The Medium: Dominate the South Korean Box Office

When cinemas resumed operations by implementing strict health protocols, a number of new films from outside Indonesia emerged. One thing that should be anticipated is The Medium online, by the filmmaker Banjong Pisanthanakun.

This 130-minute horror film is ready to greet Indonesian film lovers starting Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The Medium is one of the most discussed films in South Korea this year.

Had topped the box office charts and received positive reviews, he is very likely to score success in Indonesia. Showbiz’s signature report summarizes 6 behind-the-scenes facts about The Medium.

1. From Northeast Thailand

The Medium tells the story of a documentary team that travels to northeastern Thailand, to document the life of Nim (Sawanee Utoomma), who is possessed by the spirit of Bayan. Bayan is an ancestral god who rules over a number of women in the Nim family.

Now he is “targeting” Nim’s sister, Noi (Sirani Yankittikan). Meanwhile, Noi only has one daughter, Ming (Narilya Gulmongkolpech) who doesn’t believe in shamanism. The situation gets even more chaotic when Ming behaves strangely, which tends to be extreme.

2. Filming in Islam

The Medium project was first announced to the public in February 2021 with the cast of Narilya Gulmongkolpech, Sawanee Utoomma, Sirani Yankittikan, and Yasaka Chaisorn.

The Export News page reports that this film is scheduled to be released in July 2021. According to the storyline, The Medium filming is located in Loei, Isan region, Thailand.

3. Win in Bucheon

This horror co-production with South Korea’s Showbox and Thailand’s GDH 559 premiered at the 25th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival on July 11, 2021.

The Medium was named Best Film at the 25th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and was a hit there. Three days after that, it aired commercially in South Korea.

4. Bulldoze Black Widow

Released on July 14, 2021, The Medium ruled 1403 screens. Data from the Korean Film Council (KoFiC) said, he collected 129,917 viewers on the first day of broadcast.

This achievement put him at the top of the Ginseng Country box office, beating Black Widow. Four days of broadcast, The Medium is still the best-selling with 403 thousand viewers.

5. The 6th Best Seller of the Year

According to data from the Korean Film Council, The Medium is ranked 15th in the list of South Korea’s highest-grossing films so far this year with revenues of 7.35 million US dollars.

With that much coffers, The Medium became the sixth highest-grossing Korean film. As for the horror genre, he was named the best-selling so far this year.

6. Flood of Praise

The Medium was flooded with praise from journalists and critics. Jo Yeon-kyung from JTBC Entertainment News gave 4 out of 5 stars calling it a solid narrative. The unique Thai culture gives a new feel to the comedy genre.

Seo Jeong-won who wrote for Mail Business appreciated Nailya Gunmong Konket’s performance. He said that those who were not mentally prepared to watch The Medium could be shocked or traumatized. Wow, so curious to watch, right?

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