Seok Bok, Life is Beautiful, and now New Year Blues have postponed their release dates. There are no commercial Korean films left to be shown on screens for this year’s end. With the massive spread of COVID-19, theatres face their worst end of the year.
On the 18th of December, Acemaker Movieworks officially announced to postpone the release of New Year Blues, which was originally planned on the 30th. They added, “We postponed the release date to prevent further spread and consequential damages of the Coronavirus.”
Press conferences and interviews for the movie planned for the 22nd of this month have also been postponed along with the release.
Directed by Marriage Blue’s director Hong Ji Young, New Year Blues presents a week in which four couples full of hope and worries spend as they get over the hardships of life and hope to be happier in the new year. With casts such as Kim Kang Woo, Yoo In Na, Yoon Yeon Seok, Lee Yeon Hee, Yoo Teo, Choi Soo Young, Lee Dong Hwi, Chen Duling, and Yum Hye Ran, the movie gained a lot of expectations for its sweet romance and relatability.
As highly hoped Korean films are postponed one by one, the end of 2020 is expected to be empty of any new Korean films. As Disney’s Pixar also postponed their animation Soul to be released next year, theatres are to greet viewers only with Warner Bros.’ Wonderwoman 1984.