|Cheese in the Trap|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kim Je-young|
|Produced by||Hwang Ji-sun|
|Based on||Cheese in the Trap
Mountain Movement Story
|Distributed by||Little Big Pictures|
|14 March 2018|
|Box office||US$1.8 million|
Cheese in the Trap (Hangul: 치즈 인 더 트랩) is a 2018 South Korean romance film starring Park Hae-jin, Oh Yeon-seo and Park Ki-woong, based on the Korean webtoon of the same name. It was released on March 14, 2018.
The production was first announced in March 2016, and confirmed Park Hae-jin's return to reprise his role as Yoo Jung. It was announced that Kim Go-eun, the lead actress of the television adaptation, was not offered a role and a new actress would be sought. The Korean-Chinese production team are holding open casting auditions for the female lead in advance of shooting, which is scheduled to commence in early 2017. In August, it was announced that Oh Yeon-seo was cast as the female lead.
The trailer of Cheese in the Trap was released on February 13, 2018 and it accumulated more than 2.4 million views within the first week.
On March 7, 2018, a press conference was held at CGV Yongsan-gu, Seoul. The main cast together with the director were present at the event.
Due to the fact that Cheese in the Trap was released exclusively on CGV theatres, some Korean movie organizations questioned if that was showing "deepening monopoly" of the CJ Group-owned movie theatre chain. They also condemned the "double standard" of distributor Little Big Pictures. The company was founded in 2013 by a consortium of producers and organizations that condemned the so-called "monopolistic practices" of CGV and its sister company CJ E&M, Lotte Group's Lotte Cinema and Lotte Entertainment, Orion Group's Showbox, and JoongAng Media Network's Megabox.
According to Korean Film Council, Cheese in the Trap came in third place at the local box office on its opening day by attracting 32,805 moviegoers. The film was shown 1,636 times on 346 screens in CGV theatres.
During the first weekend since the film was released, it drew 106,196 viewers and placed in top five at the weekend box office.