Korean Movie Hits, Mehs, and Bombs: Summer 2015


Hello. This is Prof. AKIA. With the fall winds blowing and chasing away all of the short skirts Korean ladies had wearing during the HOT summer, let's look back over the Korean Movie box office for the Summer starting with the hits.
(M is short for millions)


The Hits!

1. Veteran / 베테랑


Here is the action detective comedy about HOW much Koreans hate capitalism!
Considering that this topic does better than sex in Korea, it is the TOP hit.

Tickets Sold
13.4M

Total Gross
$92M


Review Score
D+



2. Assassination / 암살

The only thing that rivals capitalism in the "HOW much does Koreans hate" category is the Japanese!
This movie is a period piece action movie about killing the Japanese. It is also secretly pro-communist which also sells well here.


Tickets Sold
12.7M

Total Gross
$86M


Review Score
B+


3. Northern Limit Line Review / 연평해전

Based on real life events, this movie is about a naval skirmish between north and south Korea.

Tickets Sold
6.04M

Total Gross
$39.9M

Review Score
C


Next are movies they didn't lose a lot of money but still aren't considered huge successes.

"Not Bombs..."

4. The Classified Files /극비수사

A detective story about a missing kid based on a real life case that happened in the late 70s.

Tickets Sold
2.9M

Total Gross
$19.6M

Review Score
A-




5. The Chronicles of Evil / 악의 연대기
Review Link

A standard serial killer thriller.

Tickets Sold
2.2M

Total Gross
$15.2M

Review Score
D+



6. Beauty Inside/뷰티 인사이드
Review Link

A romance movie about a guy who is cursed with randomly shape-shifting to another body every day.


Tickets Sold
2.05M


Total Gross
$14.1M

Review Score
C


Next we have the real failures which mean a lot of people lost a lot of money.

Bombs!



7. The Treacherous /간신
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An erotic period piece pot boiler about a mad king

Tickets Sold
1.1M

Total Gross
$7.8M

Review Score
B+


8. Wonderful Nightmare / 미쓰 와이프
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A modern supernatural fantasy in which a successful woman is given a chance to live a life she didn't want in order to learn the meaning of life!

Tickets Sold
0.98M

Total Gross
$6.4M

Review Score
C-


9. The Piper / 손님

A Horror period piece set in Korea based on the "Pied Piper of Hamelin" fairy tale.

Tickets Sold
0.83M

Total Gross
$5.6M

Review Score
C

10. Memories of the Sword /협녀, 칼의 기억
Review Link

A fantasy action movie with swords, revenge, and women

Tickets Sold
0.43M

Total Gross
$2.9M

Review Score
C





11. The Shameless /무뢰한
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An Art house Noir movie which may be more of a "meh" movie as it is relatively a low budget movie.

Tickets Sold
0.41M

Total Gross
$2.9M

Review Score
C-


12. The Unfair/ 소수의견

A "message" court room drama

Tickets Sold
0.38M

Total Gross
$2.5M




13. The Silenced / 경성학교: 사라진 소녀들
Review Link

A period piece horror movie set in an all-girls boarding school.

Tickets Sold
0.36M

Total Gross
$2.4M

Review Score
C




14. 치외법권 / Untouchable Lawmen

A body cop action movie

Tickets Sold
0.35M

Total Gross
$2.3M



15. Love Clinic / 연애의 맛
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A not sexy nor funny "Sex" romantic comedy

Tickets Sold
0.21M

Total Gross
$1.5M

Review Score
D+



16. Perfect Proposal / 은밀한 유혹
Review Link

A thriller where a woman of few means finds herself the center of intrigue set on a yacht

Tickets Sold
0.21M

Total Gross
$1.0M

Review Score
C




17. Intimate Enemies / 나의 절친 악당들
Review Link

An art-house movie masquerading as an action comedy caper movie.

Tickets Sold
0.13M

Total Gross
$0.9M

Review Score
C+


This was Prof. AKIA with the summer Korean movies of 2015. It was the year of a few massively profitable movies with many movies that lost an arm and a leg. The overall quality of the movies tend to be low in average with very lackluster movies pandering to the Korean audience earning the most.

For Koreans, this mean hating on capitalism and the Japanese.



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1 comment:

  1. Colorful movie. Lots of characters and fun.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GrRapAb-No
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GrRapAb-No
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GrRapAb-No

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