Experimental flick ‘Fatal Intuition’ starts off strong

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Experimental flick ‘Fatal Intuition’ starts off strong


Joo Won plays a devastated man whose beloved younger sister gets murdered by a mysterious serial killer in the weekend box-office topper “Fatal Intuition.” [CGV ARTHOUSE]

Local thrillers reigned supreme over the weekend in the Korean box office.

Newbie director Yoon Joon-hyung’s low-budget flick “Fatal Intuition” debuted in first place, selling 456,209 tickets during the weekend and making 3.7 billion won ($3.3 million).

Distributed by CGV Arthouse, the experimental flick merges the thriller and horror genres by implementing elements of Oriental shamanism. The main plot follows the tracking of a serial killer with the help of a mysterious girl (Lee Yoo-young) who sees premonitions of the next target.

Up-and-coming actor Joo Won plays the male lead, who loses his beloved little sister to an unknown murderer who resides in the same small seaside town. Veteran actor Yoo Hae-jin plays his counterpart and the prime suspect.

In second place was Son Hyun-joo’s fantasy thriller “The Phone,” which sold 355,153 tickets. Since its opening on Oct. 22, the film has been seen by 1.4 million moviegoers, taking in 10.7 billion won.

The Sony Pictures drama “The Walk,” directed by Robert Zemeckis, debuted in a moderate fifth place in Korea with 120,044 ticket admissions, which roughly translates to 1.2 billion won.

It centers on a high-wire artist named Philippe Petit and his crew’s reckless - not to mention illegal - attempt to cross the span between the two World Trade Center towers in New York on a tightrope. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role.

The Korean-made omnibus romance “Summer Snow,” featuring a slew of actors such as Ji Jin-hee, Kim Sung-kyun and Sung Yu-ri, opened in eighth place, attracting 18,866 cinemagoers.

The tearjerker film by prolific director Jeon Yun-su, who was behind “Portrait of a Beauty” (2008) and “My Girl and I” (2005), revolves around three couples, all of whom ponder the definition of love in their own way.

1 Fatal Intuition
2 The Phone
3 The Martian

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]
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