The director's cut version ofhit Korean film April Snow, starringBae Yong-joon, has broken the all-time record for first-day advance ticketsales in Japan.
Distributed by UIP in
The longer version ofdirector Hur Jin-ho's romantic drama will feature both extended scenes,completely new scenes and a different ending, for a total of 30 extra minutesof footage. Screenings will be held at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills flagshiptheatre in
Advance ticket sales beganon July 7 and large crowds forced tickets to go on sale two hours earlier thanoriginally scheduled. According to local media, ticket sales at Roppongi topped5,800 and 3,200 at
Tours for the sole purposeof buying the tickets were also prearranged for those outside of the twocities. Advance ticket buyers will receive a limited-edition postcard depictingan image from the director's cut.
The accompanying DVD will bereleased soon after, on September 21, packaged in a deluxe case and including abooklet.
Bae Yong-joon, known as"Yon-sama" in
Although the wave is nowwaning, Bae still has a huge following among Japanese women and has inspired avirtual industry of tours, merchandise and events.