CATEGORIES Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Thrillers, Exhibition, Movie Marketing, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalAs a follow-up to the recent news that Korean filmmakers want local audiences to pay higher ticket prices, I took a look at what's currently playing in cinemas there. Of last weekend's box office top 10, three are from the US (I Am Legend, August Rush, Hairspray), one is from Japan (Kiki's Delivery Service), and one is multi-national (Lust, Caution), leaving five South Korean films to consider. Pretend language isn't a barrier and react on instinct. Would you pay more at a cinema to see these movies?
Sex is Zero II (pictured). Sequel to popular, crude teen comedy. I thought the original -- a sideways Korean take on American Pie -- was boisterously funny. Still, this is a sequel that looks intriguing but not compelling. Answering my own question: No.
Venus and Mars. Romantic comedy. Far from my favorite genre, which disinclines me to start with. If I was seriously dating someone who wanted to see it, I'd pay without (public) complaint. Otherwise? No.
Seven Days. Suspense thriller. Lost's Yunjin Kim stars as a lawyer who must free a convicted killer or her daughter will be killed. Even though remake plans have been announced, I'd love to see the original. Yes, I'd pay more.
Le Grand Chef. Kitchen flick centering on "a cooking contest between rival chef families both related to former royal chefs." The biggest hit in the latter part of the year; they must have done something right. Yes, please.
My 11th Mother. Heartwarming, realistic family drama. Appropriate for the season, but not my cup of tea. No.
If none of these titles tickle your fancy, never fear: South Korea's first disaster film is in the development stage. Reportedly, "the disaster will center on a tsunami that hits Korea's most popular resort, Haeundae Beach, in the southern port city of Busan. The beach is home to Korea's world-famous Pusan International Film Festival, adding an extra dimension of thrill to the scenario." Oh boy, I'd pay more to see that!