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Korea Box Office: ‘The King’ Rules Weekend With Record Opening

Korea Box Office: ‘The King’ Rules Weekend With Record Opening
Opening on 1,310 screens nationwide, Next Entertainment World’s crime drama “The King” scored $13.2 million from 1.85 million admissions between Wednesday and Sunday to top the Korean box office. That is a record for the biggest January opening in the country.

Directed by Han Jae-rim (“The Face Reader”,) and starring Zo In-sung (“A Frozen Flower”) and Jung Woo-sung (“Asura: The City of Madness”,) ‘The King” involves a young prosecutor who rises swiftly to power, but tumbles even quicker.

On 976 screens, another Korean drama, Cj’s “Confidential Assignment” earned $8.1 million from 1.15 million admissions. Starring Hyun Bin (“The Fatal Encounter”) and Yoo Hae-jin (“Luck-key”), the story revolves around cops from South and North Korea on a covert operation.

Disney’s “Moana” earned $2.29 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $8.4 million after two weekends. Japan’s “Your Name” dropped from first place to fourth, earning $1.86 million for a total of $21.1 million after three weekends.
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2010 Nykff: A Frozen Flower Review

A Frozen Flower is a Korean costume drama set in the Goryeo Dynasty. Directed by Ha Yoo, the film focuses on an affair between a King (Jin-mo Joo) and one of his elite bodyguards, Hong-lim (In-seong Jo). As the Queen (Ji-hyo Song) struggles with her feelings towards the King, the kingdom is at unrest due to the lack of an heir. To prevent a revolt against the throne, the King commands Hong-lim to impregnate the Queen so an heir can be conceived. However, things turn grim when Hong-lim and the Queen fall in love.

I really don't have much experience seeing Korean epics, although the film feels really familiar. I hate to say this, but being exposed to Zhang Yimou's works may have endowed me with unrealistic expectations of the martial arts period drama genre. A Frozen Flower is in no way a small production. However, the degree of stylization
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