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Hindi Film Black Diversifies the Korean Box Office

2009/09/18 | 559 views | Permalink | Source

Hindi Film Black has taken the number 5 spot at the Korean Box Office. The film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, not exactly commercial Bollywood fare itself with only one performed song, has managed to penetrate a market usually dominated by either Korean films or Hollywood commercial heavyweights. However, Korean audiences are becoming more diversified in their tastes recently. This year alone, sleeper, independent documentary "Old Partner", about a farmer and his cow trudged into the box office and quickly pulled in nearly 3 million viewers. Also this year, "Bandhobi" directed by Sin Dong-il became the first film starring a Bangladeshi actor. The film focuses on the plight Southeast Asian workers and in particular a Bangladeshi migrant and his relationship with a teenager Korean girl. "Bandhobi" was released on a small scale yet to a number of commercial screens.

Black is an Indian take on the story of deaf and blind Helen Keller who became an author and activist. The film was released on August the 27th and has so far pulled in 700,000 admissions.

David Oxenbridge (KOFIC)

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