South Korean Comedy 'Twenty' to Get North American Release

Next Entertainment World

The hit youth comedy starring top Asian actors will open across 25 theaters in major U.S. cities.

South Korean comedy Twenty will reach North American shores, simultaneously opening across 25 theaters on April 17, CJ Entertainment America announced on Wednesday.

Asian movie fans across major cities will be able to watch the film, including in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Dallas, as well as in Toronto and Vancouver. Organizers also plan to host special previews and other events for members of the local Korean communities.

Twenty debuted No. 1 in the Korean box office last week from March 27-29. Though it ceded the top spot to global hit Furious 7, the film continues to perform strongly here to earn a cumulative gross of about $16.5 million as of Wednesday (Korean Film Council's KOBIS database).

Distributed in Korea by Next Entertainment World (NEW), the star-studded film has been receiving positive reviews for bringing an unusually lighthearted touch to local youth dramas, which largely deal with the darker side of growing pains. Popular local actors Kim Woo-bin, Lee Jun-ho and Kang Ha-neul play 20-year-olds undergoing various growing pains and romantic troubles.

CJ Entertainment America will handle the North American release. The company began directly distributing films in the U.S. in 2009 and is one of the largest distributors of Asian films in the region, handling around 20 to 24 titles per year.