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Korean film “Le Grand Chef 2” to open in U.S.

Posted by diopatra on January 28, 2010

Korean film “Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle” — which opens in Korea tomorrow — will also be released in theaters throughout the United States next month, according to the movie’s producer IROOM Pictures on Wednesday.

IROOM Pictures explained that the film will open February 12 at AMC theaters in 20 major U.S. cities including New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. AMC, one of the largest movie theater chains in the country, is expected to show the Korean culinary flick on 25 to 30 of its movie screens.

“We are currently in the final stages of negotiating on the total number of screens the movie will show on,” an official at IROOM was quoted as saying. He explained that although many Korean pics have opened in U.S. theaters, this will be the first time that a Korean film will show in the two countries at the same time.

The film’s overseas release will be managed by JS Media & Entertainment, a firm which specializes in distributing Korean films in the U.S. and has previously released documentary film “The Calling” and 2009 summer blockbuster “Haeundae”.

“Kimchi Battle”, a prequel to the hit 2007 film “Le Grand Chef”, is based on a popular comic series by Korean artist Huh Young-man. The movie stars Korean actors Jin Goo and Kim Jung-eun as two rivaling chefs, participating in a kimchi competition which purports to globalize the Korean dish.

Reporter : Ko Kyoung-seok
Editor : Lynn Kim

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Korean box office hits record in 2009

Posted by diopatra on January 28, 2010

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The Korean box office reached a new record in 2009 with ticket sales hitting an all-time high, according to data by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

The KOFIC’s annual report on the local film industry released Monday, reported that Korean moviegoers paid out approximately KRW 1.928 trillion for theater tickets last year. The sales total is about a 11.6 percent jump from the previous year and surpasses the previous record of KRW 991.8 billion won set in 2007.

Admissions clocked in at over 156.79 million, up four percent year-on-year and ranking second behind the record set in 2007. The surge in sales despite the declined number of moviegoers was attributed to increases in ticket prices, raised by most theaters by KRW 500 to 1,000 starting June last year.

Korean films turned around their presence on the domestic box office last year, increasing their market share from 42.1 percent in 2008 to 48.8 percent in 2009 while U.S. films saw their market share drop from 48.8 percent to 43.9 percent.

The KOFIC cited the strong performance of Korean films to blockbusters “Haeundae” and “Take Off” which together increased admissions by about 20 percent and ticket sales by nearly 30 percent year-on-year.

Yoon Je-kyu’s disaster pic “Haeundae” hauled in over KRW 81 billion with about 11.3 million viewers, becoming the first film in three years to breach the 10 million mark in admissions. Sports drama “Take Off” also raked in a handsome sum, grossing KRW 60 billion with nearly 8.4 million admissions.

KOFIC predicted that in 2010, the Korean film industry will take heated interest in the production of digital 3D films due to the impact of Hollywood pic “Avatar.” The council also expected a wider range of movies to come to birth with moviegoers taste broadening as proved with the success of indie film “Old Partner” last year.

The film had started by showing on only seven screens but ended up attracting close to three million viewers, the highest figure for a documentary. The story, about an old farmer couple and their lifelong friendship with a 40-year-old ox, has been shown at numerous film festivals throughout the world and is preparing for release overseas.

Reporter : Lynn Kim
Editor : Jessica Kim

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“ROOKIES” rakes in 1.2 billion on opening weekend

Posted by diopatra on June 2, 2009

As expected, the “ROOKIES” movie was a major success at the box office in its opening weekend. The film played on 428 screens across Japan, and in two days it was seen by over 980,000 people, earning more than 1.2 billion yen.

The movie’s performance is being compared to “Hana Yori Dango Final,” which was the #1 live-action film and #2 overall (behind “Gake no Ue no Ponyo”) of 2008. “ROOKIES” opened on 7% more screens (compared to 400) and made 21.7% more in ticket revenue. At this rate, “ROOKIES” could eventually earn over 9 billion yen in theaters, given that “Hana Yori Dango Final” ultimately grossed 7.75 billion. Toho hopes that “ROOKIES” may even break the 10 billion yen mark, which has only been achieved by three live-action Japanese films so far.


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[MOVIE TRAILER] Gokusen, The Movie

Posted by diopatra on May 30, 2009

cant wait for this movie. the some cast from season 1,2,3 returned.

i think i have to watch season 1,2,3 again to refresh my memory before watching the movie.

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Gokusen the Movie’s Trailer Streamed Online

Posted by diopatra on May 30, 2009

The official website for the live-action theatrical film based on Kozueko Morimoto’s Gokusen school comedy manga is streaming the film’s trailer. (In the linked page, select the “予告編” link in the bottom menu, and then select the “予告” video on the righthand side.) The website is also still streaming the teaser trailer for the film. 29-year-old Yukie Nakama is reprising her starring role of Kumiko “Yankumi” Yamaguchi, the high school teacher with yakuza ties, one last time for the film. The film will serve as a finale to the three television seasons that Toya Sato (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Sexy Voice and Robo) directed from 2002 to 2008. Veteran film director Junya Satō (live-action Golgo 13) is assisting Sato on the new project.

Shun Oguri, Yuma Ishigaki, and Hiroki Narimiya will reprise their roles from the first season, and Kazuya Kamenashi, Mocomichi Hayami, Teppei Koike, and Keisuke Koide return from the second season. The film will focus primarily on students seen in the last season, as played by Haruma Miura (Ren Kazama), Yuuya Takaki (Yamato Ogata), and Yūta Tamamori of the Johnny’s Jr. idol group Kis-My-Ft2.

Media Blasters released the television animated version of the manga in North America from 2004 to 2005.


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