Extra! Korea

March 21, 2010

Movie about No Gun Ri fails to impress at premiere

Filed under: movies — extrakorea @ 1:14 pm

Remember that movie about No Gun Ri that’s coming out, the one with the poster that I took issue with? Well, this past Thursday, it had its premiere at a theater filled with journalists, critics, and photographers, and it failed to impress them.

Prior to its completion, the production had been widely publicized as a project that was described as a labor of love from everyone involved with most of the headlining actors forgoing pay to off-set the lack of funding it received.

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But for a film that took so much time, effort, and passion from its cast and crew, it got a lukewarm response from the local press and movie critics.

The post-screening Q&A session with the cast and director was an awkward affair. Reporters who were clearly unimpressed with the film were reluctant to ask critical questions out of respect for the subject matter.

Executive Producer Lee Woo-jung who championed the project from day 1 looked as though he had already lost confidence in the box office potential of the film.

Actually, it was not the first time that the film had been screened … or had had a lackluster response.

Last year, the long delayed film premiered in competition at the Pusan International Film Festival but failed to gain much buzz.

Speaking of which, why is the film being released now, since, according to some, it was completed almost four years ago? As ROK Drop points out, the timing is very suspicious, since it just happens to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

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  1. […] The post-screening Q&A session with the cast and director was an awkward affair. Reporters who were clearly unimpressed with the film were reluctant to ask critical questions out of respect for the subject matter.  [The Korea Herald via Extra Korea!] […]

    Pingback by No Gun Ri Movie “A Little Pond” Receives Poor Reception At Media Screening | ROK Drop — March 24, 2010 @ 11:05 pm


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