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[Zenith News=Byeon Jinhee] Director Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' which won the Grand Palme d'Or at the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival, opened in France on June 5th (based on local time in France) and drew 259,737 viewers, recorded the highest score ever for a Korean film to be released in France.
The Movie 'Parasite' is a story about the meeting between the two families which began when the eldest son, Gi-woo of Gi-taek's all unemployed family steps in Mr. Park's house for a high-priced private lesson and ends up in a rampant case. 'Parasite', the first Korean film which won the Palme d'Or at the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival, opened in France on the 5th (local time) and recorded the highest opening score among all Korean films released in France.
Released in France on the 5th, 'Parasite' has attracted 259,737 local viewers for five days by the 9th. The number exceeded 235,371, which was the opening-weekly score of 'Snowpiercer', the highest-scoring Korean film ever released in France.
'Parasite' also had a stunning record of ranking second at the French box office after ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’, which was released on the same day. ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ drew 498,000 viewers in the same period. 'Parasite' will be expanded to more than 300 theaters, thanks to the enthusiastic response from local audiences.
'Snowpiercer', the highest score ever for a Korean film released in France, drew about 680,000 viewers in the final, while second-place 'Chi-hwa-seon', third-place 'The Handmaiden' and fourth-place ‘Train to Busan’, drew about 270,000 viewers. 'Parasite' achieved the final score of 'Chi-hwa-seon' and 'The Handmaiden’ even a week before its release,
‘Parasite’ is meaningful in the way that it’s making a box-office record with director Bon Joon-ho’s original script whose story is unfolded in Korea and with the passionate acting of Korean actors’ not only in Korea but also in France. This is in contrast to 'Snowpiercer', which featured Hollywood actors based on French cartoons familiar to French audiences. Fresh developments, unpredictable fun, and the actors' stunning ensemble, as well as the universal and in-depth message thrown by director Bong Joon-ho, have captivated audiences around the world beyond home.
“'Parasite' has a record number of viewers in the first week compared to the previous Korean films that were successful in France, and a series of favorable reviews from local media and audiences, so we will be able to expect the final result to be higher than 'Snowpiercer'” said Ko Kyung-beom, head of CJ ENM's foreign business division.
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