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Secret Reunion Unseats Avatar

2010/02/18 Source

Avatar has been knocked off its seven week perch at the top of the box office by spy thriller "Secret Reunion". The Song Kang-ho starring blockbuster pulled in 741,552 admissions in its first 3 days after opening. Secret Reunion is helmed by up and comer Jang Hoon who joins the ranks of other Korean promising-young-directors such as Na Hong-jin who jumped head first into the box office with his first feature "The Chaser" (2007). Jang Hoon in turn, made his cinematic splash with the Kim Ki-duk produced "Rough Cut" (2008).

Secret Reunion stars Song Kang-ho ("Thirst" 2009, "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" 2008) whose films always seem to turn to block buster gold. Also starring is Gang Dong-won ("M" 2007) whose current film "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" is number 4 at the box office. SONG plays a secret service agent who is kicked out of the service after pursuing a North Korean spy and failing. Six years later, SONG's character comes across an accomplice of the spy, played by KANG.

The current Korean box office number 3 film Avatar however is certainly not to be dismissed. The 2.24 billion (U.S. $) world wide grossing film raked in 11.9 million viewings in Korea becoming the third most watched film in Korea's history. Both films stand to increase their admissions totals even more as they head into the Korean New Year long weekend, traditionally a busy time at cinemas.

David Oxenbridge

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