Veteran Moves Past Avatar, Yoo Ah In & Ryu Seung Wan Share More Stories in Busan International Film Festival
Veteran keeps setting new records.
Ryoo Seung Wan’s Veteran climbed to third place in the all-time domestic and foreign box office hit list. The movie is now the third highest-grossing Korean film of all time having moved its total tally to 13.34 million ($89 million).
Over the last weekend, October 3 to 4, Veteran has attracted 13.34 million cinema-goers ($90.1M US Box Office), surpassing the 13.3 million set by the Hollywood blockbuster, James Cameron’s sci-fi epic Avatar. The top three spots are all now filled by Korean films released between summer of 2014 and summer of 2015.
Now Veteran is just behind Ode to My Father (14.26 million) and The Admiral: Roaring Currents (17.51 million). But Veteran was made with a modest budget of W6 billion (US$1=1,183).
In recent years there has been a significant rise of local productions that are reaching, and pushing past the 10 million admissions mark, and Veteran is the second movie to achieve it this year (the other being Choi Dong-ho’s The Assassination with 12.6 million admissions sold).
The expansion of Korean movie market is one factor, as over 200 million people go to cinemas each year, but changing consumption patterns are also a major point.
Kim Hyung Ho, a film market analyst, said, “Of course trends existed in the past, but with the development of social media it has spread massively both in range and intensity”.
Rather than a dramatic improvement in the level of movies, there is strong tendency to follow the mainstream. Films increasingly earn their reputation through words of mouth and the Internet, and more people go for tried and tested films.
Veteran also passes $1 Million in North America. The South Korean crime thriller starring Yoo Ah In and Hwang Jung Min, that debuted at Toronto International Film Festival, as of October 4th has grossed $1,048,332. This past weekend was the film’s third weekend in North American theaters.
Meanwhile, Yoo Ah In and Ryu Seung Wan were invited to Busan International Film Festival on Saturday, October 4, to discuss the film with a panel of audience.
Veteran is Director Ryu’s first movie that broke through 10 million ever. Veteran was invited to this year’s Busan International Film Festival in Korea Cinema Today Panorama Section, which took pace in CGV Centum City, Haeundae, Busan.
Yoo Ah In, who stars in Veteran and another recent hit The Throne, and is enjoying the prime time of his career, said that he knows that fame and glory are fickle and he wants his next project to be a very sensational melodrama. Whoa! Let’s check some of their stories they shared on this event.
To the question asking about what kind of actor he wanted to be, Yoo Ah In replied smilingly, “I want to be an actor who doesn’t get stuck in one particular genre or a wave of trend.”
In Veteran, Yoo Ah In played the role of a young wicked plutocrat. He successfully delivered Jo Tae Oh’s character by inhabiting his role completely.
Yoo Ah In said, “I want to stand out, I want to be different. If an actor posses a unique color and an aura of his own, he will be irreplaceable. I have a lot of things to show through acting.”
He went on, “Many actors only act in one genre, so it makes them seem to have only one typical image. To me, whether it’s a lumpy or smugly, whether it’s an ugly or pretty character, it doesn’t matter, as long as it gives another interesting one. I want to make people feel excited about it.”
He described himself as “an actor who is so blessed”, “I’m blessed because I have acted various type of roles.”
Meanwhile, Ryu Seung Wan shared his first 10 million film experience. “This is the first time I’ve seen so many female fans at my movie. This is all thanks to Yoo Ah In next to me. I don’t think any other actor would make this film surpassed 10 million. I liked working with Yoo Ah In. Those of you who are not satisfied with Jo Tae Oh’s ending should watch The Throne, because you can watch him die trapped in a rice box”. This caused laugh to audience 😀
Yoo Ah In said, “Really funny, man. So that’s what make the movie (The Throne) went well.” 😀
Ryu also talked about the action story. “This is the first time we used mixed martial arts in our movie. Yoo Ah In’s action scene was very very harsh and exhausting. We shot the scene for ten days and he was abused physically throughout the days.”
Ryu added, “His high intensity action scenes has caused ligament rupture on his shoulder. It was very painful to even stretch an arm, but he kept hiding his injury till we finished shooting. For that, I would like to say thank you Yoo Ah In.”
Ryu Seung Wan also said that Hwang Jung Min was worried about Yoo Ah In’s condition. “Hwang Jung Min told me, ‘Is Yoo Ah In alright? It must be really tough for him’. Yoo Ah In looked really strong. There was a look of real Jo Tae Oh in him.”
Yoo Ah In explained Jo Tae Oh’s character a bit, in particular on the scene where he gave the little boy and his dog a macaroon. “He did it nonchalantly. He wanted to look grande in front of all people so he didn’t ignore the boy”. He added, “Jo Tae Oh is not a smart kid and his attitude is so ugly. I think he is the opposite of the ‘pretty boy’ type.”
Ryu admitted that, however, he used the phrase “pretty” to describe Jo Tae Oh’s physical character on the script. “This is the first time I felt a very strange feeling to explain the youthfulness of this character with that phrase [in contrast to his ugly attitude]. It’s very common here that people want to see tough guy but say ‘make him pretty’. So I thought a lot on how to create a ‘pretty’ Jo Tae Oh to meet people’s expectation.” And Yoo Ah In delivered this character so well.
Lastly, when asked about the trick and to give advice for young people who want to run an enterprise like him (Studio Concrete), Yoo Ah In replied, “Rather than tipping off some tricks, I would like to say that it all came from the feeling of sympathy towards friends who struggled in a contemporary business in Korea. Due to the conservative nature, they were cramped tightly at work and seemed to be blocked. So I felt that I could help making a change.”
That’s what makes a lot of people admire Yoo more! 🙂 Now here are some photos from the event (don’t mind the outfit, okies 😀 )