July 11, 2006


Korean actor, Bae Young-Jun, (aka Yonsama) is so popular in Japan that middle-aged housewives beat each other to death just to get a whiff of his sweat. But now his popularity becomes...more popular? Korean film, APRIL SNOW, by Hur Jin-Ho and starring Yonsama, made so much money when it was released in Japan that they had to open a second mint. Now, the Director's Cut of APRIL SNOW is set to come out on September 9 and advance tickets have just gone on sale (July 7 was T-day).

The crowds were so large that the ticket sellers just gave up and opened two hours early. The sales were in the 9,000 ticket range. This set the record for largest first day sale for advanced tickets ever for any movie in Japan. Tours were arranged for people who wanted to come in from out of town and buy advanced ticekts. Five housewives were so excited that they set their hair on fire and ran through downtown Osaka screaming, "Yonsama! We greatly respect your acting!" Rumors fly that the moon is carving itself into a giant statue of Yonsama's head.

But the real loser in all of this is a dejected Jay Chandrasekhar who wonders why this kind of hoopla didn't greet the premiere of his Unrated Director's Cut of THE DUKES OF HAZZARD. Sometimes, life just isn't fair.

July 11, 2006 at 11:55 AM in News | Permalink


Ohmygawd, The Kimchi** Revolution is here!!!!

While the japanese are slow at picking up Korean pop culture, I have never ever truly understand what's the fuss with it all this time.

They have some great Korean movies yeah, but when it comes to the romance/drama genre, I will avoid it at all costs. But I gotta give it to them, no one does dramatic plots like accident/cancer/blindness/muteness(which you can probably find in any of those drama series) like the Koreans does.

**It's not meant to be insulting, the chinese fandom just gave it a nickname.

Posted by: Z | Jul 11, 2006 10:07:43 PM

Taiwan produced their own sappy romances during the 70s, mostly starring Bridgette Lin Qingxia or Lin Fengjiao (Mrs. Jackie Chan)

Posted by: oj | Jul 14, 2006 11:01:07 PM

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