Week-long break boosts box office

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Week-long break boosts box office

The long Lunar New Year’s holiday starts today, which spells good news for cinemas.
Holidays such as Lunar New Year and Chuseok, Korea’s Thanksgiving, see a surge in ticket sales.
Megabox, one of Korea’s largest movie theater chains, said the box office usually rises 10 percent during holidays.
Four Korean, one martial arts and one Hollywood film that opened last week will screen during the holidays this week.
Jung Yoon-cheol’s “A Man who was Superman” is one of the Korean choices. Jung directed “Marathon” (2005) and “Shim’s Family” (2007).
In Jung’s drama, Song Soo-jung (Jun Ji-hyun) is a documentary filmmaker, but life is not turning out well.
While she languishes in despair, a superman (Hwang Jung-min) appears and helps her to take care of undone business.
If you fancy a thriller, check out Yoon In-ho’s “The Game,” starring Shin Ha-kyun and Byeon Hee-bong.
One day Min Hee-do (Shin), a poor street artist, gets a strange phone call inviting him to a mysterious mansion, the home of Kang Noh-sik (Byeon), a wheeler and dealer on the money markets.
If you want to kick off the new year with a few laughs rather than a thrills, Ha Ki-ho’s “Radio Days,” starring Ryu Seung-bum, Lee Jong-bum and Kim Sa-rang is worth a shout.
“Once Upon a Time” is an action comedy, starring actor Park Yong-woo and actress Lee Bo-young.
Foreign films include Peter Chan’s “The Warlords” and Mike Nichols’ “Charlie Wilson’s War,” the true-life story of Democratic Congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) and his supporter Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) set in Texas in the early 1980s.
Two other films opened yesterday: the Korean melodrama “Six Years in Love” and “The Last Present.” “Happily N’Ever After,” “August Rush” and “Sweeney Todd” are still on.

By Lee Eun-joo Contributing Writer [estyle@joongang.co.kr]
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