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  • `Old Boy` Opens in Japan Nov. 6
  • [2004-11-11]
  • Director Park Chan-ok`s movie `Old Boy` is to be opened Nov. 6 in Japan. A total of 120-150 screens are expected to show `Old Boy` nationwide. Since this movie was released early this year, its profits reached 800 million yen (or 8.2 billion won), surpassing `The Scandal` and competing on a par with Japanese movies. The facts that `Old Boy` is a Cannes movie festival grand prix winner and that it is based on a Japanese cartoon will contribute to its success in Japan. Plus, the movie`s cast - Choi Min-shik and Yoo Ji-tae - are already well-known in Japan for `Swiri` and `One Fine Spring Day.` Although circumstances seem to bode well for `Old Boy` thanks to the Korean boom, Korean movies have shown a lackluster performance in Japan this year, unlike TV dramas. For instance, `Silmido` (estimated audience of 500,000 people) and `Taegukgi` (estimated audience of 900,000 people), both of which opened to the fanfares, failed to appeal to the Japanese audience. Of all Korean movies, `Swiri` and `Joint Security Area` were the biggest blockbusters in Japan to date, attracting 1.3 million and 1 million people, respectively.
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