Oct 11, 2006

The Korean film "April Snow" starring Japan’s favorite son-in-law Bae Yong-joon has been successfully re-released in Japan.

The Japanese sports daily Nikkan Sports reported that the film had drawn quite a number of viewers with a director’s cut re-release in Tokyo and Osaka on Sept. 9 and will be shown again in Nagoya on Oct. 21 and in Hukuoka on Oct. 28. The director’s cut is an uncut edition with an additional running time of 30 minutes.

The re-release of the film demonstrates the popularity Bae is constantly enjoying in Japan. When ticket booking for the show started in July in Tokyo and Osaka, 5,800 and 3,200 tickets were sold for Tokyo and Osaka, respectively, on the very first day. In addition, admission tickets were distributed two days in advance to avoid congestion, and those who reserved tickets stayed up all night in front of the theaters to secure good seats.

"April Snow" earned some 2.75 billion yen (22.5 billion won) at the Japanese box office when it was released in Japan last year.

Source: KBS Global