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'Whiplash' strikes a chord for South Koreans at the box office
'Whiplash' strikes a chord for South Koreans at the box office

While watching "Whiplash," the Oscar-winning movie about an aspiring jazz drummer trained by a sadistic teacher in New York, Kaylee Kang saw potent glimpses of her own youth as a competitive dancer in South Korea. Scenes of the film's main character, Andrew, drumming until his hands bleed brought back memories of the aching knees she developed after seven-day weeks of marathon days dancing on 31/2-inch heels. Kang says of Andrew, "No matter what, he just kept going to satisfy his instructor. I was just like that." "Whiplash" opened in South Korea on March 12 and has brought in $9 million at the box office, a strong total for an independent, overseas...

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