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ASSASSINATION Becomes the 12th Korean Film to Cross 10 Million Viewers
Aug 20, 2015
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Second Film over the Mark for Director CHOI Dong-hoon
After 25 days on release, CHOI Dong-hoon’s period action flick Assassination became the 12th Korean film (16th overall) to cross the 10 million viewer mark at the Korean box office, reaching the mark on the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan, August 15th. A day later, Assassination also eclipsed The Avengers: Age of Ultron to become the most successful film of the year. To date, the film has accrued 10.92 million admissions (USD 71.47 million) and is still second ranked on the local charts.
Continuing CHOI’s string of career hits, Assassination afforded the filmmaker his second 10 million viewer blockbuster, following 2012’s The Thieves (both films were distributed by Showbox). He is only the second Korean director to achieve that distinction, following JK YOUN, whose films Haeundae (2009) and Ode to My Father also reached the mark. Starring Gianna JUN and LEE Jung-jae (who also featured in The Thieves) as well as HA Jung-woo, CHOI’s film tells the story of Korean independence fighters orchestrating a hit on ranking Japanese military figures in the 1930s.
Currently 13th on the all-time chart, just behind Silmido (2003), Assassination is poised to crack the top ten before long. Summer 2015 may yield another 10 million viewer hit in short order, as current chart-topper Veteran from RYOO Seung-wan is already at 7.23 million admissions (USD 47.76 million) while still sitting comfortably on top of the rankings, accounting for just shy of 50% of the market.