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.

“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!

Where Are They Now? — The Stars of “Make Your Move”

Let’s catch up with the two leading stars of Make Your Move, which was released earlier this year in Korea and in the United States. If you missed the film, it is available on DVD or Blu Ray. Just for the dancing and the music from American and K-Pop artists alone, the film is so worth it.

Derek HoughDEREK HOUGH (plays Donny) – The five-time champ of Dancing With the Stars and Emmy Award winner in choreography is back for his 14th season. Derek’s partner for the season  Bethany Mota, a young You Tube vlogger with millions of subscribers. Recently Derek and Bethany had the opportunity to perform to Gene Kelly’s iconic song, Singin’ In the Rain. Click here for more details, and a video of the performance.

Derek is also going to appear in four episodes of the popular ABC show Nashville. Derek will appear for the first time on October 8 in an episode entitled, “I Can’t Get Over You to Save My Life.” Below is a promo of his appearance.

 

BoA KwonBOA KWON (plays Aya) – BoA has been involved in a comeback tour in Japan, the release of a new single,”Masayume Chasing”, as well as a new album entitled, Who’s Back?. Just recently, she completed a SMtown Concert in Tokyo for 2 days with other SM entertainment label mates.

 

In filmography, BoA is set to make her domestic film debut in a Korean movie called Big Match. The film is a techno-crime thriller about the happenings at a gambling house. In the film, she plays Soo-Kyung (a woman of mystery). The film is to be released in December 2014.

 

Reviews of the Incredible Dancing in Duane Adler’s “Make Your Move”

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We all know that critics can be harsh, especially when they critique a movie on what it “isn’t” rather than what it “is.” Make Your Move was released in the United States on April 18 to mixed reviews, some critics damned the film based on its the plot, while others absolutely delighted in it. Hmmmm. Well which is it?

However, thank goodnessthat most all critics agree that the dancing in this “dance” film is absolutely TOPS.  Below are some reviews for you to read about how this movie fares with the critics.  Click on the links to see the full reviews.

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From DVD Talk (July 22, 2014)

 Story-wise, there are a number of complications involving permits, gunshots, viral videos, and sibling rivalry, but Adler is wise enough to blaze through this material, keeping the focus of the film on the dance routines and the sexual chemistry. … There’s a bit of electricity coming off this thing — no guilt in taking pleasure.

Make Your Move doesn’t break ground in the world of fiction, but its high-energy, does-what’s-advertised pleasures will leave plenty of viewers tapping their feet. Recommended.

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From IMDB User Review (April 19, 2014)

“Make Your Move” is one of the best movies about dancing and expressing the feelings through the moves, about passion, hard work and, of course, love. … To say more, I was really amazed by the incredible choreography, the soundtracks were fabulous as well, and I absolutely love the cast and the crew … “Make Your Move” is an amazing movie about dancing, passion, love and so much more ….

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The Nerdist (April 19, 2014)

Duane Adler’s Make Your Move (not to be confused with Step Up, Take the Lead, Stomp the Yard, or any other dance films with an imperative verb in the title) is everything a dance film needs to be. It has dance-talented leads, a hugely charismatic lead actress, an interesting enough story, and enough dance sequences to keep the movie afloat. Indeed, there is a dance sequence in the middle of Make Your Move wherein our handsomely bland hero Donny (Derek Hough) and our chirpy and wonderful heroine Aya (Korean pop idol BoA) seduce and undress one another – in dance – as a form of foreplay. The foreplay dance is one of the best dance numbers I’ve seen in any dance film.

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From Roger Ebert.com (April 18, 2014)

“Make Your Move” has a pretty complicated plot, involving corporate sponsorship, event planning, career moves for dancers, visa and immigration issues, not to mention various family dramas and burgeoning romance. It’s a lot to absorb. But a movie like “Make Your Move” rests on the success of its various dance sequences, not its plot. And the dancing here is exciting, innovative, and specific.

“Make Your Move” has an underlying sweetness that serves it well. … It features a diverse cast, accurately reflecting the dance world and its inhabitants. Adler and Middleton know that when we come to a dance movie, we want a chance to see, really see, those dances. They find a way to do just that.

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From the Hollywood Reporter (April 17, 2014)

The Romeo and Juliet-inspired plotline basically serves as a framing device allowing the opportunity for a plethora of exuberant dance sequences that particularly show off Hough’s considerable talent. Although it takes a while for the main characters to hook up, Hough’s Donny seals the deal with an impromptu dance duet in which he removes his shirt to reveal his admirably chiseled torso. While the Astaire-Rogers movies used dance as a metaphor for sex, in these modern variations it’s an elaborate form of foreplay.

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From the New York Times (April 17, 2014)

Duane Adler, the writer of “Step Up” and “Save the Last Dance,” capably directs “Make Your Move,” a soapy, flashy confection that juxtaposes Mr. Hough’s tap dancing with the Japanese drumming style Taiko, tossed with liberal helpings of contemporary hip-hop moves. Mr. Hough, a “Dancing With the Stars” champion, impresses with his footwork and sufficiently fulfills his romantic-lead duties.

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From the L.A. Times (April 17, 2014)

Duane Adler’s film is a celebration of cultural hybridization. Its core dance styles are a wonderfully frenetic fusion of tap and hip-hop and a truly novel blend of Japanese taiko drumming and K-pop girl-group choreography.

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From the New York Daily News (April 17, 2014)

Director Duane Adler’s energetic dance flick is bound to be dismissed as a “Step Up” wannabe. But most of that series’ recent sequels were not as good as “Make Your Move.”

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From Soompi.com (April 16, 2014)

The wide variety of music and dance styles are sure to entice even the most non-dance friendly of viewers as per writer and director Duane Adler’s time-tested dance romance movie skills. The film is vivid, gorgeous, and definitely worth a watch.

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From Arts Beat L.A. (April 1, 2014)

…You probably haven’t seen taiko drumming to dub step underscoring plus all kinds of dreamy, fluid modern and hip-hop dancing in one sweet movie, so now you can!

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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. 🙂

Derek Hough: Preparing to Film His First Full-Length Movie “Make Your Move”

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Below is a brief clip taken from the bonus features of the new Make Your Move DVD. Derek and others talk about Derek’s experience while working on the film, and how he put his heart and soul into learning how to tap dance. For the complete version of his experience, make sure you buy the DVD itself. The Making of the Movie feature is awesome, as well as the Deleted Scenes.

“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.]

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!