22nd August 2010
The Won Bin action film, Man From Nowhere, managed to stay at the top of the national box office chart for its third week in a row–but just barely. There was just 1 percentage point difference between it and the number two film, The Last Airbender. Here in Jeonju, the two films’ places were reversed. This in itself is not surprising. What mystified me was the differences in percentages–Last Airbender led by nearly 10 percentage points. I can only chalk this up to the number of screens. Nationally, the Man from Nowhere was shown on 540 screens while The Last Airbender played on 450. Here in North Cheolla, Man from Nowhere was on 14 screens and Airbender was seen in 16.
Eleven new movies are being released this coming week, which for many marks a return to school–although the university I work at does not start until the following week. These are listed below in alphabetical order.
1. Centurion (uk)– d. Neil Marshall, starring Michale Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko www.centurion2010.co.kr
2. Enemy at the End (kr)–d. Jo Won-hee & Kim Sang-hwa, starring Cheon Ho-jin, Yoo Hae-jin http://pisal-boksu.co.kr
3. Golden Slumber (jp)–d. Yoshihiro Nakamura, starring Yuko Takeuchi, Nao Omori
4. Good Husband (jp)– Isao Yukisada, starring Hiroko Yakushimaru, Etsushi Toyokawa
5. Hell Ride (us)– d. Larry Bishop, starring Larry Bishop, Dennis Hopper
6. Mister Zombie (kr)– d. Lee Soo-sang, starring Won Poong-yeon, Bae Noo-ri www.leefilm.co.kr/mrzombie
7. Piranha 3D (us)– d. Alexandre Ala, starring Elisabeth Shue, Steven McQueen www.piranha-3d.co.kr
8. Predators (us)–d. Nimrod Antal, starring Adrian Brody, Topher Grace www.foxkorea.co.kr/predators
9. Solanin (jp)– d. Takahiro Miki, starring Aoi Miyazaki, Kengo Kora
10. Wicker Man (us/de)– d. Neol Lebute, starring Nicholas Cage, Ellen Burstyn
11. You Are Beautiful (kr)– d. Bae Seung-chang & Jang Hye-yeong, starring Kim Ok-yeong, Ha Rim <documentary>