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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 [...]

N. Korean Media Accuses S. Korean Movies, Dramas of Anti-republic Fabrication

N. Korean Media Accuses S. Korean Movies, Dramas of Anti-republic Fabrication

SEOUL, March 4 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korean state media on Wednesday slammed South Korean movies and dramas for engaging in “anti-republic” propaganda with fakes and fabrication about the communist state. Uriminzokkiri did not specify its targets for criticism, but they might include such recent hits as TV drama “Crash Landing On You” and blockbuster [...]

9 North Korean Films to Screen at the Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival

9 North Korean Films to Screen at the Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Following formal approval by the government, feature films produced in North Korea will be screened at the 22nd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) to be held for ten days starting tomorrow. Festival organizers included the special screening of nine North Korean films following the conciliatory mood of the [...]

Korean Theaters Reject ‘Okja’ in Row with Netflix

Korean Theaters Reject ‘Okja’ in Row with Netflix

SEOUL, June 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Director Joon-ho Bong’s newest movie, “Okja”, has been unveiled in Korea, but there are disputes regarding the movie’s screening at some of the country’s largest theater chains. Three major multiplexes – CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox – made it clear that they will not screen “Okja” as part of a [...]

South Koreans Love Action Films: Survey

South Koreans Love Action Films: Survey

SEOUL, April 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Action films are South Korea’s favorite genre, a nationwide survey showed Saturday.  According to the 2016 consumer report released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), which surveyed 2,089 people aged between 15 and 59, 26.2 percent of the moviegoers picked action films as their favorite genre. Sci-Fi-adventure-fantasy films were [...]

Black Panther’s Korea Film Shoot Attracts Local Film Talent

Black Panther’s Korea Film Shoot Attracts Local Film Talent

BUSAN, March 17 (Korea Bizwire) – The first film shoot for Marvel’s upcoming superhero film Black Panther began on Friday in Busan, South Korea’s largest port city, with hundreds of local film students (or former students) participating as staff or assistant staff members in this rare Hollywood experience.  Some 450 students and graduates applied for the shoots [...]