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August 16, 2006

THE HOST IS BIGGER THAN ALL OF US

THE HOST, Bong Joon-Ho's monster movie, is a monster hit and it's set to pass the 10 million admission mark this coming Thursday which will put its gross at about US$68 million (not bad for a flick that cost US$15 million to make). It'll be the fourth Korean movie to sell this many tickets, (SILMIDO, TAE GUK GI and KING AND CLOWN are the others) but what's mind-blowing about this is that THE HOST will have done it in only 21 days -  about half the time it took the other movies cross the same benchmark.

But not everyone is happy with so many movie screens (550) playing host to THE HOST. According to a poster over at KoreanFilm.org, THE HOST, unlike KING AND CLOWN, is seen as benefitting at the expense of other movies, and the staff of the production and distribution companies are having to be careful not to appear too celebratory over their success. It also appears that this may prompt industry talks to set up guidelines that will limit the number of prints in distribution of one title or establish an "arthouse" circuit that can counterprogram.

But the good news is that Bong Joon-Ho now has a free pass to make any movie he wants to make, for the rest of his life. And if they're anything like BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE or MEMORIES OF MURDER then that's something to look forward to.

August 16, 2006 at 01:01 PM in News | Permalink

Comments

Grady,

Just saw you on IFC this morning when they were covering Umizaru 2 and the NYAFF. Had no idea military went as well to see it!

Good coverage of the fest but TV definetly adds 10 lbs to you bud.

Julio

Posted by: Julio | Aug 16, 2006 1:05:03 PM

Ouch.

That sound you hear is me purging.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Aug 16, 2006 1:39:45 PM

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