South Korean movie ‘Hwa-Yi: A Monster Boy’ (director: Jang Joon Hwan) continues to lead at the local box office chart.
According to statistics released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) today, ‘Hwa-Yi’ drew 95,205 admissions for October 14th, and brought its total admissions to 1,309,110. Since its opening day, ‘Hwa-Yi’ has been sitting securely on top of the South Korean box office chart.
‘Hwa-Yi’ is the comeback commercial piece for director Jang Joon Hwan after a 10 year hiatus. The movie revolves around a 16 year old boy named Hwa Yi who had been raised to become a lethal killer by a 5-member crime gang led by Seok Tae (Kim Yun Suk). Things start to go awry after Hwa-Yi discovers the real truth behind his past as he plots his revenge.
In second place was ‘Wish’ which was directed by Lee Jun Ik. The movie drew 58,327 admissions on October 14th, and saw its accumulated admissions rising to 1,778,217. ‘Wish’ revolves around a girl named So Won who is a victim of violence and how her family goes through despair and pain in the aftermath, as they seek to open a new phase in their lives. The movie seeks to offer a gentle perspective at sensitive societal issues, and convey heart-warming moments to audiences.
Comparing the numbers to its first week of screening, ‘Wish’ still drew a sizeable crowd in its second week unlike other movies which would have shown a sharp decline. This showed that audiences are still showing a keen interest in the movie, and could see the movie break even in the short term.
‘Tough as Iron’ (Ahn Kwon Tae) which opened on the same day as ‘Wish’, secured 16,579 admissions on the same day to place third, and saw its accumulated admissions rising to 1,136,139.
Meanwhile, ‘The Face Reader’ (director: Han Jae Rim) which opened on September 11th, came in 4th at the box office chart after drawing 16,237 admissions, with its accumulated admissions now standing at 9,034,491.
By: Yoon Hyo Jung