Cannes-winning 'Parasite' hits No. 1 in presale tickets

Bong Joon-ho's latest feature film, "Parasite," is expected to smash the local box office after having been awarded the top honor at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The family satire has already recorded 127,000 pre-sold tickets as of Monday afternoon, a day after it clinched the Palme d'Or at Cannes, the first South Korean film ever to win the award, according to data from the Korean Film Council.

The movie is set for theatrical release in South Korea on Thursday.


Song Kang-ho, icon of contemporary Korean cinema

Clinching his first-ever Palme d'Or prize for his family satire "Parasite" at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, director Bong Joon-ho did not hesitate to share the honor with Song Kang-ho, the lead actor and his longtime friend.

When he went up to the stage to receive the golden palm trophy, he brought the actor to the microphone, saying, "I want to hear words from the greatest actor and my companion, Song, who is here with me now."


Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' among films in the running for Cannes' top prize

This image provided by CJ Entertainment shows a scene from the film "Parasite."

With one day to go before the opening of this year's Cannes Film Festival, whether South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's latest will be able to take home the top prize is drawing public attention here.

"Parasite," the seventh feature flick from Bong, is one of the 21 films chosen to compete for the Palme d'Or, Cannes' highest prize, at the 72nd edition of the festival.


Actor Ma Dong-seok returns to tough guy character in new movie

Actor Ma Dong-seok has carved out his own presence in the South Korean movie industry, with viewers coming to mostly know him for his muscular arms, rock-solid build and rugged looks. But alongside his tough exterior, he exhibits a friendly, cute demeanor that earned him the nickname "Mavely," a combination of his surname, "Ma," and "lovely."

In the action-adventure film "The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil," to be released next week, Korean movie fans may find themselves unfamiliar with Ma as he plays a character that largely emphasizes his masculinity.


'Inseparable Bros' shows water thicker than blood

 A famous proverb says blood is thicker than water, but the upcoming Korean film "Inseparable Bros" shows that there is water that is thicker than blood somewhere around us.

It is a sentimental comedy-drama based on a true story about two disabled men -- Se-ha and Dong-goo. The movie begins with scenes of the two characters meeting each other and pictures how these two became family.

Se-ha is smart and clever but paralyzed and isn't able to walk or move after an injury to his spinal cord. He has to sit in a wheelchair everyday and must be spoon-fed and bathed by others.


S. Korean cinema records highest attendance ever for February

This image shows the electronic poster of the comedy movie "Extreme Job" on display at a Seoul theater. On Feb. 15, 2019, the movie set a box-office record in Korean comedy film history by attracting 13 million moviegoers since its release on Jan. 23. The movie is about a team of goofy anti-drug cops who open a fried chicken restaurant to stake out an organized drug crime ring.


Dirty cop battles dirtier business tycoon in 'Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage'

Actor Lee Sun-kyun in a scene from "Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage" 

 There's nothing in the world of Lee Jeong-beom's cop drama film "Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage" that you haven't already seen.

There are mobsters who are cruel but occasionally stupid, dirty cops and even dirtier conglomerate owners with a dark connection to those in power. This kind of world has been featured in many Korean crime thrillers before.


Korean cop comedy makes strong showing in N. America

 "Extreme Job," the highest-grossing movie of all time in South Korea, has also created a sensation in North American theaters, the film's local distributor said Wednesday.

The Korean cop comedy has posted about US$1.4 million in ticket sales in 15 North American cities, including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, in the fifth week of its run, CJ Entertainment said.

It became the ninth most popular Korean film of all time in North America.


New film 'Uhm Bok-dong' pushes Rain to his physical limit

Having entered the K-pop scene as a teenager, Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has shown no lack of stamina so far while staging physically challenging pop performances on the K-pop scene.

Even given Jung's unusually well-built physique, filming "Uhm Bok-dong," a new drama film where he plays the main role, was a consuming physical challenge like never before.


'Svaha' tops box office for second day over 'Extreme Job'

This file photo from CJ Entertainment shows actor Lee Jung-jae in a scene from local mystery thriller "Svaha: The Sixth Finger." 

Local mystery thriller "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" stayed atop the box office for the second day in a row after ending a 27-day winning streak by "Extreme Job," data showed Friday.

"Svaha" debuted at No. 1 with 191,690 views on Wednesday and gathered 144,992 views on the second day of its run, according to the data from the Korean Film Council.



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