In yesterday’s Daily we highlighted the rivalry between fellow South Korean motion-seat vendors CJ 4DPLEX (4DX) and ACOUVUE Inc. (Cine-Sation). Today we bring you a potentially greater rivalry, with NORTH Korea getting in on the motion-seat market as well. Yes, this is not an April Fool’s joke; the film loving Kim Jong-un is a film fan and a strong proponent of the next evolutionary step in the development of cinema.
North Korean state media have released an in-depth promotional video highlighting visitor experiences at the recently opened Runga 4D Simulation Cinema.
The video – which shows visitors being vigorously thrown around as they watch computer generated shark attacks, military battles and dinosaur scenes – was published last Thursday by Voice of Korea, a foreign-facing international short-wave broadcasting service.
Here is the video.
The Voice of Korea video said that the 4D cinema became popular with locals after Kim’s visit, when he watched “Winner”, a race car-themed film, and “Don’t Wait For Us”, a 1985 war film portraying North Korean Air Force pilots’ lives.
State media outlet The Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said that Kim asked about the quality, sound effects and 4D element of the films. KCNA added that the North Korean leader also suggested that additional 4D theatres be built in each of North Korea’s provincial capitals.
This is an area where we hope for a friendly rivalry between the two Koreas and perhaps even an exchange of 4D films to be played. LINK
USA (KA) – It seems the Dealflicks is expanding slowly but surely. This one in Kansas City. [Insert optional cine-literate Wizard of Oz joke here.]
Dealflicks.com, which partners with movie theaters to help them fill empty seats, said it has begun offering deals for Screenland Crown Center and Screenland Armour, plus B&B Theaters in Grain Valley, Liberty and Blue Springs.
The company, which was launched in 2012, said it has agreements with 280 theaters nationwide and would like to add more in the Kansas City area. Dealflicks says it offers savings of up to 65 percent off original prices and adds no fees to the listed price.
Current deals for Kansas City area theaters show savings up to 50 percent, although many of them were for bundles that include a ticket, popcorn and a soft drink. In addition, the deals can be limited to available seats. LINK