Will Alien’s super luxurious cast lineup including Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Woo-bin, Kim Tae-ri, So Ji-sub be successful?

The movie “Alien” heralded its release this summer.

On May 3rd, CJ ENM released launching poster and trailer for the movie “Alien“. This movie depicts an extraordinary story that unfolds as the gates of time open between late Goryeo and the present in 2022, when aliens appear.

Alien” is the first movie in 7 years of director Choi Dong-hoon, who has been captivating viewers with solid storytelling, unique characters and excellent directing. It has attracted attention and raised curiosity by dividing one story into 2 sequential parts, from the planning and scenario stages to fresh casting combination (Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Woo-bin, Kim Tae-ri, So Ji-sub, Yum Jung-ah, Jo Woo-jin, Kim Eui-sung, Honey Lee, Shin Jung-geun, Lee Si-hoon).

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Earlier, there were several cases in which works that boasted a splendid lineup disappointed the audience.

A Year-End Medley” (directed by Kwak Jae-yong) featured actors from all generations including Han Ji-min, Lee Dong-wook, Kang Ha-neul, Yoona, Won Jin-ah, Kim Young-kwang, Seo Kang-joon, Lee Kwang-soo, Lee Hye-young and Jung Jin-young, but it was criticized for its common romance and cliche story. In the end, it attracted only 230,000 viewers.

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New Year Blues“, which was released in February last year, only mobilized 170,000 viewers despite the appearance of popular actors such as Kim Kang-woo, Yoo In-na, Yoo Yeon-seok, Lee Yeon-hee, Lee Dong-hwi, Yeom Hye-ran, Teo Yoo and Sooyoung.


Of course, there was the influence of COVID-19, but neither of these works exceeded the limits of omnibus films. A large number of popular actors appeared, but they failed to meet expectations.


Due to the abundance of content such as OTT and changes in the media environment, moviegoers’ criteria in choosing works have become more difficult than before. Even Choi Dong-hoon, one of the most consistently successful directors working in contemporary Korean cinema, may not win the hearts of the audience with only a “splendid cast lineup”. People are paying attention to how he will meet the expectations of the audience.

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