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South Korea: Reason Behind Movie ‘The Attorney's Box Office Smash

Written by Lee Yoo Eun On 28 December 2013 @ 20:20 pm | No Comments

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South Korean movie ‘The Attorney [1]’ which depicts the early life of ex-President Roh [2] who started as a civil rights lawyer resisting against dictatorial regimes, has drawn over 4 million admissions in just ten days of screening. Movie critics even comment [3] [ko] that its popularity in Korea is more explosive than that of Hollywood blockbuster ‘Avatar’ which made a huge hit in the country. Prominent culture critic Chin Jung-kwon (@unheim [4]) explains via Twitter that the current administration and its multiple political scandals [5] have ironically helped the movie by inspiring people to take interest in democratic values.

It is hard for this sort of film to make a big-time (commercial) success, but the government has paved the way for public’s explosive responses to it. While movie ‘May 18 [7]’ (which is about the 80s democratic movement) have failed to re-summon the old slogan of ‘Democracy’, this movie was able to gain success as the government taught people that you should not be treating that old value as outdated.


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[1] The Attorney: http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_The_Attorney.php

[2] ex-President Roh: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roh_Moo-hyun

[3] even comment: http://news.zum.com/articles/10759340?c=07

[4] @unheim: http://twitter.com/unheim

[5] its multiple political scandals: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/28/photos-100000-south-koreans-protest-election-scandal-labor-clampdown/

[6] December 23, 2013: https://twitter.com/unheim/statuses/415006109607268352

[7] May 18: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_18_(film)

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