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Webtoons Carve Out Role Behind Popular Films

Webtoons Carve Out Role Behind Popular Films

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — On the South Korean entertainment scene, webtoons, or web-based comics, have carved out a unique role as a source of fresh ideas for producers and screenwriters. TV series like “Itaewon Class” (2020) and “Mystic Pop-up Bar” (2020), dramatized adaptations of popular web cartoon series with the same titles, are [...]

Releases of Homegrown, Hollywood Blockbusters Postponed Again Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Releases of Homegrown, Hollywood Blockbusters Postponed Again Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent spike in new coronavirus cases has dealt another heavy blow to the South Korean film industry, pushing distributors to postpone the release of titles set to hit theaters next month. Distributor Merry Christmas said Thursday that it will put off the premier of the science-fiction adventure “Space [...]

Summer Blockbusters Drive 70 pct Growth in S. Korean Admissions in July

Summer Blockbusters Drive 70 pct Growth in S. Korean Admissions in July

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Homegrown summer blockbusters like the zombie apocalypse film “Peninsula” helped South Korean movies see their combined admissions jump nearly 70 percent in July from a month earlier, data showed Thursday. The number of moviegoers who watched South Korean films reached 4.69 million last month, up 68.4 percent from 2.78 [...]

S. Korea’s ‘Peninsula,’ ‘Heaven’ Among Cannes’ 2020 Official Selection

S. Korea’s ‘Peninsula,’ ‘Heaven’ Among Cannes’ 2020 Official Selection

SEOUL, June 4 (Korea Bizwire) — “Peninsula” by South Korean filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho and “Heaven: To The Land of Happiness” by fellow Korean director Im Sang-soo were selected among the 73rd Cannes Film Festival lineup Wednesday (local time). The two Korean films made the list of the 2020 Official Selection, consisting of 56 movies, which [...]

Coronavirus Pandemic Pushes Distributors to Seek Ways to Release Films

Coronavirus Pandemic Pushes Distributors to Seek Ways to Release Films

SEOUL, April 9 (Korea Bizwire) — With the film industry struggling with the fallout from the monthslong coronavirus pandemic, South Korean movie distributors have made attempts to release films on multiple platforms. The daily number of moviegoers plunged to a record low of 15,000 this week, as people have been asked to stay home amid [...]