Box Office: White House Down, World War Z, Man of Steel

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Jun 14, 2013 - 19:41
  • Updated : Jun 14, 2013 - 19:41
White House Down

Opening on June 27

Action. Drama. Directed by Roland Emmerich

Capitol policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied by the Secret Service a job protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Although he was rejected, he takes his young daughter on a tour of the White House to avoid disappointing her. Then the place gets attacked by a heavily armed paramilitary group and Cale faces a situation where he needs to save the president, his daughter and the nation at the same time. 

World War Z

Opening June 20

Drama. Thriller. Sci-fi. Action. Horror. Directed by Marc Forster.

In this apocalyptic horror film based on the million-selling novel of the same title published in 2007 by Max Brooks, former United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) travels the world in an attempt to find a way to stop the zombie pandemic that is defeating the armies, collapsing governments, and threatening to decimate the human race.

Man of Steel

Opening June 13

Sci-fi. Action. Adventure. Directed by Zack Snyder.

As the newest addition to the “Superman” film series, the film portrays the character‘s origin. Young journalist Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman (Henry Cavill) was adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner, Diane Lane) when he was young. Although he had caring and loving parents, he always felt isolated due to his extraordinary powers, and journeys to discover where he came from. When the world is invaded by members of his race and he is forced to confront his secret heritage, he becomes the hero named Superman protecting the Earth and its people. 

Mai Ratima

Opened June 6

Drama. Romance. Directed by Yoo Ji-tae.

Actor-director Yoo Ji-tae’s first feature film portrays a love affair between a Korean man and a young mail-order bride from Thailand. To support her family in Thailand, Mai Ratima (Park Ji-soo) decides to marry mentally challenged Korean Sang-pil (Lee Jun-hyuk). She gets stuck in the slum of Pohang with her mother-in-law and a brother-in-law who sexually harasses her. Things get worse when her visa renewal comes up, but she narrowly escapes deportation with Soo-young (Bae Soo-bin)’s help. Soo-young is a social outcast living with no hope. They inevitably fall in love and move to Seoul, but their happiness seems very fragile as Soo-young already feels tired of living in Seoul.

Secretly Greatly

Opened June 5

Action. Comedy. Drama. Directed by Jang Cheol-soo.

In a film based on a popular webtoon with the same title published in 2010 by Hun, three handsome North Korean spies Won Ryu-hwan (Kim Soo-hyun), Rhee Hae-rang (Park Ki-woong) and Rhee Hae-jin (Lee Hyun-woo) from the elite special corps 5446 are ambitiously dispatched to South Korea. They disguise themselves as a fool, a rock star wannabe, and a high school student. While waiting for orders from the North, they gradually get used to living as ordinary citizens. One day, they receive a mission. After South Korea demands that Pyongyang turn in its top 30 secret agents in the South, the North commands them to kill themselves. Meanwhile, their army instructor Kim Tae-won (Son Hyun-ju) crosses the border to eliminate those who refuse to follow the order.