Just as we completed our roundup of Hong Kong’s best cinemas, South Korea’s leading cinema operator CGV has just announced it intends to set up shop here in the 852. Part of the massive CJ Group conglomerate, CGV runs 455 locations across seven countries. Its first Hong Kong outpost is set to be a four-screen, 500 seat cinema in Lai Chi Kok’s D2 Place that will open in September.
The most interesting part of this gambit is the fact that CGV intends to name a screen after Korean heartthrob Gong Yoo, the star of TV drama Goblin and movie Train to Busan. Dubbed the first ‘K Star dedication house’, as well as multimedia content relating to Gong, the cinema will also be donating part of its profits to the Hong Kong movie industry to help support local film development. Although it’s a sad state of affairs when our local film industry is receiving handouts from South Korean entertainment behemoths, the concept is a nice way of acknowledging the legacy of Hong Kong cinema and its impact on the development of modern South Korean movies.
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