Korean, Japanese Fans Can’t Stop Watching ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - Rolling Stone
Rollingstone.com - Fri 11 Jan 12:22 GMT

Korean, Japanese Fans Can’t Stop Watching ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - Rolling Stone

The highest-grossing music biopic ever has struck a chord internationally, reigniting Queen fandom and disrupting moviegoing norms

  Bohemian Rhapsody has become the highest-grossing biopic of all-time, thanks in large part to Queen’s East Asian fans.

  According to sales figures from IMDB’s Box Office Mojo, the biopic has made more money in South Korea ($70 million) and in Japan ($64 million) than in the band’s home of Great Britain ($63 million).

  The biopic’s popularity for Korean and Japanese fans may be attributed to “sing-along” screenings of the film in South Korea, where moviegoers are also encouraged to dress up as Freddie Mercury.

  For Korean and Japanese fans, the film has tapped into generational nostalgia while also exposing the band to a younger generation.

  Queen had immense popularity in both countries during the Seventies and Eighties, and that long relationship between the band and their fans there even prompted a gracious “thank you” video from guitarist Brian May where he marvels at the movie’s success in Korea specifically.