Okja Fares Well In Theaters Despite Chain Boycott

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'Okja' Fares Well in Theaters Despite Chain Boycott
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'Okja' Fares Well in Theaters Despite Chain Boycott

Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" has been enjoying steady success despite a boycott by major chains of the Netflix-produced film.

The family-friendly CGI extravaganza is going strong even in its fifth week, and has attracted over 300,000 viewers.

"Okja" was released simultaneously on June 29 on Netflix and independent cinemas across the country. It got off to a rocky start due to hostility from the multiplex chains, who wanted a head start on the online release. That meant it was only screened in 1.9 percent of cinemas nationwide on the day of its release.

Korea's Biggest Theater Chain Boycotts Netflix's 'Okja'
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Korea's Biggest Theater Chain Boycotts Netflix's 'Okja'

Movie theater chain CGV on Tuesday decided to deny screen space to "Okja", which is directed by Bong Joon-ho and produced by Netflix.

CGV on Friday said Netflix's insistence on releasing the co-production simultaneously both in theaters and online "will disturb the entire distribution system in Korea". The theater chain had threatened to boycott the film unless it could get a theatrical release first.

CGV, which owns 39 percent of all movie theaters in Korea, will also show no trailer for the film, whose star-studded cast includes Hollywood A-listers Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal alongside Korean actress Ahn Seo-hyun. The theater chain said trailers for a movie not being shown on its screens could "confuse" viewers.

Netflixs Korean Film Okja receives four-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival
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Netflixs Korean Film Okja receives four-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival

Netflixs first Korean original film Okja was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and received a standing ovation despite technical difficulties.

The bilingual Korean film Okja is a comedy that sheds light on GMO products and the ethics involving GMO foods, and stars globally recognized actors such as Tilda Swanton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steven Yeun, and Korean child actor Ahn Seo Hyun.

The film, directed by Snowpiercers Bong Joon Ho, was shown at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and received a four-minute standing ovation, despite the controversies that arose regarding Bong Joon Hos decision in working with Netflix.

Moon Hee Jun responds to fan boycott
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Moon Hee Jun responds to fan boycott

Moon Hee Jun has responded to a boycott from his fans.

SEE ALSO: Moon Hee Jun's fans turn their backs on him after controversies around his marriage

Fans cited his problematic statements about his marriage, concert, and a possibleH.O.Treunion for their reasons to no longer support the star. On May 24, Moon Hee Jun posted an official response on his social media, saying, "With this continuing situation, I've spent a lot of time thinking, and I'm leaving this message with a heavy heart."

Moon Hee Jun Apologizes After Fans Decided To Boycott All His Activities
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Moon Hee Jun Apologizes After Fans Decided To Boycott All His Activities

Moon Hee Jun apologized after being criticized by his own fans for lying and disrespecting his fans multiple times.

H.O.Ts Moon Hee Jun debuted in 1996 but his popularity didnt die down and had a steady number of loyal fans even to this day. However, this all changed when Moon Hee Juns fans collectively decided to boycott him and his activities for his continued disrespect.

Moon Hee Juns fans had enough and couldnt turn a blind eye towards his actions ranging from his rude behavior, lying, and even evading taxes according to his fans.