Cannes-winning 'Parasite' tops 9 mln admissions in S. Korea

"Parasite," the winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, has surpassed 9 million in ticket sales and is running toward the 10 million milestone, data showed Sunday.

The comedy-thriller film by Bong Joon-ho drew 9,000,284 moviegoers as of Sunday morning, 25 days after its official release on local screens, according to the data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

The film surpassed the 5 million threshold on its eighth day on the screen before hitting the 8 million mark on the 17th day.


Cartoon, animated film festival to kick off in Seoul next month

An international cartoon and animation festival will open in Seoul next month, showcasing the changing environment and paradigms of the industry, the event's organizer said Monday.

The 23rd Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (SICAF) will start July 17 for a five-day run at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul, the SICAF organizing committee said.

Under the theme of "Innovative Change," 103 cartoons and animated films from 28 countries will be shown at this year's SICAF.


Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' wins Sydney Film Festival top prize

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" has grabbed the Sydney Film Prize, the main award of the 2019 Sydney Film Festival (SFF), according to the festival's homepage Monday.

The awarding of the AUD60,000 (US$41,288) cash prize, which took place during the festival's closing ceremony at the State Theatre in Sydney on Sunday (local time), follows the tragicomedy's winning of the prestigious Palme D'Or at Cannes in late May.


'Parasite' surpasses 8 mln in admissions

The Cannes-winning "Parasite" surpassed 8 million in total admissions on Saturday, looking poised to join other films in the 10 million club.

According to data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), "Parasite" reached over 8 million in admissions just past 3 p.m. Saturday, the 17th day since its much anticipated release. The family satire directed by Bong Joon-ho earned the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival and has stayed at the top of the local box office since its premiere on May 30.


Court dismisses filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's divorce suit

A Seoul court rejected award-winning director Hong Sang-soo's request for divorce at a verdict hearing on Friday.

The Seoul Family Court handed down the sentence after Hong applied for a divorce settlement in November 2016 and filed a divorce suit in December that year.

"Hong and his wife's marriage is on the rocks, and yet the primary responsibility goes to Hong. Supreme Court precedent does not allow those who are responsible for a marriage's breakdown to seek divorce," judge Kim Seong-jin said in the verdict.

The director is expected to appeal the ruling.


'Aladdin' belatedly makes box office rally in S. Korea

Walt Disney's live-action musical fantasy film "Aladdin" is making a remarkable rally at the South Korean box office, where the Palme d'Or-winning "Parasite" has been dominant for the last two weeks.

Since its release in May, it has been the underdog at the local box office after Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite," which won the highest prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, hit the local screens on May 30.

However, "Aladdin" recently made an outstanding rebound in audience numbers as the pace of "Parasite" slowed down once it pierced the 7 million admissions mark last week.


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.



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