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  • MR. GO Steps up to the Plate
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jul 15, 2013
  • To Screen All Over Asia This Summer

     
    Showbox Entertainment’s summer tentpole Mr. Go, the 3D baseball-playing gorilla film, is set to open in Korea on July 17th. As previously reported, the film will also open in China the very next day on over 5,000 screens. The Chinese production company Huayi Brothers put up 25% of the film’s reported USD 25 million budget.
     
    Now it has been revealed that the film will open all over Asia throughout the summer. First, Singapore will get it the same time as China (July 18th). It will next travel to Malaysia and Thailand on August 1st before journeying to Indonesia on August 6th, Taiwan on August 9th, Hong Kong on August 15th and finally the Philippines on September 8th. While dates have yet to be fixed, India and various countries in the Middle East are preparing to release Mr. Go in September while a deal is expected to be clinched soon with Japan.
     
    The first Korean film to feature a fully realized 3D character, Mr. Go is the latest work from local hitmaker Kim Yong-hwa, whose previous features 200 Pounds Beauty and Take Off took the box office by storm in 2006 and 2009 respectively. The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is supporting the release of Mr. Go in China with promotional information through the Chinese social media hub Weibo.
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