Can Lee Min Jung Lead a Box Office Hit?
“There are not enough actresses who can take on female leads.”
That was a major concern in the film industry of Korea this year. But three faces of Barunson Entertainment including Moon Chae Won (War of the Arrows), Son Ye Jin (Chilling Romance) and Lee Min Jung (Wonderful Radio) have recently been leading the film industry, drawing moviegoers to theaters during a time when few have the time or luxury to watch movies.
Earlier this year, there weren′t many actresses who led box office hits - only Han Ji Min, star of Detective K cut an appearance. On the other hand, male actors including Kim Myung Min (Detective K), Go Soo (The Front Line) and Yoon Kye Sang (Poongsan) were at the forefront of the industry.
But things turned around with the release of War of the Arrows in August. Moon Cha Won, who acted opposite Park Hae Il, helped lead her debut film reach no.1 at the box office, drawing around 7.79 million moviegoers (the Korean Film Council’s Compiled Ticket Computer Network).
And now the baton has been handed down to Son Ye Jin. Despite the slump in the romantic comedy genre, Son′s movie, Chilling Romance was a huge success, drawing more than 2.29 million moviegoers as of December 21.
Notably, both of the actresses are under contract with the same entertainment company (Barunson Entertainment). The two elicited a total of 9.84 million audience members, and the figure is expected to break the 10 million mark within this year.
In addition, another actress might herald another box office hit—Lee Min Jung of Wonderful Radio. A rep from the actress’ agency said, “Lee Min Jung is slightly conscious of the two actresses’ success. But that has been working positively. We have expectations for this movie as well.”
Wonderful Radio, which stars Lee Min Jung and Lee Jung Jin, is highly anticipated, thanks to the cast members and the heartwarming storyline, perfectly timed for release in the post-holiday season.
Will Lee Min Jung be able to add her name to the ranks of successful female leads? We′ll find out soon enough.
Photo credit: ‘War of the Arrows’, ‘Chilling Romance’, ‘Wonderful Radio’
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