The upcoming holiday season is expected to be as exciting as this summer with the arrival of new movies.
Three different movies – Road to Boston, Cobweb, and Dr. Cheon and Lost Talisman – will be released simultaneously on September 27th. A week later, romantic comedy movie 30 Days is set to make its domestic box office debut on October 3rd.
Road to Boston, starring Ha Jung Woo and Yim Si Wan, follows the heartwarming journey of Korean national marathoners as they eagerly compete in international competitions for the first time after the liberation of their country. This film was produced at a cost of 19 billion won ($14.4 million) and has the highest break-even point compared to other releases, requiring approximately 4.5 million viewers to cover its production expenses.
Cobweb follows a director who is obsessed with perfecting one of his old movies that was released in the 1970s when films were subjected to censorship. As he decides to re-film it to change the ending, he faces conflict with the cast and crew who don’t understand why the script has to be rewritten. The movie drew much attention for its star-studded cast, including Song Kang Ho, Oh Jung Se, Im Soo Jung, and Krystal.
Dr. Cheon and Lost Talisman tells the story of Doctor Cheon (Kang Dong Won), a phony exorcist with remarkable instincts. The enigmatic journey ensues as he is requested to unravel the case of a young girl tormented by potent demonic possession.
This summer’s box office did not perform very well, as only one Korean movie, Smugglers, broke even out of its six rivals. Consequently, it remains questionable whether the upcoming movies will bring more audiences to the theaters over the long holidays.