Article: "Star Wars fails to outsell The Himalayas in Korea"... unexpected report by American media
Source: News 1 via Nate
1. [+918, -44] Star Wars was never popular in Korea... and maybe people just don't like it? Just because the entire world does doesn't mean we have to too.
2. [+688, -36] There are way too many movies in the series and it just feels like if you haven't watched the previous ones, you won't understand what's going on in the recent one so you just avoid it. And SF genres are usually stereotyped as a minor/mania genre and doesn't seem that fun for the rest of us. I bet people barely only know Yoda out of the series, the rest are foreign to us ㅠㅠㅠ
3. [+635, -69] CJ has taken over the movie theaters, it'd be weird if Star Wars broke any records here
4. [+33, -4] Star Wars just isn't something Koreans enjoy. It's like how Interstellar was a flop in America but did very well in Korea. Different tastes.
5. [+14, -1] Koreans don't care for the movie, what do they expect us to do about it. There are opposite cases like Taken 1 which was a flop all over the world doing so well in Korea.
Article: 'The Himalayas' blocks 'Star Wars' take over of the world
Source: OSEN via Naver
1. [+1,375, -81] Compared to other countries, Star Wars is definitely not that popular in Korea
2. [+1,449, -188] I wouldn't credit The Himalayas success to it being a good movie or whatever. We're talking about CJ, a company that produces their own movies and owns their own movie theaters. Of course they're going to open more theaters and seats for The Himalayas than some other movie they didn't produce. It was guaranteed success from the start.
3. [+787, -62] The distributor for this movie is CJ and CJ has taken over the movie theaters. Anyone who cares enough about the Star Wars to watch it would have to squeeze odd time out to find a theater to watch it. The system is so messed up.
4. [+263, -16] CJ got screwed over with how hard Dorihwaga flopped so they have to milk as much money out of The Himalayas as they can.
5. [+183, -8] I only saw two time slots for the Star Wars movie at my theater while The Himalayas was being shown every hour ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Article: Clear difference in reaction to 'Star Wars 7' between Korea and America
Source: Star News via Naver
1. [+2,374, -280] It's because of the CJ take over. You go to the theaters and you're bombarded with The Himalayas.
2. [+1,483, -43] In America, Star Wars isn't just a movie but a huge culture in and of itself. You can't compare how Koreans react to the movie versus how they do. It's like how Halloween is celebrated... I've been living in America for 10 years so when I see Koreans just try to mimic it by throwing a few parties, it looks awkward because we can't get it right. It's not our culture, after all.
3. [+1,096, -41] Americans are hugely interested in the Star Wars, even the White House is
4. [+183, -16] Korea was suffering in poverty when the Star Wars was first released ㅋㅋㅋ Koreans have no fond memories or nostalgia of the movie so of course we're not going to be that crazed for it
5. [+141, -3] Star Wars in America has become a movie where a grandpa can take his grandson to go and watch. It's a movie that connects generations for them.
6. [+146, -5] Koreans clearly have different movie tastes compared to Americans. Interstellar flopped there but did well in Korea.
7. [+144, -19] Star Wars is intimidating to Koreans because it's such a long and dense series that the plot isn't something we can pick up in the middle. It's also not a movie from our own generation or a culture that's deeply rooted like the Americans.