The Hollywood Reporter
The Korean box office has been booming this year, not with American made imports but rather with a slew of successful films made locally. Of course you realize each and every one of them will be remade here because we cannot have nice original things.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the South Korean thriller Hide and Seek became the seventh local film to reach the 5 million admissions mark this year, bringing in 5.07 million admissions thus far. It drew in an impressive 1 million admissions in its first 64 hours alone, despite being backed by a smaller distributor and lacking big name talent.
Korean films have this year accounted for more than half of the box office admissions in the country, continuing the hot streak that began last year, when the 100 millionth ticket sale was recorded for the first time ever in a single year.
Hide and Seek joins films like The Terror Live and Snowpiercer in the prestigious 5 million admissions category, the latter of which is expected to soon reach the 10 million mark.
The feature debut by Huh Jung stars Son Hyun-ju, a middle-aged actor better known for TV roles. Son plays a successful businessman whose life is turned upside down when his estranged brother is reported missing. The film has been receiving both critical and popular acclaim for its portrayal of urban indifference and crime.
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