For the third consecutive year the Korean Cinema industry overpass the 200 million ticket sold mark.
In Film Focus we had a hunch but this week the KOFIC (Korean Film Council) confirmed that the Korean Cinema Industry overpass for third time the 200 million ticket sold mark. The growth of the industry in the last years is a direct result of many policies impulse by the Korean government that protected and cultivated the national industry.
The numbers in the first half of the year were not what the experts expected but the release of several national films such as “Veteran”, “Asssassination”, “Inside Men” and “The Throne” give the industry a big push. Only four international release where among the most watched films this year these are: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”,"Kingsman: Secret Service”, “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Jurassic World”.
Three movies managed to overpass the 10 million ticket sold mark these where: “Veteran” (CJ) by Ryoo Seung-wan with more than 13 million, “Assassination” (Showbox) de Choi Dong-hoon wth 12.7 million, and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (USA) by Joss Whedon with 10.4 millones.
In December two national release “The Himalayas” (CJ) by Lee Seok-hoon and “The Tiger” (Contents Panda) by Park Hoon-jung hope to get most of the views. Another awaited film not only for Koreans but also for the worldwide audience is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by J.J. Abrams that is breaking records all over the world. Will the industry overpass the 214 million obtained last year? For that we will have to wait until the end of December.