If there's one category of film that Korean cinemagoers loved in the late '90s and early 2000s, it's melodramas.
A number of well-made domestic films, such as "The Contact" (1997), "The Letter" (1997), "Christmas in August" (1998), "Ditto" (2000), "The Classic" (2003) and "A Moment To Remember" (2004), dominated the Korean film market at that time. This trend seemed to remain strong in the early 2010s with the release of two box office sensations -- "Architecture 101" (2012) and "A Werewolf Boy" (2012).
But that isn't the case in recent years, with many romance films failing to score big at the box office.Of the 50 most-watched Korean releases this year, only two were from the category
, according to data from the Korean Film Council, the official market tracker, on Nov. 30. They were "Because I Love You," a romantic comedy starring Cha Tae-hyun and Kim You-jung, and the romance film "Oneday" led by Kim Nam-gil and Chun Woo-hee. Not only were their box-office numbers small, but their performance was not that impressive: "Because of I Love You" was the 39th most-viewed film with 324,526 in attendance, while "Oneday" came in 44th with 234,829.( Read more...Collapse )Source: Yonhap News