Jo In Sung, Kim Yoon Seok, Heo Jun Ho, Koo Kyu Hwan and Cast of Hit Movie Escape From Mogadishu Celebrate Breaking 3 Million Tickets Sold

The year long delay was no deterrent for potboiler political action flick Escape From Mogadishu, the Korean movie this weekend became the biggest box office hit in South Korea this year 2021. It overtook Black Widow and now has 3 million tickets sold. South Korea like around the world remains under COVID-19 restrictions still and this summer the Seoul region actually entered the strictest regulations yet again. So that makes Escape’s box office haul quite impressive and during a normal era this would easily have doubled the tickets sold. The reviews are solid and it has four incredibly talented acting leads with veterans Kim Yoon Seok and Heo Jun Ho playing dueling South Korean and North Korean Ambassador to Somalia, with Jo In Sung and Koo Kyu Hwan as their right hand man/intelligence officer. It’s based on a true story when the Koreas sent ambassadors to African countries to court their vote in the UN and the ambassadors to Somalia and their entourage got stuck in the Somali civil war and needed to find a way out. The collaborating together is a hallmark of South Korean movies but the usual difference in culture and politics to add the conflict.

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Twenty More Actors/Actresses Join the KOFIC Korean Actors 200 List in Second Release

The KOFIC assembled Korean Actors 200 list (consisting of both actors and actresses) is already fodder for discussion with fans wondering why their faves may or may not have been included. This is definitely a movie (Chungmuro) driven list so … Continue reading

Ha Jung Woo Leads the Korean Male Fans Pick of Their Top 20 Manliest K-actors

I’m always entertained by lists and polls, offering a snapshot of the general reaction to the topic at hand without needing to take it seriously. The latest list is interesting in how many selections elicited approving nods from me. tvN … Continue reading

Movieweek Magazine Publishes Actor and Actress Cover for its 500th Edition

It’s the 500th Edition of Korea’s Movieweek magazine, which coincides with the periodicalĀ hitting it’s 10th anniversary of publication. To commemorate this occasion, Movieweek has two special rotating covers, one featuring “the actresses” and the other naturally featuring the “actors”. It’s … Continue reading

Movieweek Selects Top 15 Box Office Draws Among Korea Actors

The Korean acting industry is much like Hollywood in that its biggest movie stars rarely return to the small screen once they have transitioned successfully to a movie career. Viewers watching Korean dramas may think certain actors or actresses must … Continue reading