‘Dongju’ to open in five US cities this week

March 28, 2016
A scene from the Korean film, "Dongju: The Portrait of A Poet." (Yonhap)

A scene from the Korean film, “Dongju: The Portrait of A Poet.” (Yonhap)

(Yonhap) — A film on the real-life story of the renowned Korean poet Yoon Dong-ju and his lesser-known cousin and Korean independence activist Song Mong-gyu will open in five American cities this week, the film’s local distributor said Monday.

Set in South Korea under Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule, “Dongju: The Portrait of A Poet” will be out in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Dallas on Friday, “megabox. plusm” said in a release.

Directed by Lee Joon-ik of “The Throne” (2014) and “King and the Clown” (2005), the film has already met its break-even point to fully cover the production cost of around 500 million won (US$405,613), with accumulated viewers reaching 1.13 million until Sunday.

A version with English subtitles has also been on show in local theaters since Thursday with the arrival of a flurry of requests from foreign residents in South Korea, according to the company.