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Netflix Adds Six Korean Content Titles To Singapore Offerings

Fans of K-drama in Singapore will soon have a new lineup from Netflix’s ensemble of Hallyu’s best content this summer and fall seasons.

“There’s just so much love for Korean content in this region, especially in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Netflix started adding Korean titles three years ago, and we’ve seen how that has attracted new audiences who are discovering the Netflix viewing experience for their k-drama viewing,” said Minyoung Kim, director of content, Korea, Netflix. “Fan favorites like Korean Odyssey, Something in the Rain, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim are all part of our growing library and today, we are pleased to be working with Korean talent and creators on the second season of original titles like Kingdom and My First First Love.”

Since 2018, Netflix’s library of Korean content includes popular romantic comedies like Romance Is My Bonus Book to thrillers like Memories of the Alhambra.
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'Extreme Job' becomes highest-grossing film of all time in Korea

'Extreme Job' becomes highest-grossing film of all time in Korea
Lee Byoung-heon’s action comedy still trails 2014 release Roaring Currents in terms of admissions.

Lee Byoung-heon’s Extreme Job has become the highest-grossing film of all time in South Korea, despite still having fewer admissions than Roaring Currents (2014), the all-time top admissions record-holder.

According to the Korean Film Council (Kofic), action comedy Extreme Job had clocked up more than $120.7m (KW135.9bn) by March 1, a public holiday in South Korea, Independence Movement Day.

Historical naval battle drama Roaring Currents’ gross stands at $120.5m (KW135.7bn), at today’s exchange rate, with more than 17.6 million admissions.

Extreme Job’s gross has
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'Extreme Job' now second biggest all-time hit in South Korea

Has passed 14.5 million admissions.

In South Korea, Cj Entertainment’s action comedy Extreme Job has become the second biggest hit in history after reaching a total of more than 14.5 million admissions today (February 18), according to the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Released January 23, the film has now made more than $111.3m at the local box office from 2,003 screens.

Directed by Lee Byoung-heon (Twenty), Extreme Job follows a team of narcotics detectives that goes undercover working at a fried chicken joint to bring down an organized crime gang. Their plans go awry when their chicken recipe is so good the place becomes the hottest eatery in town.
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Dynamics Change as South Korean Box Office Ends Flat in 2018

  • Variety
Box office revenue and ticket sales in South Korean cinemas took diverging paths in 2018, while the distribution landscape was shaken up, with a new No. 1 player for the first time in more than a decade.

Revenues increased by 3% from $1.56 billion (Krw 1.76 billion) in 2017 to $1.61 billion (Krw 1.81 billion) in 2018, according to data from the Korean Film Council’s Kobis service. But admissions dropped from 220 million to 216 million, which still gives South Korea (population 51 million) one of the highest per-capita attendance rates in the world.

Hollywood prospered in the East Asian nation last year, with seven films earning a place in the top 10, up from just three in 2017. The market share for locally produced films edged down fractionally from 52% in 2017 to 51% in 2018.

Several large-budget Korean films were produced and released, especially for the Chuseok holidays, but many of them are believed to have lost money. Mid-budget films, such as “On Your Wedding Day,
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Hong Kong Box Office Rises by 6% in 2018

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Hong Kong Box Office Rises by 6% in 2018
Theatrical box office in Hong Kong grew by nearly 6% in 2018. Gross takings hit Hk$1.96 billion, compared with Hk$1.85 billion in 2017, according to data from Hong Kong Box Office Ltd.

As the Hong Kong dollar is closely pegged to its American counterpart, most of that gain can be translated into U.S. dollar gains. Using year-end exchange rates, Hong Kong’s theatrical business was worth $250 million in 2018, compared with $237 million in 2017.

Foreign-made films continued to enjoy the largest share of the Hong Kong theatrical business. In 2018, the top eight places were occupied by Hollywood franchise movies, though, unusually, two Korean titles – “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds” and its sequel, “The Last 49 Days” – took ninth and 10 places, with $6.96 million (Hk$54.4 million) and $6.17 million (Hk$48.2 million), respectively.

Avengers: Infinity War” was far and away the year’s highest-scoring film in Hong Kong, with $19.6 million (Hk$153 million), ahead of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,
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“Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days” Debuts on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD December 11

Following the blockbuster success of “Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds”, writer/directed Kim Yong-hwa (“Take Off”) returns to bring back the characters based on a wildly popular webcomic in “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days”. With an all-star cast, including Ha Jung-woo (“The Handmaiden”), Ju Ji-hoon (“Asura: The City of Madness”), Kim Hyang-gi (“Thread of Lies”) and Lee Jung-jae (“Assassination”) “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days” debuts on Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD December 11. The bonus materials include behind-the-scenes footage and character intros.

Synopsis:

The fantasy epic that smashed box office records in Korea reaches its thrilling climax in “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days”. As the deceased soul Su-hong and his three afterlife guardians face the remaining trials to obtain their reincarnation, the guardians come face to face with the buried truth of their tragic time on earth a thousand years ago,
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Film Review: Champion (2018) by Kim Yong-wan

After the success of the blockbuster “Train to Busan,” breakout star Ma Dong-seok has gained massive exposure in his homeland with roles in films like “The Outlaws,” “Derailed” and “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds.” Now turning his attention to a more family-friendly atmosphere, the affable actor tries the crowd-pleasing family comedy with the new movie “Champion.”

Raised in the United States, Mark is invited to return to a special arm-wrestling competition in his native South Korea. Hoping to use the opportunity in order to return to his past glories on the arm-wrestling circuit, he reunites with his friend Ki-jin who offers to help get him ready for the competition. While in the midst of his routine, he suddenly meets Jin-soo, who turns out to be his long-lost half-sister before he became adopted. As he finds balancing his training for the tournament impeding the time he spends with his new-found family,
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‘Good Job,’ ‘Wife’ Top Asian Film Market’s E-ip Pitching, Book to Film Winners List

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‘Good Job,’ ‘Wife’ Top Asian Film Market’s E-ip Pitching, Book to Film Winners List
Busan’s Asian Film Market announced the winners Oct. 8 of E-ip Pitching and Book to Film programs in which intellectual properties, including web comics, novels and story ideas, are pitched for film and TV adaptation.

The New Creator awards, sponsored by leading local studio Next Entertainment World, went to Han Ji-su’s mystery romance novel “The Sixth Wife” and Haewon’s crime thriller “Good Job.” “Good Job” is a story about two hopeless job-seekers that become entangled in a whirlwind of greed, conspiracy and betrayal when they are hired by a cleaning company. Each winner received a cash prize of $8,800 (Krw 10 million).

Seo Eun-chae’s fantasy romance novel “A Week Before I Die,” Lee Yun-kyun’s web comic “Delivery Knight,” Yoon Seon-young’s high school-set story “Land of Silence” and “The Devil,” a web comic written by Meen and drawn by Keun bit each won prizes named for new sponsor Tory Comics,
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“Champion” by Kim Yong-wan & Starring Ma Dong-seok will be released on Digital October 9

“A superb job at tugging heartstrings.” – Ang Tian Tian, The New Paper

“… Ma Dong-seok’s charm definitely makes it worth a view …” – K-movie Love

“Champion” directed by Kim Yong-wan & Starring Don Lee (Ma Dong-seok) will be released on Digital October 9

A former arm-wrestling champion raised in the U.S. returns to South Korea for a tournament that could return him to glory, but he finds his life complicated by the appearance of the biological family he never knew in the sports comedy “Champion”, debuting on digital October 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Don Lee (Ma Dong-seok), the star of hits Train to Busan and Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, flexes his muscles as the arm-wrestling champion, with Kwon Yul (The Admiral) and Han Ye-ri (Sea Fog) offering support under the direction of newcomer Kim Yong-wan.

Synopsis:

In this rousing crowd-pleaser, a former arm-wrestling champion raised in the Us
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’The Miseducation Of Cameron Post’ Comes Out With Weekend’s Top PTA – Specialty Box Office

  • Deadline
FilmRise’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post bowed to solid numbers in two New York locations over the weekend, grossing $53K. Directed by Desiree Akhavan and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, the Sundance Film Festival dramatic prize-winner averaged $26,500. Well Go USA opened Korean action-fantasy Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days in 48 theaters, taking in $329K for a $6,854 average, while A24 teen drama Never Goin’ Back came up short with a $10,044 launch from two runs. The company’s fellow teen feature, Eighth Grade, however, went over a thousand theaters in its fourth outing, taking in $2.87M in the three-day. Last weekend’s per theater average topper, Scotty And The Secret History of Hollywood from Greenwich Entertainment, opened New York and added locations in L.A. in its second frame, grossing $43,259. Sony Pictures Classics added runs for Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle in its second weekend, grossing $128,598 for an $8K average, while
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Review: Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days Sacrifices Focus for Franchise-Building

I'll admit that eight months ago I may have brought a certain amount of prejudice with me when I went to see Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, the fantasy epic blockbuster that would become the second most successful Korean film of all time. Rewatching the film earlier this month, I realize my initial assessment was a little harsh and that it was more effective and engaging than I initially gave it credit for. This time around I went in with an open mind, twice, before collecting my thoughts. So I feel quite confident when I say that, sadly, Along the the Gods: The Last 49 Days is the bigger but far less successful half of Korea's first two-part blockbuster (though this may not...

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Korean box office grows in first half of 2018 after ticket price increases

Total admissions decreased by 1% to 96.36 million.

South Korea’s total box office increased by 2.4% to $711.3m (KW802.5bn) in the first half of the year, according to figures from the Korean Film Council (Kofic), although total admissions decreased by 1% to 96.36 million.

The revenue growth can partly be attributed to an increase in the average ticket price, which grew from $7.14 in the first half of 2017 to $7.38 in the first half of this year.

In addition, ticket sales of 3D, 4D and IMAX films increased by a whopping 79% year-on-year to $36.3m in the first half of 2018, on admissions that were up 69% to 3.2 million.
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Film “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days”

Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds”, which was released at the tail end of last year, went on the become the most successful film of 2017 in South Korea and eventually became the 2nd highest grossing Korean film of all time in the domestic market. Director Kim Yong-hwa is back with the follow-up “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days”.

Plot details are thin at the moment, but the film is said to be set 100 years before the events of “Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds”. Joining returning stars Ha Jung-woo, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Gyang-gi and Lee Jae-hoon is in-demand actor Ma Dong-seok.

Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days” is slated for an August 1st, 2018 release in South Korea.
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Cannes title 'The Spy Gone North' sells to over 100 territories

Sales include UK/Ireland, Japan and French-speaking territories.

South Korea’s Cj Entertainment has sold Yoon Jong-bin’s Cannes Midnight Screenings title The Spy Gone North to 111 countries, including UK/Ireland (Signature Entertainment), Japan (Twin) and French-speaking territories (Metropolitan Filmexport).

Based on actual events in the 1990s, the thriller follows a South Korean agent played by Hwang Jung-min (The Battleship Island), who goes undercover as a businessman to North Korea to infiltrate their nuclear facilities, plagued by political machinations from both sides.

The film also stars Lee Sung-min (A Violent Prosecutor), Cho Jin-woong (The Handmaiden) and Ju Ji-hoon (Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Film “Champion”

Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” stars in “Champion”, a Korean sports comedy.

The first feature for director Kim Yong-wan, the film portrays the story of Korean adoptee who becomes an arm wrestling champion. While pitched as a comedy, “Champion” also flexes its muscles by also carrying a number of social issues.
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M-Line launches sales on Dexter's Vr films (exclusive)

Titles include ‘Along With The Gods Vr’, ‘Follow The White Rabbit’ and ‘Help Me’.

M-Line Distribution has become South Korea’s first company to launch sales on Vr films with a slate led by local powerhouse Dexter Studios’ titles such as Along With The Gods Vr, Follow The White Rabbit and Help Me. The last two films are screening in the Marche du Film’s Next Vr showcase.

Coupling Vr with motion simulation chairs, fantasy “Vr rider experience” Along With The Gods Vr is based on the blockbuster hit Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds which clocked up 14.4 million admissions locally this year.
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Cannes Film Market: Korea’s Ma Dong-seok Flexes Muscles in ‘Champion’

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Cannes Film Market: Korea’s Ma Dong-seok Flexes Muscles in ‘Champion’
Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market.

The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next month in Korea by the studio. In other territories, rights are handled by sales agency Finecut.

The first feature for director Kim Yong-wan, the film portrays the story of Korean adoptee who becomes an arm wrestling champion. While pitched as a comedy, “Champion” also flexes its muscles by also carrying a number of social issues.

Before breaking through in “Train,” Ma (aka Don Lee) has played a numerous supporting roles in films including :Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time,” and “The Unjust.” He was raised in the U.S. and attended a physical education degree at Columbia State University.
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Cha Tae Hyun Stars In Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds

Was anyone else as eager as I was to see this movie? If you missed the local showing, the wait for another opportunity will not be in vain. Well Go USA is releasing Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds via digital, Blu-Ray ™ combo pack and DVD on April 10th. It’s an emotional rhapsody of life through happiness, sadness, enlightenment, and acceptance told with a comedic spin.

Courtesy of Well Go USA

I am a fan of one of the lead actors, Cha Tae Hyun, because of his role in my favorite Korean variety show, 1Night2Days (1N2D). Cha is most often the romantic lead in Rom-Com flicks and dramas. So seeing him in a more adventurous movie is really a treat. It was his participation that drew me to the film. However, I have to admit that while Cha Tae Hyun was every bit
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'Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds' becomes Korea's third biggest all-time box office hit

'Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds' becomes Korea's third biggest all-time box office hit
The film stars Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun, Ju Ji-hoon and Kim Hyang-gi.

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‘Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds’

In South Korea, director Kim Yong-hwa’s fantasy film Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds has become the third biggest box office hit in the country’s history.

Based on a hugely popular web comic of the same title, the CGI-driven tearjerker has clocked up 13,542,327 admissions and more than $101.6m as of today (22 Jan), according to the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

The film’s star-studded cast is led by Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser), Cha Tae-hyun (My Sassy Girl), Ju Ji-hoon (Asura: The City Of Madness) and Kim Hyang-gi (Proof Of Innocence).

Cha plays a firefighter who suddenly dies and finds himself going with three guardians (Ha, Ju and Kim) through seven circles of hell to pass trials and prove he is worthy of reincarnation.

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Along with the Gods, Bleeding Steel and more International Cinema titles opening this weekend!

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Along with the Gods, Bleeding Steel and more International Cinema titles opening this weekend!Along with the Gods, Bleeding Steel and more International Cinema titles opening this weekend!Adriana Floridia12/22/2017 9:53:00 AMEvery week, select Cineplex theatres feature some of the most popular and exciting films from all around the world, from countries like China, India, Korea, The Philippines and more. If you want to try something different at the movies, or simply celebrate your own or a new culture on the big screen, we’re highlighting the International Cinema titles out this weekend that you’ll surely enjoy!

Along with the Gods (Korean w/ English subtitles)

After dying unexpectedly, firefighter Ja-hong is taken to the afterlife by three guardians, where only after passing seven trials and proving he lived a noble life will he be able to reincarnate. Based on the wildly popular webcomic, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds is a star-studded,
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