised, aren’t you? Me too.” :lol:

 

 

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Ashfall”!


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December 30, 2019


Ashfall film review: Ha Jung-woo, Lee Byung-hun brave volcanic eruption in Korean disaster thriller


This star-studded story of a mission to North Korea to steal nuclear weapons tries too hard to please everyone
The relentless explosions, shoot-outs and destruction take away from a promising storyline


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2.5/5 stars


When a long dormant volcano threatens to destroy half of the Han Peninsula, the biggest stars in Korean cinema are assembled to save the day. Combining the collective blockbuster attractions of disaster movie, action thriller, family melodrama, and buddy comedy, Ashfall erupts in a pungent cloud of lofty ambition and epic scale.


But when the ash settles, what remains on screen is the molten wreckage of a high concept crowd-pleaser that, in its efforts to be everything for everyone, ends up delivering precious little to anyone at all.


Lee Hae-jun, writer-director of Castaway on the Moon, shares scriptwriting and directorial duties with prolific cinematographer Kim Byung-seo ( Along with the Gods ). They have assembled an audacious cast, headed by Ha Jung-woo.

 

As Captain Cho In-chang, Ha plays a war veteran and bomb disposal expert, who abandons his heavily pregnant wife (Bae Suzy) to lead a covert operation into North Korea. His mission is to steal a cache of nuclear warheads, which are to be used in preventing a cataclysmic volcanic eruption.


Conceived by Ma Dong-seok’s Professor Kang and Jeon Hye-jin’s Security Secretary, the mission also requires Cho to find and collaborate with untrustworthy Northern defector, Major Ri Jun-pyong (Lee Byung-hun).

This staggeringly high-concept premise pummels its holiday audience with a relentless barrage of urban destruction, high-calibre shoot-outs, and deafening explosions, interrupted by nefarious foreign powers, fractious North-South relations, and an abundance of comedic asides involving tasers and handcuffs.

 

At its core is the uneasy alliance forged by Ha’s mission commander and Ri’s duplicitous double agent. Cho is goofier than many of Ha’s recent leading men, more comfortable with a pair of wire cutters in his hand than an assault rifle.

Ri, meanwhile, threatens to sell out the mission at any moment for his own personal gain, but as the story unfolds it comes as no surprise to learn that they have more in common than at first appears.

Unfortunately, this leaves most of the rest of the cast largely sidelined, not least Ma Dong-seok, who is criminally underused as a Princeton academic desperate to escape back to the US rather than help implement his ridiculous plan.


Amid all the hot air and fiery spectacle, Ashfall reluctantly acknowledges that the country’s greatest threat comes from within, and can only be thwarted if the North and South are able to work together. But any notion of political commentary is quickly engulfed by the film’s relentless, and ultimately soulless, thirst for mass destruction.

 

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December 30, 2019

 

ASHFALL Shuts Out FORBIDDEN DREAM in Strong 2nd Frame
Local Hits Dominate Final Weekend of the Year 

 

by Pierce Conran KOFIC


The end-of-year season continued to draw healthy crowds with 2.87 million spectators snatching up tickets over the final weekend of the year. Korean films have been particularly strong during the period, counting an 81% share of the market.

 

The Korean disaster action blockbuster ASHFALL continues to draw in massive crowds after a healthy 40% decline with another 1.2 million viewers (USD 9.11 million) counted over the weekend, with a hefty 5.74 million admissions (USD 41.89 million) tallied to date. The joint CJ Entertainment and Dexter Studios-distributed smash hit is still handily topping the reservations chart with New Year’s Day still to come as it looks likely to reach more box office milestones.

 

Opening in second place was HUR Jin-ho’s period drama Forbidden Dream with HAN Suk-kyu and CHOI Min-shik. The Lotte Cultureworks picture has garnered strong reviews and audience scores and kicked off its run with 541,000 entries (USD 4.11 million) over the weekend and 702,000 sales (USD 4.94 million) over four days. All signs point to a steady run for the prestige pic over the coming weeks.

 

Also faring well in third place was the local comedy-drama START-UP, which slowed just 36% in its second weekend as it gathered 462,000 spectators (USD 3.55 million), raising its total to a solid 2.29 million admissions (USD 16.69 million) in 12 days.

 

Still a force on the charts was Disney’s Frozen 2, which receded 45% with another 191,000 tickets (USD 1.44 million) sold. This pushed its total to 13.27 million entries (USD 95.57 million), making it the third best-selling foreign film of all time and the eighth best seller overall.

 

The local animation The Haunted House: The Sky Ghost VS Jormungand was down 59% in its second weekend, as it filled 119,000 seats (USD 820,000), bringing its total to 621,000 admissions (USD 4.25 million).

 

Hollywood Word War II film Midway will debut on Tuesday, but beyond that, local hits should continue to drum up strong sales as we enter the New Year.

 

Source: CJ Entertainment

 

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January 1, 2020

 

‘Ashfall’ nears its break-even point

 

By Lee Jae-lim INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily


It looks like big-budget blockbuster “Ashfall” will reach its break-even point soon, boosted by an influx of moviegoers at the end-of-the-year box office.

 

The film, which cost 26 billion won ($22.4 million) to make, surpassed six million ticket sales on Tuesday morning, its 13th day in theaters, according to data from the Korean Film Council.

 

The film’s ticket sales rate is said to be faster than “Ode to My Father,” according to film distribution company CJ Entertainment. That film is currently the fourth-best-selling film in Korean box-office history, having sold 14.2 million tickets. It surpassed the six-million mark on its 16th day in theaters.

 

The break-even point for “Ashfall” is 7.3 million admissions, and it still remains to be seen if the movie can join the club of movies that have exceeded the 10-million-ticket-sales milestone this year.

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January 1, 2020

 

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Today being a public holiday,  seven LBH fans decide to watch “Ashfall” together.  Having read so much reported on this movie, we all had great anticipation.

 

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Lee Byung Hun did not disappoint.  In fact, he was amazing and pretty much carried the entire movie.  His eyes and facial expressions conveyed so much without his actual deliveries of his lines.  The way he handled weapons was top notch like a professional solder when he fact he was only a spy that sold important information to the highest bidder.  Certain actors required the help of fancy costumes,   Lee just acted based on his acting skills without props.

 

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I loved the scenes between Lee Jun Pyeong and his wife (Jeon Do Yeon as Seon Hwa ) as well as with his daughter, Soon Ok.  For someone who acted so nonchalantly in the mission to try to stop the last eruption of Baekdusan, he expressed his multi-faceted acting of being a cold and warm person concurrently.  The scenes between Lee Byung Hun and Ha Jung Woo were dynamic and humourous. These added laughter to a very serious theme and a thrilling movie.   

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Ashfall’s computer graphics were excellent.  The scenes of buildings and bridges collapsing were truly realistic!   

 

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As a blockbuster movie, Ashfall delivered:  great acting, suspense and humourous and at times, heart breaking.  However, the plot could be more realistic. 

 

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Having translated an article about an interview when LBH was asked whether he was playing a hero, he answered was not complete. 

 

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Q. “As the movie is based on the theme of the volcanic eruption of

Baekdusan, will you be playing a hero? 

 

A.  It is not the kind of hero that we perceive.  As the heroes are looking at the catastrophe on the Korean Peninsula and taking great risks to solve the problem, they can be called heroes.” 

 

As far as I was concerned, He was indeed the ultimate hero of the movie, as demonstrated by his final decision to stop the eruption.

 

 

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Source: CJ Entertainment

 

BAEKDUSAN 200% empathy So.. what is the gender of Jo In Chang's baby? 

 

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#ashfall #백두산  it is one of the best movies  the feelings the sacrifices the story the filming 10/10 everything in the movie is brilliant

 

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Source: Encore Films Brunei

 

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@peonie, thank you Barbara for the wonderful sharing. So happy to know that friends and fans in Hong Kong celebrated the New Year with ASHFALL, a great treat indeed. A lot of countries will be showing the movie now that it's 2020 and many more audience will enjoy the thrilling & exciting Korean blockbuster befitting the start of a new decade. hny2.gif

As the movie garners 6.7 million admission in Korea, the break even point is very likely within reach... hopefully by this weekend. The cast and crew have worked so hard in filming the movie last year and considering that a lot of K movies didn't do well in the recent years, this is an optimistic start to 2020.

 

As many moviegoers will get to watch ASHFALL soon, hopefully more fans will share their thoughts here, we'd love to read them.

 

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Source: CJ Entertainment

 

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