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"Take Off" Takes Up Second Place at Box Office

2009/08/06 Source

While "Haeundae" continues to storm across the country Ski Jumping epic "Take Off" jumps into second place. Only eclipsed by Haeundae which has already has 4.7 million viewings "Take Off" is nearly itself at the one million mark in less than a week. Kim Yong-hwa the director had previously hit box office gold with comedy "200 Pounds Beauty" in 2006. "Take Off" also has significant star pull with actor Ha Jung-woo who playing the lead character. HA has been busy of late staring in "Boat" released this year in May and also stared in last year's "The Chaser".

HA plays an adopted Korean American who gets intertwined with Korea's North Jeolla Province's bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. While coming back to find his real mother he gets roped in to form Korea's first ski jump team. Along with a motley mix of others, the team must be ready to be able to assist with the province's campaign.

This is a busy week for Korean entertainment companies. While CJ's is handling sales for Haeundae, "Take Off" is being handled by Showbox. "Take Off" was released in Korea July 29 and has had 953,325 viewings.

David Oxenbridge(KOFIC)

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