'Old Partner' Sets New Indie Box-Office Record

      February 17, 2009 10:10

      As independent documentary "Old Partner," directed by Lee Chung-ryoul, makes a successful theater run, its production company plans to reward 80-year-old farmer Choi Won-kyun, who took a leading role in the film.

      Choi didn't seek any extra bonuses, but producer Studio Nurimbo has decided to give 10 percent of its profits to Choi as thank-you money.

      Choi Won-kyun in scene from "Old Partner"

      According to statistics released by the Korean Film Council on Monday, "Old Partner," released on Jan. 15, drew 717,885 viewers nationwide until last Sunday, a month after its release.

      The film has so far reaped some W4.83 billion in profit, some W2.4 billion of which went to the producer (US$1=W1,427). Given that no more than W200 million was spent on making the film, the profit is 12 times the investment.

      "Old Partner" is setting a record in the history of independent movies. Even President Lee Myung-bak visited a movie theater to see it.

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