Popular South Korean actor Gong Yoo is getting his own theatre house in Hong Kong.
Korean cinema company CGV is opening its newest location in Hong Kong at D2 Place Phase II in Lai Chi Kok this month – and it is dedicating one of its houses to Gong Yoo.
“I am so honoured to have my name on one of the cinema [houses],” said Gong Yoo in a press release. “I hope that all of you can enjoy watching movies in comfort and joy in this house.”
The new CGV cinemas will be home to four houses, each with an individual theme, and will house a total of 500 people.
The Gong Yoo House aims to celebrate the actor, who has played a key role in promoting Korean movies on a global scale. Multimedia content related to Gong Yoo will be on display, while parts of the profits from ticket sales for movies screening in the Gong Yoo House will go towards Hong Kong’s film industry.
The cast and director of movie “Train to Busan” will walk the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival this year. Lead actors of the movie, Gong Yoo,Jung Yoo Mi, and child actress Kim Soo Ahn, and director Yeon Sang Ho have been invited to the festival’s Midnight Screening, and will attend the world premier and red carpet events taking place from May 11 to May 22. Director Yeon Sang Ho previously attended the 65th Cannes Film Festival for his animation film “The King of Pigs.” After gaining recognition for his talented story telling and visuals through the film, Yeon Sang Ho has been invited to the festival for a second year in a row for his first live-action movie “Train to Busan.” Yeon is the first filmmaker in Korean film history to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival for films in both animation and live-action categories. The performances of veteran actors Gong Yoo and Jung Yoo Mi alongside Yeon’s direction produced an incredible work worthy of anticipation. The plot for “Train to Busan” revolves around passengers who are desperately struggling to survive on a KTX train racing towards Busan when a disaster hits Korea. The film is set to premiere this summer. Given the film’s achievements and recognition before its release, “Train to Busan” is certain to be a summer blockbuster you can’t miss! #traintobusan
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Gong Yoo is best known for his roles in blockbusters, including Train to Busan, as well as massively popular Korean dramas such as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (also known as Goblin).
Another highlight of the CGV cinema includes a ScreenX House, featuring 270-degree panoramic film projection technology. The curved screen, which stretches out along the surrounding walls, is meant to bring about a more immersive movie experience.
As of August 2018, CGV operates 3,512 screens in 472 locations across seven countries. Some of its overseas locations include China, Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and the US.