SEOUL, Jan.7 (Korea Bizwire) – ‘The Himalayas’ might be a box office hit in the U.S. after its success in Korea.
A screening event for the movie was held at CGV LA, located in Los Angeles. Hosted by the LA Korean Council and CJ E&M, foreigners who love Korean movies and members of the American Alpine Club were invited.
‘The Himalayas’ is based on an actual event that happened in 2005. The film documents the touching story of mountaineer Um Hong-gil and his crew climbing the Himalayas to gather the body of a fellow mountaineer who died while climbing Mt. Everest. Although the climb was not record-breaking, nor did it provide honor or money to the crew, the climbers risked their lives for their colleague.
The movie was played 12,232 times on 952 screens across the nation from January 1 to January 3, continuing its winning streak.
Viewers who were invited commented that the movie was very touching, expressing delicate emotions in a very warm way. The dramatic scenes of wide vistas showing the scenery of the mountains also received praise.
Other than the movie itself, a noticeable feature was the use of ‘Screen X’ technology developed by CJ CGV and KAIST. ‘Screen X’ expands the viewing area to the walls on each side of the main screen.
Among the 124 minutes of the movie, 25 to 30 minutes are screened on ‘Screen X’. CJ CGV officials commented that they focused on conveying the emotions in the movie, and the spectacular scenery of the Himalayas through ‘Screen X’.
Kim Young-san, head of the Korean Council, commented that Korean movies such as ‘Roaring Currents’, ‘Ode to My Father’, ‘Twenty’, and ‘Veteran’ are being noticed in the American film market, which has high barriers to entry.
He also commented that ‘The Himalayas’ was well received by Americans as it tells a story about a very universal value. The Korean Council plans to introduce more Korean movies to the American market.
By Francine Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org)