Will cinemas be able to regain pre-pandemic peak season this summer with four blockbuster movies?

연합뉴스 / 2022-06-24 17:10:03
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▲ This photo, provided by CJ ENM, shows the poster for "Alienoid." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Lotte Entertainment, shows the poster for "Hansan: Emergence of the Dragon." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Show Box, shows a scene from "Emergency Declaration." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Megabox Plus M, shows the movie "Hunt." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Walt Disney Company korea, shows the poster for "Thor: Love and Thunder." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap) -- As the release date of the movie “Hansan: Emergence of the Dragon” has been decided to be July 27, the lineup of anticipated Korean films this summer has been revealed.

The domestic productions to be released in July and August, the peak season for theaters, include the first part of “ALIENOID,” “Hansan,” “Emergency Declaration” and “Hunt”. Although “Emergency Declaration” is the only one out of the four films that hasn’t confirmed a release date, there are some saying that August 3 is the most likely.

As much as blockbuster films whose release has been delayed during the pandemic are scheduled to visit the audience weekly from the end of July till the beginning of August, expectations on whether the cinemas will be able to regain their pre-pandemic peak season this summer are rising.

Firstly, “ALIENOID” which will be released on July 20, marks the beginning of the competition this summer. This movie, is a movie directed by director Choi Dong-hoon, who directed the hit movies “The Thieves” (2012) and “Assassination” (2015), in 7 years.

“ALIENOID” depicts the fantasy unfolding between the Goryeo Dynasty and present-day Korea. With a door that connects different time and space, a group of Taoist magicians search for a legendary divine sword, while aliens appear in present-day Korea to chase after an alien prisoner confined in a human body. Stars including Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin, Ryu Jun-yeol and So Ji-sub, Yeom Jung-ah, Jo Woo-jin, Kim Ui-seong and Lee Ha-nee participated in the movie.

"Hansan," which is scheduled to be released on the 27th of the same month, depicts the Battle of Hansando in 1592, when the Joseon naval forces led by Yi Sun-sin fought against the Japanese.

It is a sequel to “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” (2014), which has been at the top of the box office for eight years gathering 17.61 million viewers. Attention is paid to how the turtle ship, which was used as an assault ship in the battle, will be portrayed on screen.

Followed by Choi Min-sik in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” Park Hae-il takes on the role of Yi Sun-sin, along with Byun Yo-han, Ahn Sung-ki ,Son Hyun-joo, Ok Taecyeon, Gong Myung and Park Ji-hwan.

“Emergency Declaration” starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, and Jeon Do-yeon is likely to be released in early August. Considering the release schedules of the competing films, it seems most likely to be released on August 3rd, between “Hansan” (July 27) and “Hunt” (August 10).

“Emergency Declaration” is a story that takes place when a flight from Korea to Hawaii receives a warning of terrorism. Director Han Jae-rim of “The Show Must Go On” (2006), “The Face Reader” (2013), and “The King” (2017) grabbed the megaphone.

As it is a disaster movie boasting a gorgeous cast, it is of interest to see if it will become a hot topic following 'Train to Busan' (2016) and “Tidal Wave” (2009).

Actor Lee Jung-jae's first directorial work, “Hunt” will be released on August 10. “Hunt,” which was first screened in May at Festival de Cannes during the midnight screening, tells the story of ace agents Park Pyeong-ho (Lee Jung-jae) and Kim Jeong-do (Jung Woo-sung) chasing a South Korean spy leader.

Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung, the representative “best friend” of the entertainment industry, are starring in the same movie after 23 years since the movie “City Of The Rising Sun” (1999). The two are expected to show off a different bromance by appearing as rivals who suspect each other as spies.

The Hollywood blockbuster “Thor: Love and Thunder” will also be visiting the audience on July 6. This movie, which is the first Marvel hero to release its 4th movie, tells the story of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the god of thunder, fighting the villain Gorr (Christian Bale) who wants to annihilate the gods. A lot of people has also been focusing on the love line that will unfold as he reunites with his ex-lover Jane (Natalie Portman).

Taika Waititi, the director of “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017), the highest-grossing film in the “Thor” series, directed the movie once again.


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