While many people argue that Korean film funding is now more cautious and professional, two big companies did make very large bets this year - only one paid off in a big way.
New faces behind the films and fresh stories on the screen have reinvigorated the Korean film business.
A Korean baseball team overcomes its losing streak by signing a gorilla in this technically impressive but under-dramatized 3D feature.
Showbox and Huayi Bros place a big bet on 'Mr Go,' a live action/CGI feature about a Chinese gorilla who plays pro baseball in Korea.
Drawing mordant parallels between professional hitmen and cutthroat business execs, "A Company Man" gamely reimagines contract killing in the world of corporate culture.
Fox International Productions will co-finance Korean helmer Na Hong-jin's "The Murderer" along with Korean mini-major Showbox.
Showbox Mediaplex has sold Korean historical martial arts epic "The Sword With No Name" to Splendid Films.
John Woo's "Red Cliff," the most expensive Asian film ever, enjoyed a boffo start to its theatrical run across East Asia, where part one of the two-part epic bowed in five territories.
Showbox has picked up int'l sales rights to high profile auteur Kim Ki-duk's (second ref: Kim) upcoming movie, "Dream" (Bi-mong.) The Seoul-based distributor and investorwill open it for business at…
Effects-heavy monster movie "D-War" grossed a jaw-dropping $20.3 million in South Korea in its first five days, according to distributor Showbox, narrowly missing the opening-week record set by…
Domestic Film DAILY
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
Non-Stop1Daily:$1.6M Cumulative:$36.7M Universal Pictures -3.70%
Son of God
Son of God2Daily:$1.4M Cumulative:$31.5M Fox 8.58%
The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie3Daily:$1.0M Cumulative:$214.0M Warner Brothers 6.54%