Thriller Remake Has Chinese Box Office Buzzing
In 2011, BLIND, a thriller about a missing persons case gone horribly wrong, won actress Kim Ha-Neul Best Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Four years later, BLIND has been remade into the Chinese production WITNESS, with original director Ahn Sang-Hoon back for another rodeo.
WITNESS’s outlook, from the outset, may have looked somewhat suspect. A remake less than half a decade later. With the beloved lead actress replaced in the role of protagonist Min Soo-ah (by Yang Mi). With the same director as round one. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?
But, as with any rollicking thriller, there was a third-act twist to this tale. WITNESS has electrified Chinese audiences to the tune of 19.1 million on its opening weekend, per Korean Film Biz Zone. That total kicked ANT-MAN, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe behemoth, off the top Chinese box-office spot for the weekend. WITNESS’s success reminds us that, even if all of the twisty turns, red herrings, and deceptive double-crossings, are four years old, there’ll always be audiences waiting to line up for a good ol’ suspense yarn to get the blood flowing.