'Parasite' biggest commercial success among foreign films in North America this year

The Cannes-winning Korean film "Parasite" has garnered more than US$11 million in revenue in North America, becoming the most commercially successful foreign language title of this year so far, industry data showed Monday.

The film's revenue from the one-month period since its North American release on Oct. 11 till Sunday came to $11.28 million, according to the data by the U.S. box office and the American magazine Variety.


Actress Lee Young-ae unveils her first film in 14 years

South Korean star actress Lee Young-ae said Monday that she expects her new film "Bring Me Home" to be a turning point in her acting career and her life as the mother of two children.

Rising to global stardom for her role in the smash-hit historical drama "Daejanggeum" (2003), Lee chose the mystery thriller as her first silver screen project in 14 years.

Her last appearance on the big screen was in Park Chan-wook's crime thriller film "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005), in which she played a revenge seeking single mother.


Cannes-winning 'Parasite' on a roll at U.S. box office

South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho's family satire "Parasite" has maintained its strong theatrical presence at the U.S. box office, industry data showed Tuesday.

The Korean-language film, released stateside on Oct. 11, added US$2.6 million to its U.S. gross from Friday to Sunday, according to data from Box Office Mojo.

Its total reached $7.5 million, far outnumbering Bong's previous English-language science fiction movie "Snowpiercer" (2013), which garnered $4.6 million in 2013.


Director Park Chan-wook wins honorary award at Geneva film fest

South Korean movie director Park Chan-wook, well known for "Thirst" (2009) and his Vengeance Trilogy, including "Oldboy" (2003), has won an honorary award at the Geneva International Film Festival.

Park received the Film and Beyond Award on Tuesday at 25th annual event underway in the Swiss city from Nov. 1-10.

The award is bestowed upon a cross-disciplinary artist for his or her whole body of work, according to the festival organizer.

Two of Park's full-length films, including "The Handmaiden" (2016), and three short films are being screened at the festival.


Director says film censorship delayed development of Korean cinema for decades

Film censorship delayed the development of South Korean cinema for more than 30 years and prevented world-class filmmakers like Bong Joon-ho from appearing, a senior director said Tuesday.

"If we didn't have the harsh censorship in the past, we may have advanced further about 30-50 years earlier," Kim Soo-yong, a 90-year old retired director who made more than 100 films, said in a press conference in Seoul. "We might have had great filmmakers like Bong Joon-ho 50 years ago."


Award-winning 'Joker' tops 5 mln in attendance in S. Korea

Venice-winning psychological thriller "Joker" topped 5 million admissions in South Korea on Tuesday, according to its distributor.

The film, directed by Todd Phillips, passed the threshold at noon on the 28th day of its run in South Korean theaters, Warner Bros. Korea said. It is soon expected to become the second most-viewed DC Comics-adapted film in the country after "The Dark Knight Rises," which was seen by 6.4 million people in 2012.


Festival to celebrate Korean film's 100th anniversary kicks off in central Seoul

A movie-themed cultural festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema kicked off in downtown Seoul on Saturday.

The two-day festival on the Gwanghwamun square in the city center includes a ceremony to mark the centennial and a program to give visitors a chance to experience the filming process of two Korean films -- "Train to Busan," a smash hit zombie film from 2016, and "The Himalayas," an adventure movie released in 2015.


Asian film fest in London spotlights Korean cinema

 Launched four years ago with only seven movies, the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) has now established itself as a key platform to introduce the region's vibrant cinema to Britain.

The fourth annual festival kicked off Thursday with the European premiere of South Korean disaster action comedy film "Exit." Over 60 titles from 11 countries will be screened around London until Nov. 3 under the theme of "crisis, chaos and survival."


(News Focus) Gov't plan on screen regulation draws mixed views in film industry

 The South Korean government's recent announcement of a plan to adopt an anti-monopoly regulation in the local cinema market has rekindled debate over the issue among local cineastes.

Last week, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it is seeking to put a ceiling on the number of movie screens allotted to a single film as part of its efforts to promote cinematic diversity and foster small and midsize film studios.


Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' racks up US$1.3 mln over weekend in U.S.

Cannes-winning black comedy "Parasite" racked up nearly US$1.3 million over the weekend in the United States, industry data showed Monday.

Directed by eclectic South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho, the film, released stateside on Oct. 11, ranked 11th at the U.S. box office during the Friday-Sunday period, with a cumulative total of $1.8 million, according to data from Box Office Mojo. It is now being screened in 33 theaters in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.



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