Attack on the Pin-Up Boys

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Attack on the Pin-Up Boys
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Attack on the Pin-Up Boys poster
Directed by Lee Kwon
Written by Park Yeonseon
Starring Super Junior
Distributed by SM Pictures
Release dates
  • 26 July 2007 (2007-07-26)
Running time 81 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget ₩850 million

Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, also known as Flower Boys' Series of Terror Events or simply Flower Boys (Hangul: 꽃미남 연쇄 테러사건), is a 2007 South Korean high school mystery/comedy film and is the first film produced by SM Pictures, a subsidiary of SM Entertainment. The film stars every member of Super Junior, except Kyuhyun due to the car accident on 19 April 2007.[1]

A soundtrack was released along with the film's premiere on 26 July 2007.

Summary[edit]

After the unusual February 14 attack (tossing of a bag of feces) on a school flower boy (meaning heartthrob or pretty boy), Sungmin, the same form of attack begins happening at different high schools on the 14th day of every month. Rumors say that the next victims will be at Neulparan High School. The studious student Kibum decides to investigate the matter, covering the attacks on his blog, which causes them to become a hot topic within the student body. After several attacks, Kibum predicts that the next victim will be either Siwon, president of the student body; Heechul, president of the dance club; or Kangin, the captain of the Judo Team.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Stars (Super Junior):

  • Kibum, the narrator and "detective boy"
  • Siwon, the student body president
  • Heechul, the Ultra Junior president
  • Kangin, the Judo Society captain
  • Sungmin, Flower Boy Victim #1, the popular pretty boy
  • Han Geng, Flower Boy Victim #2, the basketball player
  • Yesung, Flower Boy Victim #3, the rock star
  • Donghae, the Ultra Junior member and Kibum's best friend
  • Eunhyuk, the Judo Society member
  • Shindong, the Ultra Junior member
  • Ryeowook, the student body vice president / School Panda mascot (uncredited)
  • Leeteuk, School Panda mascot (ending credits)

Cameos

  • Henry Lau of Super Junior-M - sleepy boy, background dancer during "Wonder Boy"
  • Key of SHINee - background dancer during "Wonder Boy"
  • Suho of EXO - Part of the Flower Boy Band
  • Yuri of Girls' Generation - One of the three ballerinas and the girl who joined Ultra Junior near the end of the movie. She was the one who Donghae spoke about to Kibum at the end of the movie, talking about her wave dance.

Notes

  • Kyuhyun, didn't take part in the filming as he was in recovery from the car accident on 19 April 2007.

Box office and reviews[edit]

Cheekily poking fun at idol culture and Super Junior's own flower boy image, the film did better than expected in box office sales on its premiere week. In reference to online ticket sales, the company was expecting a 22% range, but the sales made past 41.19%.[3] The film also gained positive reviews from critics, pointing out that the movie was more plot-oriented instead of star-oriented. Unlike past movies that tout its pretty boy casting, the film kept all the viewers until the end with a fascinating mystery.

Despite unexpected success in the box office of the film's premiere week, the film has failed to attract no more than an audience of 102,600 viewers.[4] Because this is SM Picture's first production, the company is still making an effort to promote the film and to succeed in breaking through the film industry.[5] The company will be attending the 12th Busan International Film Festival on 4 October 2007, and will also organize an opening ceremony, "SM Night." Previously, only SidusHQ and Namooactors, two of South Korea's top film producers, has contributed in the festival's opening ceremony.[4]

Throughout the remaining of the year, the film failed to attract more than 102,600 viewers and was proven to be a big loss for SM Pictures.[6] However, both versions of the film's DVD became a best-selling record and were sold-out in both Korea and oversea markets, which is more than enough to make up for the production loss of 850,000,000 won.[6]

The film made its debut in the cinemas of China, Thailand, Vietnam, and other Asian countries.[7]

Awards[edit]

Korean Movie Awards
Year Award Nominated work Result
2007
Best Production Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Nominated
Best Actor Kang-in (Attack on the Pin-Up Boys) Nominated
Best New Actor Kang-in (Attack on the Pin-Up Boys) Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Ryeowook (Attack on the Pin-Up Boys) Nominated
Best Action Performance Kangin (Attack on the Pin-Up Boys) Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Ryeowook (Attack on the Pin-Up Boys) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cathy Rose A. Garcia "Super Junior Hits Big Screen" Korea Times. 8 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-03
  2. ^ Lee, Nancy (14 November 2012). "Six Cheesy Idol Movies to Watch on Movie Day". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "주말 영화 기상도AM7오빠 부대의 힘? ‘꽃미남…’ 예매 1위" 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-0827 (Korean)
  4. ^ a b "SM Night at Busan Film Festival on 4 October" Sohu.com. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27 (Chinese)
  5. ^ "Pin-up Boys fails at box office SM enters film fextival" Xin Hua Net. 15 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27 (Chinese)
  6. ^ a b "DVD of Super Junior's film, Pin-Up Boys saves box office loss" Daum. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-15 (Korean)
  7. ^ "SJ film Attack on the Pin-Up Boys premieres in China" Sina.com. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27 (Chinese)

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