The South Korean thriller Hide and Seek became the seventh local film to reach the 5 million admissions mark this year in its homeland. Now it’s on its way Stateside, and we have the trailer for you right here.
The flick drew in an impressive 1 million admissions in its first 64 hours alone in Korea, despite being backed by a smaller distributor and lacking big name talent. In 2013 Korean films accounted for more than half of the box office admissions in the country, continuing the hot streak that began the previous 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 feature debut by Huh Jung stars Hyeon-ju Son, 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 received both critical and popular acclaim for its portrayal of urban indifference and crime.
Mi-seon Jeon and Jung-Hee Moon also star.
Sung-soo has everything a man could want: a beautiful wife and children, a comfortable home and luxury car, and plenty of money in the bank. When he learns that his estranged brother, Sung-chul, has gone missing, haunting memories of their troubled past urge him to visit his brother’s apartment in search of answers.
Unsettled by the shabby, half-empty apartment complex, he quickly notices strange symbols inscribed under the doorbells and the terrified residents who hurriedly lock their doors at the sight of an outsider. When Sung-soo asks the next door neighbor Joo-hee about his brother, she reacts with horror, belying her initial kindness to the family in their expensive clothes and car.
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