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‘Last Godfather’ dominates Korean box office

Comedy stars Harvey Keitel and helmer Shim Hyung-rae

SEOUL — U.S.-Korea co-production “The Last Godfather,” starring Harvey Keitel and Jason Mewes, has dominated the Korean box office for a second week.

Helmer Shim Hyung-rae’s $13.4 million slapstick comedy pulled in $2.75 million for distrib CJ Entertainment, upping its two-week cume to $13.1 million, according to the Korean Film Council’s box office information system.

New opener “Heart Beats,” starring “Lost” thesp Yunjin Kim, nabbed second place with $2.2 million.

In its first week, “Godfather” knocked “The Chaser” helmer Na Hong-jin’s thriller “The Yellow Sea” off the top of the chart.

Co-distributed by Showbox and 20th Century Fox Korea, “The Yellow Sea” stepped down to No.4 in its third weekend, with a cume of $14.5 million, while another local comedy, “Hello Ghost,” occupies the No.3 slot, earning $15.6 million for distributor N.E.W.

In “The Last Godfather” Shim reprises his role as Young-gu, a popular local comedic character he created during the late 1980s. For the coproduction, Young-gu learns he is the son of a Mafia boss in New York.

The script was revised by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow.

CJ Entertainment is negotiating a U.S. release date in the first half of the year. Shim’s fantasy “D-War” was handled in the U.S. by Freestyle Releasing.

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