It’s Bittersweet – Another Anniversary

 
 
April 17 and April 18 marks the 3rd anniversary in Korea and the United States of Make Your Move (formerly Cobu 3D) starring BoA Kwon and Derek Hough. To staunch BoA and Derek fans, the anniversary is bittersweet.  We sorrow at the lack of promotion of this independent film that we watched being filmed for over two years beginning in April 2011. We so wanted this film to do well. Oh well! No matter what, we remember fondly the beautiful and amazing dance scenes between this powerful couple.

Wanna reminisce with us? You can! Or did you miss the film? Not too late. Watch the film or rent it here. Very reasonably priced.

Recently, our friends over at PureDerekHough.com found a site that put together a video that lists their TOP TEN favorite movies.  Make Your Move makes their list; it’s their number four pick. (We like their thinking.) See the video below (BoA and Derek are at the 2.37 mark).

 

For more reminiscing, see our post from 2015 with lots of visuals. Click here.

The Anniversary of “Make Your Move” – Two Years Ago



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The release of Make Your Move starring Derek Hough as Donny and BoA Kwon as Aya has come and gone, yet we’d like to reminisce a bit on the movie because the month of April is its anniversary. 🙂  It was two years ago, on April 17, 2014, that Make Your Move was released in South Korea, followed by its release on April 18 in the US. How long we had waited!

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Many of us had followed the cast and crew of Cobu 3D for 3 years, beginning in April of 2011. We sought pictures, listened to all the interviews, tweeted with the cast, and read everything we could get our hands on.  We suffered through all the delays, eagerly awaiting the official release. And once the film was released, we sighed at the lack of promotion of this intriguing dance film (see here).  It had been some journey, right?

For old time’s sake, let’s walk down Memory Lane. Below are just a few pictures, videos, interviews, etc. Enjoy this nostalgic, sentimental look back!

VIDEOS

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We absolutely loved this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that was released to us by High Top Releasing! In the video, we gained a little inside-look of how the dance scenes were created for the film and how the diverse music was incorporated into MAKE YOUR MOVE. We got nice interviews too from Duane Adler, Derek Hough, BoA Kwon, Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo, and Yako Miyamoto!

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How about this beautiful, romantic, sexy and exquisite video! (Thanks to xkjcharmed21x at Youtube who created it.) The chemistry between Derek and BoA melted the screen! Sigh…. 🙂 They are still our favorite couple to ship. 🙂

PHOTO GALLERIES

You can’t deny the incredible chemistry that Derek Hough and BoA had together on screen in MAKE YOUR MOVE as we watched their characters ‘Donny’ and ‘Aya’ fall in love!

Check out this photo gallery of scenes from Make Your Move of our favorite moments of Donny & Aya! Don’t you just want to go “Awwwww!”?

Enjoy this brief slideshow below of @MYMtheMovies’s marketing teasers. Such neat phrases that say it all. 🙂

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Below are a few movie stills. Do you recall the scenes and the circumstances surrounding them?

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THE MUSIC: OFFICIAL SOUND TRACK

Some of our most popular posts on this site have been the ones about the music. Below are a few of the songs. You can get the Official Soundtrack (OST) on iTunes.

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Don’t you just love the wonderful and memorable song written by Derek, and especially the romantic scene that he and BoA danced to?

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Let Me In
Written by Michael Corcoran, Eric Goldman, and Derek Hough
Performed by Michael Corcoran (during the film) and BoA (during end credits).
Sample of the Song by BoA

K-Pop Artists

From Lust Til Dawn (Nu Abo)
Written by Mich Hansen, Engelina Larsen, Jose Aguirre Lopez, and Thomas Troelsen
Performed by F(x)
Sample of the Song

Say Yes
Written by Johannes Joergensen and Daneil Klein
Performed by Jessica of Girls’ Generation, Krystal of F(x), and KRIS of EXO-M
Sample of the Song

Runnin’ On Empty
Written by Peter Habib, March Joseph, Adam Nierow, and Yaroslav Vynnytsky
Performed by TVXQ
Sample of the Song

Cheap Creeper
Written by Michael Gusbee and Kalle Engstrom
Performed by Girls’ Generation
Sample of the Song

Shannon LaBrie

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You Found Me
Written and Performed by Shannon LaBrie
Entire Song

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Catching Shadows
Written by Amy Powers and Matthew Tishler
Performed by Felicia Barton
Sample of the Song

Other Artists

Everybody (DPPLGNGRS Remix)
Written and Performed by IDC
Sample of the Song

 

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NOSTALGIC WRAP-UP

No review would be complete without the now famous Official trailer. How many times have we each watched this? Be honest! 🙂

As our final offering for our walk down Memory Lane — for one last time — let’s watch this incredibly sweet “Goodnight” scene between Donny and Aya.

Hope you enjoyed this flashback of Make Your Move (aka Cobu 3D) and all the fond memories it may have evoked. It’s been sweet preparing it for you!

Thanks for stopping by our website and supporting us all these years! It’s been a blast! From all of us at MakeYourMoveFans: “Over and Out!” 🙂

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Over and Out!

“Make Your Move” to Air on HBO Beginning January 2, 2015

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Despite the original limited release of “Make Your Move”, there are now multiple ways for Derek Hough and BoA fans to see the movie that was officially released in the United States on April 18, 2014. In a previous blog, we mentioned that the film is available for rental or purchase on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, or Comcast On-Demand. Here is that blog.

And now, beginning January 2, 2015, the movie will be available on TV in the US for HBO subscribers (Home Box Office). If you are not a subscriber, contact your local cable company for details. (Additional fees may apply.) Provided your cable company is showing the movie, here is the schedule for the film.

The dancing in this movie makes it a must-see, as well as some of the original music  by artists such as Super Junior, TVXQ, Shannon LaBrie, F(x), Girls’ Generation, and the featured song by Derek Hough “Let Me In.” Of course, Derek Hough is not hard on the eyes, nor is BoA, which makes this movie really easy to watch. 🙂

Other stars in this film directed by Duane Adler, the screenwriter of the Step Up films, are Will Yun Lee, Wesley Jonathan, Miki Ishikawa, Jefferson Brown, Yako Yakamoto, Rich Gonzalez, Michael Mando, and a special guest cameo from Korean pop sensation, Yunho.

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Check out “Make Your Move” on HBO, available beginning January 2. What a great way to start the New Year. Treat yourself.

Enjoy!

4 Ways to Watch “Make Your Move” Starring Derek Hough and BoA

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Haven’t you seen Make Your Move yet? Or maybe you’ve seen it, but would like to see it again, yes? Well, why not heat things up tonight by watching Donny and Aya and their amazing chemistry and their out-of-this world dancing? While you’re at it, be mesmerized by the awesome displays of group dancing and Japanese taiko drumming. Truly, this movie is quite possibly the dance film of the decade?

Make Your Move starring Derek Hough and BoA was released for such a short time and in only a limited number of theaters, but we want everyone who enjoys dance flicks to be able to savor this movie. The dancing is that good. Here are four ways you can still see this movie.

Try iTunes. itunes-25-535x535 For just $14.99, you can download into your iTunes library your very own copy in HD, or for just $12.99 in SD. Or if you wish, you can rent the film in HD for $4.99 or in SD at $3.99. Such a deal! (We recommend you buy your very own copy, however, for the bonus features.)

 

 

To buy the DVD with the bonus features (deleted scenes, how Derek and BoA learned their choreographed routines), Amazon is the way to go. amazonYou can purchase the DVD for $22.81 or in Blu-Ray™ for $25.89. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can have your very own copy for $14.96 or $19.95 respectively. Amazon Prime members can even rent it for $3.99. Head over to Amazon.com, if you want to watch it this way.

While you’re there, take a look at Derek Hough’s new book, Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion. The Make Your Move DVD and Derek’s new book can be purchased together for just $30.77. Such a deal! 🙂 Or, if you just want an autographed copy of the book, you can go here.

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vudu_logoDo you have access to Vudu ? Vudu is available on virtually every internet-connected Blu-ray™ player and HD TV on the market. You can download a copy of Make Your Move for only $14.99 in HD, $$13.99 in SD. Or you can rent a copy for $5.99 in HDX, $4.99 in HD and $3.99 in SD. Go to Vudu, if you want to watch it this way.

Are you connected to a cable company and have access to On-Demand features? Comcast-on-Demand-LogoIf so, then you can watch the movie on your own TV. For example, Comcast rents Make Your Move On-Demand for $5.99 in HD, $4.99 in SD. Turn on your TV and check it out. Here’s a brief clip from Xfinity Comcast’s On-Demand of Aya’s Drum class. Remember that scene? Or check out the movie trailer.

Just to entice you more, check out this behind-the-scenes clip of Make Your Move…and then — make sure you go get your own copy. 🙂

“Make Your Move” Contest Winners

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The final results are in! Thanks to all those who participated in our Make Your Move contest. Participants had to tell us, in 200 words or less, an entertaining story of waiting to see Make Your Move or an interesting story about an experience while watching the film. Below we include the stories we enjoyed the most.

Congratulations to our winners!

Honorable Mention: (The original version was well over the requisite 200 words or less. Here is an excerpt.)
Lily G.
Grove Theatrer
Los Angeles, California

I live in Salt Lake City, UT and entered the contest through DramaFever unintentionally. The Friday before the premiere I received an email that said that I won and that BoA would be at the premiere.

We arrived an hour or two early at the theater and waited around until we could register/check-in. Then when we got into the theater we sat in the upper area. But when I asked one of the representatives whether I could take pictures of BoA’s reserved seating areas, she informed us that they’d be closer to the movie screen when they came in. So if I wanted to get better pictures, we’d have a better chance if we sat down below. So we quickly moved into about the third row in the theater. When BoA walked into the theater I literally froze. My friend kept pointing at her and saying, “Aren’t you going to take any pictures? She’s right there”.I couldn’t even say anything!! She’s been my idol since I was eleven years old, so 13 years? Almost her entire career. I couldn’t even process the fact that she was standing right in front of me. When the movie began, I couldn’t look away from where she was sitting and I was so sad when she walked out with Derek.

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2nd Place: Winner of a “Make Your Move” t-shirt!
Josie D.
Fresno, California
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The day that I went to see Make Your Movie, I had actually brought my parents as company (oh boy). At one point in the movie, it had reached a hot dance scene between BoA and Derek. Now mind you, this is actually the first time I’ve seen BoA act more sensual, especially with a partner. So I was already dying on my chair and blushing like mad, when I remember that I had brought my dad who is more of an action flick, cut-the-romance kind of guy. Even in the dark, I could see his hand shading his face from embarrassment. Meanwhile my mom was enjoying the scene in full comfort. She said it was romantic.

After the movie we talked about it and focus returned to that scene. The conversation went something like:

Dad: You know he felt up her twins right?
Mom: No he didn’t.
Dad: Okay then, he brushed up against the front of her chest!
Me: OMG, he did? BoA getting bold with Derek!!!! SNAP

Needless to say that I had maybe missed a bit of the romantic scene as I was recovering from the intensity on the chair next to me. 🙂

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1st Place: Winner of an “Make Your Move” poster autographed by Derek Hough and Duane Adler AND a “Make Your Move” t-shirt!
Kathy B.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The weekend MYM premiered, I went out for a Friday night family dinner and to MYM on Saturday. All through dinner, my son, Joe tried to pump me up for MYM by telling stories about how I am a Derek “fanatic”! He told of the Christmas that my entire family, unbeknownst to each other, all bought me [Derek Hough] sweatshirts or autographed pics. He enjoyed winding me up by reminiscing about the Thanksgiving we played a game where you put celebrity names in a bowl and tried to get the others to guess. Joe added Derek’s name and roared when my brother-in-law blurted out in frustration… “I don’t know who this Derek How is – I hate this guy!”

They had a laugh on me but did enjoy watching the MYM trailer after[wards].

I drove 75 miles on Saturday to Minneapolis and saw MYM twice. First alone, to savor the experience and the second time with my daughter. I waited more than a year for MYM and it didn’t disappoint! The dancing and Derek’s acting were superb. The pace was brisk and the love story was believable. Derek made a handsome romantic leading man. I am soooo excited for the DVD.

[Editors’ Note: Kathy does not have long to wait for the DVD, see here.]

CONTEST! Win an Autographed “Make Your Move” Poster or a T-Shirt!!!

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How would you like to win a beautiful Make Your Move poster autographed by leading man Derek Hough and by director Duane Adler? Or your very own Make Your Move T-shirt? Well, here’s how you can try to win!

Our team of 5 will decide on the 1st and 2nd place winners and notify the winner by email. (Sorry, all contest participants must live in the United States.) We will post the winning entries.

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1st Place prize: An autographed Make Your Move poster AND a Make Your Move t-shirt (size small) See the photo above of the tee. Not many people have one of these posters. If you win it, you’ll have an item to treasure for a very long time.

2nd Place prize: A Make Your Move t-shirt (size small). See the photo above of the tee. Size too small for you? Hang it on your bedroom wall or better yet frame it. 🙂

Good luck!

UPDATED Movie GROSSES: “Make Your Move” Suffers from Lack of Promotion!

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The long awaited movie, Make Your Move, is proving to be a real hit with most fans — the fans who were able to see it, that is!

Overall, in the United States, the movie released in 142 theaters on April 18, and after 11 days ranks 38th. Below are the daily gross totals* as of Monday, April 28, 2014.

  • Friday – April 18 – $30,089
  • Saturday – April 19 – $30,438
  • Sunday – April 20 – $20, 645
  • Monday – April 21 – $9,617
  • Tuesday – April 22 – $10, 171
  • Wednesday – April 23 – $8,881
  • Thursday – April 24 – $7,792
  • Friday – April 25 – $1,254
  • Saturday – April 26 – $2,193
  • Sunday – April 27 – $1,213
  • Monday – April 28 – $695

The total gross for the United States is $122,293. Worldwide, excluding Korea, the total gross is now at $1,468,293. According to KpopStarz, this film was expected to earn over $6,300,000 after a release in 54 countries.

This limited release movie has obviously not done well at the Box Office, not in the United States, not in Europe, and not even in Korea, where it was expected to do so. Let’s review some of the possible reasons why this is.

1. In Europe and other countries across the pond, where the leading stars are not known, theater attendance was sparse. The film yielded only $1,346,000 in 13 countries. That’s an average of approximately 103,500 per country.

2. In South Korea, where BoA is a huge star, the unfortunate and sad incident of the ferry capsizing, the day before the movie’s release, was the cause for the cancelling of promotional activities for the film.

Despite the ferry incident, this movie in a country of 50 million, surprisingly, had less than 10,000 viewers, and was viewed in only 70 theaters(On April 17, the movie released at midnight in five movie theaters. Only 57 moviegoers were in attendance.) Mainstream media promotion was nil. The total monetary figures are not known, however, the movie ranks 43.

Ironically, on Naver, Korea’s main search engine, “Make Your Move” is 6th among hits. See here. Sadly, the movie is no longer being shown on the big screen for people to see it.

3. In the United States, the film also has suffered, primarily from lack of promotion. Many Derek, BoA, Wesley Jonathan and Will Yun Lee fans know nothing about this film. The movie has received no television, radio, or newspaper advertising. The only promotion seems to be social media.  The caveat here is that you would have to have already known about the film to have sought it out on social media.

The leading stars of this film, Derek Hough and BoA, have hardly mentioned this movie. Other than the required interviews that were given for the film’s premiere screening on March 31, which generated a slue of newspaper reviews of the film, there has been little media coverage to ‘market’ the film to potential moviegoers.

There have been many “free” screenings of this film, not to mention numerous online bootleg versions, which all subtract from the number of possible paid ticket holders.

The limited number of theaters showing this film has obviously hurt the possibility for this movie to do well. It is shown in a limited number of cities and states. The first week the movie was shown, it was in 142 theaters. The second week it was only 40 theaters — across the entire United States! So far, it has not been shown in some countries that normally view movies from the United States.

Unless something changes, and the distributors decide to allocate more funds for promotion, Make Your Move appears to be doomed, despite the fact that fans are loving the movie for it’s dancing; the awesome blending of dance modes (such as tap, hip hop, taiko drum dancing), and  Derek and BoA’s sweet chemistry.

If the movie is shown in your area, how fortunate you are. There’s still time to see this film! Hurry to the theater. Seeing it on the big screen is far better than seeing it online or on DVD (whenever it’s released).

* Box office grosses are credited to Box Office Mojo.

What Inspires Duane Adler’s Writing & ‘Make Your Move’ [INTERVIEW]

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We found this great fantastic interview with MAKE YOUR MOVE director, Duane Adler, by Mae Abdulbaki from Punch Drunk Critics. In the interview, Duane discusses his transition from screenwriter to director, how it felt directing Derek Hough & Boa in their first film roles, and how writes and envisions a dance scene! Duane also talks about his possible next directing project, which sounds very interesting! We’ve included some of our favorite parts before, but be sure to click here to read the entire article!

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You said that you felt you were the best person to direct this movie. Was there another director attached to the project at any point in time?

No. This was something I pitched. I wanted to do an East meets West story. An American boy and an Asian girl. And I felt like tap dance was underutilized as an art form in movies. There hasn’t been a tap dance movie in years, probably since Tap in the late ’80s. I was kind of watching what was going on in Tap and there were some tap dancers and I watched what they did and I was like, “this is really cool!”

It’s very edgy and raw and urban. So I knew I wanted the lead character to be a tap dancer. I was looking for something for my love interest that would really have a percussion element to go along with the tap dancing and something that’s unique to Asian culture. And I thought, “what about taiko drums? Those are really cool, I love those things.” So I Googled tap dance and taiko drums just to see if anybody had done something or was doing anything with those instruments, and I found this group in New York called Cobu.

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As a director, how was it working with first-time actor Derek Hough and with BoA in her first English-speaking role?

You know, as a director, I couldn’t have asked for more from both of them and I couldn’t have felt luckier because they were both workaholics. Neither of them had done a movie before. Derek was on the West End when he was 18, but never been in a movie before. But obviously from being on the show [Dancing with the Stars], he was very camera-savvy and very used to working with a lot of people around.

And BoA, she’d grown up around the spotlight, so that part of it was easy for both of them. But the challenge for both of them, and was something that they both embraced, was the work that it takes to be relaxed on camera and to not feel the pressure of having to be perfect every time. Both in the dance numbers as well as the acting. To be able to know that this isn’t live television and that we can take two or three takes. They can warm up into this. They both just went with it and trusted me and trusted the process. We asked an enormous amount of them. They started dance rehearsals five weeks before we started shooting. They lived in the dance studio with the choreographers and the dancers. And they embraced it all and were ready to go.

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When you sit down to write, coming from a dance perspective, do you imagine the dance scenes in your head as you’re writing certain scenes?

Yeah. Yeah, I do. When I write a dance scene, I do write on the page a lot describing it. I don’t try to describe the dance moves though. I don’t try to say, “she spins on toes in a three-spin pirouette.” I don’t get into the technical terms, but I try to take the reader on an emotional journey. I ask myself before I write any dance numbers, “what’s the story of this dance?” And that’s where I start. What are the characters trying to express? What are they trying to say? Not unlike how a musical would work, when the character breaks into song, and that’s what’s happening here with our characters.

Each time Derek and BoA dance, we’re furthering the story and they’re saying something to the other person that they’re not saying in words. So I’ll put that on the page and might write

a page and a half, a page, describing that. And then I’d share that with the choreographers and the music department. And Derek actually wrote one of the songs with that in mind. He co-wrote the “Let Me In” song when they do the beautiful duet in the studio. So it’s all really a collaborative experience, but it does all start with what I envision when I’m writing it.

What I didn’t want to do with this movie is make it a dance battle movie. I wanted to make these dances in this movie much more intimate. Much more storytelling. I didn’t want the movie to feel like it stops for a dance number. I wanted the dances to be dramatic and sensual and romantic. Just two characters expressing themselves.

Read the rest of this great interview here!

Box Office Grosses and Rankings for “Make Your Move”

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Make Your Move opened in the United States on April 18, 2014, almost three years after the filming of the movie. How did it do?

So far the film has an earnings total of $90,789 dollars domestically, giving Make Your Move a ranking of 38, as of Monday, for current releases. Its total ranking is 9,374 out of 12,600 films. Not too bad!

Below are the four day totals.

  • Friday – April 18 – $30,089
  • Saturday – April 19 – $30,438
  • Sunday – April 20 – $20, 645
  • Monday – April 21 – $9,617

Foreign grosses from July 2013 to the present are $1,346,000. These figures are totals from 13 countries. Combined, therefore, the worldwide gross is $1,436,789.

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Credits to: Box Office Mojo

Make Your Move is an independent film, and “Indies” notoriously do not have big budgets for advertising. As we all know, there was very little commercial promotion of this movie. It is somewhat amazing that it has done as well as it has from mainly word-of-mouth and social media.  Choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo judge the film to have had a successful opening, saying on Instagram:

So much fun doing commentary for #MakeYourMove DVD. Movie did fantastic this weekend. Who went and saw it?

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We will have to see how successful the film ends up being. The determining factor will be if movie cinemas continue showing the movie more than just one week, and if other theaters pick up the film to show it in more theaters across the United States.

A member of our team has this to say about the numbers from opening weekend:

I compare [this movie] to a movie I knew about in the late 70s. It was released in about the same number of theaters (142). It only grossed $318,000 or so its opening weekend. The movie is called the “Idolmaker” [1980]. It received rave reviews but very little promoting. I will say this; The amazing performances from Ray Sharky & Peter Gallager in this small film, helped to catapult their movie/TV careers.

“Beast of The Southern Wild” also comes to mind. It opened up to only $170,000 its first weekend. The little girl in the movie went on to be nominated for an Oscar! This was a couple of years ago.

Derek & BoA have received some great reviews, so I really believe/hope their hard work will not go unnoticed.

In Korea, Make Your Move opened on April 17, 2014, and rated 16 in the Box Office rankings. Another successful opening.

As fans of Derek Hough, BoA, Will Yun Lee, Wesley Jonathan, and the other amazing members of the cast, we can do our part to assure the success of this film by making sure that we see the movie ‘in the theater’, and by promoting it to our friends and relatives. Let’s continue our advertising efforts by word-of-mouth. So far, we’ve all done a great job, haven’t we? 🙂

Make your move, folks!

*Movie ratings and grosses are credited to Box Office Mojo.