Box Office: Helter Skelter, Welcome to the Punch, A Song for You

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Apr 26, 2013 - 20:31
  • Updated : Apr 26, 2013 - 20:31
Helter Skelter

Opening May 2

Drama. Thriller. Directed by Ninagawa Mika.

The story is based on Kyoko Okazaki’s comic book “Helter Skelter,” published in 2003. Top star Ririko (Erika Sawajiri) has had so many plastic surgeries that every part of her body has been touched up except her eyeballs and nails. As she grows more popular, she becomes more obsessed with her beauty. Ririko becomes the icon of beauty but her reign does not last forever. As the new super rookie gets popular, she becomes preoccupied by the thought that people will turn their backs on her and dislike her. Meanwhile, her skin deteriorates and mysterious dark spots appear on her body. Yet, her desire for beauty does not stop.

Welcome to the Punch

Opened April 18

Action. Directed by Eran Creevy.

Some years ago detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) failed to arrest the top criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong). Instead, Lewinsky received a bullet wound which still tortures him with the pain. The ex-criminal Sternwood is forced to return to the world of crime when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong and Lewinsky gets one last chance to catch Sternwood. As they chase down and fight each other, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive.

A Song for You

Opened April 18

Comedy. Drama. Musical. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams.
Shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) gets dragged into an unconventional local choir by his cancer patient wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). Marion is eager to perform at a choir competition but she dies before the contest, asking her husband and friends to perform for her. After Marion’s death, Arthur is lost in grief but the charismatic choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) persuades him that he can learn to embrace life. The grumpy old man embarks on a new life journey to honor his recently deceased wife’s passion for performing.


Opened April 11

Action. Sci-Fi. Directed by Joseph Kosinski.
Earth has been destroyed after 60 years of war with alien scavengers, the Scavs. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and Victoria Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) are soldiers stationed on Earth to repair automated drones that exterminate the remaining Scavs. During the mission, Jack meets a stranger, Julia (Olga Kurylenko), in a crashed spacecraft. However, the stranger knows about Jack. It brings into question everything he believed about the war. Jack realizes that the fate of mankind is in his hands. 

Fist of Legend

Opened April 10

Drama. Action. Directed by Kang Woo-seok.
The movie is based on the popular webtoon of the same title by Lee Jong-gyu and Lee Yoon-gyun. Owner of a small noodle shop Im Deok-kyu (Hwang Jung-min), once an aspiring Olympic boxing champion, accepts an invitation to join a survival tournament TV show, “Fist of Legend.” In the final round, Deok-kyu encounters Lee Sang-hoon (Yoo Jun-sang), a salaryman who used to rule Sadang High School, and “South Seoul High School’s mad dog” Shin Jae-seok (Yoon Je-moon), now a good-for-nothing man. As their story is revealed, the show gets more intense. A group of middle-aged men who used to be called “legends” during their high school days fight for a prize of 20 million won, but who knows which one will become “the legend“?