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July 18, 2019


(News Focus) S. Korean box office thrives despite slowing economy

By Kim Boram


SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- With the year 2019 having just passed the halfway point, the South Korean film industry is eying the possibility of four movies posting more than 10 million admissions, considered a huge box-office success in a country with a population of about 52 million.


Comedy film "Extreme Job" opened in January and posted the year's highest mark with a total of 16.2 million tickets sold, followed by Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" with 13.9 million and Walt Disney's live-action film "Aladdin" with 10.3 million.


Cannes-winning "Parasite" is expected to be the next to join the 10-million club, having logged 9.9 million admissions as of Wednesday. It will then be the 26th film of all time to record more than 10 million tickets sales in South Korea.


This image, taken on June 7, 2019, shows electronic posters of the Cannes-winning "Parasite" at a Seoul theater. (Yonhap)

This image, taken on June 7, 2019, shows electronic posters of the Cannes-winning "Parasite" at a Seoul theater. (Yonhap)


It would be the first time in the Korean box office that four films hit the milestone in the first seven months of a year, and would tie the annual record set in 2014.


In 2014, four movies -- Disney's animated film "Frozen," science fiction "Interstellar," Korean historical movie "Roaring Currents" and Korean drama "Ode to My Father" -- sold more than 10 million tickets throughout the year.


Driven by the huge popularity of the four 10-million films -- "Extreme Job", "Endgame," "Aladdin" and "Parasite," Korean cinemas saw a record number of viewers in the first half.


Total admissions in the January-June period jumped 13.5 percent on-year to an all-time high of 109.32 million, according to a report released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on Thursday. Sales expanded 16 percent on-year to a record 930.7 billion won (US$795.4 million) over the same period.


The KOFIC report said "Extreme Job," about a group of goofy anti-drug cops who stake out an organized drug trafficking ring, successfully met the demand of comedy movie fans who were tired of films on heavy social and historical issues, like "Default," about the 1997-98 financial crisis, from the end of 2018.


"Endgame," which hit local screens in April, was widely expected to dominate the local box office, given the huge success of previous "Avengers" series flicks -- "Infinity War" and "Age of Ultron" -- in the country. But its pace was faster than expected, as it took only 11 days to exceed the 10 million mark. It eventually became the most-watched foreign-film of all time in South Korea.


Moreover, experts say star director Bong Joon-ho's family satire "Parasite" and its Cannes Palme d'Or victory, appealed to middle-aged people who rarely go to the movies.


"For the past few years, there has been a boom in crime movies in Korea, which middle-aged people don't really like," Kwak Seo-yeon, a researcher in charge of the KOFIC report, said on Thursday. "This year, 'Parasite' caught the hearts of those in their 50s and older on the back of Cannes' highest prize."




She said its popularity contributed to filling the shoulder season of late spring, along with "Aladdin."


Disney's live-action film, which opened a week before "Parasite" and had remained an underdog for weeks, made a long rally at the box office and became the third movie to hit the 10-million milestone in 2019.


The May-June period is usually considered off-season for the Korean movie industry, making the two films' achievement more remarkable.


Film experts pointed out that a recent change in movie consumption patterns, driven by a protracted economic slowdown, is also partly responsible for the booming film market.


"An increasing number of people tend to spend their free time watching movies, which offer two or three hours of fun at a relatively cheaper price of less than 20,000 won," an expert said on condition of anonymity. "The ticket price has risen sharply in the past few years, but many people still feel it's relatively cheaper than other cultural activities, like musicals or classical concerts. For them, going to the movies has now become part of their weekend routine."


The fresh trend of watching a certain film more than once is another factor behind the bullish box office results.


"Both 'Parasite' and 'Aladdin' benefited from the multiple-watching trend," said Hwang Jae-hyeon from CJ CGV, the largest multiplex theater chain in Korea. "People share their feeling and impression of movies they saw on social media and this goes viral on the internet and attracts people to the theaters again."


Cutting-edge 4DX theaters have encouraged movie fans to enjoy movies again and created a new niche market, he added.


Insiders said more films will join the so-called 10-million club this year when the highly-anticipated Hollywood blockbusters Disney's "Lion King" and "Frozen II" open in the second half.


"Big-name movies will likely dominate the box office in the second half," Kwak, the KOFIC researcher, said. "The lineup is very good, but we have to wait and see until the end of the year."





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Winners Of 2019 Chunsa Film Art Awards

Source: Soompi by J. K


Winners Of 2019 Chunsa Film Art Awards


The 2019 Chunsa Film Art Awards recognized many of the industry’s brightest stars and leading figures!


The ceremony was held on July 18 at COEX Auditorium in Seoul, and the film “Parasite” took home four trophies, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.


Jo Yeo Jeong’s win for her performance in “Parasite” is the first time that she has won a Best Actress award since her debut in 1997. She said, “I wonder if I deserve this. It’s an honor to receive such a great award.” She added, “The more I act, the more I realize that acting is a job that requires the help of many people,” and she promised to work hard.


Joo Ji Hoon won the Best Actor award for his work in “Dark Figure of Crime.” He said, “As I receive this great award through ‘Dark Figure of Crime,’ I think of the first day that I met our director. I hope that I’ll be able to keep enjoying this together with all of you.”


Check out the full list of winners below!


Best Director: Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”)

Best Actress: Jo Yeo Jeong (“Parasite”)

Best Actor: Joo Ji Hoon (“Dark Figure of Crime”)

Best Supporting Actress: Lee Jung Eun (“Parasite”)

Best Supporting Actor: Steven Yeun (“Burning”)

Best New Actress: Jeon Yeo Bin (“After My Death”), Jin Ki Joo (“Little Forest”)

Best New Actor: Gong Myung (“Extreme Job”)

Special Popularity Award: Lee Sung Kyung (“Miss & Mrs. Cops”), Uhm Tae Goo (“The Great Battle”)

Best New Director: Kim Tae Kyun (“Dark Figure of Crime”)

Best Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)

Technical Award: Pi Dae Sung (“Rampant” special effect makeup)

People’s Choice Most Popular Film Award: “Extreme Job”


Congratulations to all the winners!


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July 18, 2019


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Lee Jung-eun Wins Best Supporting Actress at Chunsa Film Festival

By William Schwartz HanCinema.net




On July 18th Lee Jung-eun won the best supporting actress award for her role in "Parasite" at the 24th annual Chunsa Film Festival. In her acceptance speech, Lee Jung-eun spoke warmly of her mother's references to success from the festival, saying that it put her in a good mood for the night.

Lee Jung-eun went on to thank the South Korean film directors who voted on the awards for their kindness. Lee Jung-eun also talked about how she had often thought that she had never made it as an actress, but nevertheless strived to make sure she never let any chances slip by. Lee Jung-eun also discussed thinking about her life as she turns fifty, and that this award has made her most determined than ever to be a great actress.


"Parasite" also won awards for best director (Bong Joon-ho), best lead actress (Jo Yeo-jung) as well as screenplay (Bong Joon-ho shared with Han Jin-won). Ju Ji-hoon won the best actor award for his work in "Dark Figure of Crime".


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[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Invited to San Sebastian Film Festival

By William Schwartz on 2019/07/19 at 22:10 PST


"Parasite" has been invited to the Perlak section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. It will compete with seven other international films for the San Sebastian Audience Award among others in the Spanish film festival, which will run from September 20th to September 28th.

The San Sebastian Film Festival has long been a supporter of director Bong Joon-ho's career. He was awarded best director and best new director for "Memories of Murder" back in the festival's 2003 edition. The news follows "Parasite" winning four awards at the Choonsa Film Festival, which is not actually a film festival, but rather an awards ceremony voted on by South Korean directors.

Next stop for Bong Joon-ho and his lead actor Song Kang-ho is Switzerland, where "Parasite" will screen as part of the Locarno International Film Festival in August. "Parasite" is also expected to appear at the Lumiere Film Festival in France come October.


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July 22, 2019


'Parasite' Passes 10-Million Viewer Milestone in Nearly 2 Months


Source: The Chosun Ilbo // MyDaily (image)



Director Bong Joon-ho's latest film "Parasite" has topped the 10-million viewer mark, perhaps later than expected given the huge hype created for the film, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May.


According to the Korean Film Council on Monday, the film drew 33,080 moviegoers over the weekend to reach the milestone nearly two months after its release on May 30.


It is the 19th domestic film to draw more than 10 million viewers and 26th among all films screened in Korea.


"Parasite" is Bong's second work to achieve the feat following "The Host," which attracted over 13 million viewers in 2006.


Actor Song Kang-ho, who starred in both films, now has four works to reach the milestone. The others are "The Attorney" in 2013 with 11.4 million tickets sold and "A Taxi Driver" in 2018 with 12.2 million viewers.


Other films that have reached the milestone so far this year are Lee Byoung-heon's comedy "Extreme Job," Marvel's superhero blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame," and Disney's live-action musical "Aladdin."

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July 22, 2019


Cannes-winning black comedy film 'Parasite' garners 10 million viewers in S. Korea

Park Sae-jin Reporter(swatchsjp@ajunews.com) | AJU Business Daily



[Courtesy of CJ Entertainment]


SEOUL -- Parasite," a prize-winning black comedy film at this year's Cannes Film Festival, has broken the 10 million mark in South Korea's box-office in 53 days of screening, demonstrating the popularity and brand power of director Bong Joon-ho.


The film was awarded the "Palme d'Or", also known as the Golden Palm award, at Cannes in May. Since it opened in South Korea on May 30, Parasite has been viewed by more than 10 million people.


Data released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) showed that Parasite garnered 10,000,249 moviegoers as of July 21, becoming the fourth film to break the 10 million mark this year in a country with a population of about 51.7 million after "Extreme Job", "Avengers: Endgame" and "Aladdin".


Parasite received positive feedbacks from critics for picturizing the contrast between the livelihood of the disrespected lower-class and that of the snobby high-class. Viewers felt sympathetic as the film depicts a tragic story about a lower-class family meticulously planning its secretive entry into a high-class family like a parasite.


Moviegoers have watched the film, again and again, to find hidden messages in the film in the so-called "Parasite Phenomenon". "Director Bong has smartly placed messages all over the film and they are easy to miss if you are watching the film for the first time," Kim Kyo-seok, a pop-culture critic, said, adding active online discussions have caused curiosity.


It was Bong's second film to break the 10 million mark. The director's 2006 monster film, "The Host", attracted more than 13 million viewers. Armed with eye-popping special effects, the 2006 film created sympathy and bondage between Bong and viewers by depicting how ordinary South Korean families stride through the daily life which strikes them with a force similar to that of natural disasters.


Actor Song Kang-ho, 52, also starred in both of Bong's films. The veteran actor, who is often reflected as Bong's persona, played the father of a lower-class family in Parasite, coloring tragic and horrible scenes with a touch of comedy.

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8 hours ago, sadiesmith said:

widala, saw on twitter that you went back to see Parasite for the second time. Is the movie still playing in your country? How long has it been? This can't be typical, can it?


Yes, the movie is still playing in my country, almost a month now. It's a bit unusual because even Swing Kids with a kpop idol (D.O) as the star was only screened for a couple of weeks...

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July 25, 2019


‘Parasite raised the profile of Korean culture’ praises CJ Group chairman


Source: The DONG-A ILBO




“The movie Parasite has raised the profile of Korean films as well as our cultural values,” commented CJ Group Chairman Lee Jae-hyun. 


At a business reporting session of CJ ENM on Tuesday, Lee praised the efforts of CJ ENM, the investor and distributor of the movie that won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, according to CJ Group on Wednesday. 


The CJ chairman explained that CJ ENM continued to make steady investments following the philosophy of the late Samsung Group Chairman and founder Lee Byung-chull. “Without culture, there will be no nation,” the late chairman said. “My dream is to focus on creating unique cultural contents in films, music and drama so that the entire world can enjoy Korean culture.” 


“Parasite,” directed by director Bong Joon-ho, received the top award at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in May, has attracted more than 10 million viewers in Korea. 


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July 25, 2019


BONG Joon-ho Wins Best Director at Chunsa Film Art Awards
JO Yeo-jeong and JU Ji-hoon Pick Up Top Acting Prizes


by Pierce Conran KOFIC




BONG Joon-ho’s latest film PARASITE, fresh from its Palme d’Or win at the Cannes Film Festival, was the top prize-winner at this year’s 24th Chunsa Film Art Awards, which took place in Seoul on July 18. The film, which crossed the ten million viewers threshold in Korea later last week, earned four prizes, including the Best Director Award for BONG.


PARASITE stars JO Yeo-jeong and LEE Jung-eun were presented with the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress accolades, while BONG also picked up the Best Screenplay Award for PARASITE, which he shared with co-writer HAN Jin-won.


Meanwhile, the Best Actor prize went to JU Ji-hoon for the thriller Dark Figure of Crime (2018) while Steven YEUN was awarded the Best Supporting Actor prize for his role in LEE Chang-dong’s BURNING (2018), which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival last year.


The Best New Actress Award was shared by JEON Yeo-been of After My Death (2017) and JIN Ki-joo of Little Forest (2018) while GONG Myung of Extreme Job took home the Best New Actor Award. Best New Director went to KIM Tae-gyun of Dark Figure of Crime (2018).


LEE Sung-kyoung of Miss & Mrs. Cops and UM Tae-goo of The Great Battle (2018) each received a Special Popularity Award. The Technical Award went to PEE Dae-sung for the special effect makeup of last year’s period action horror-thriller Rampant (2018). Finally, the year’s biggest hit Extreme Job, which is now the second most successful Korean film of all time, was also the recipient of the People’s Choice Most Popular Film Award.

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July 30, 2019


‘Parasite’ screening stopped in China

Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Palme-d’Or-winning film “Parasite” was scheduled to screen at the closing ceremony of the FIRST International Film Festival held in Xining, China, on Sunday, but the screening was canceled the day before due to “technical issues,” according to Chinese newspaper Global Times on Monday. 


Although festival organizers said it was a sudden cancellation, it is likely that the film was censored by the government due to its obvious depiction of economic disparities between rich and poor. 


Global Times also stated that “technical issues” was the excuse most frequently used by the Chinese government when they regulate films and dramas. According to the report, a screening of the Chinese war film “800” was canceled at the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival last month, also due to “technical problems.” 


By Lee Jae-lim

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  • sadiesmith changed the title to [Movie 2019] Parasite, 기생충 - First Korean film to win Palme D'or, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, and Oscars

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