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SKorean disaster film biggest hit in 3 years

SKorean disaster film biggest hit in 3 years

In a sign of the South Korean film industry's recovery, a local disaster movie has become the country's most popular title in three years, a publicist said Thursday.
"Haeundae" has drawn nearly 10.3 million theatergoers and earned 82.4 billion South Korean won ($66 million) as of Wednesday, beating competitors including "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," CJ Entertainment publicist Jessica Kim told The Associated Press in a phone interview. The thriller about a tsunami that hits the southern beach resort city of Busan was released on July 22.
The 13 billion won ($10.4 million) production directed by J.K. Youn is also now the fifth best-selling film in the country of all time. The reigning champion is the 2006 monster film "The Host," which drew just over 13 million viewers.
"Haeundae" has also done well in international sales, snagging a rare profit-sharing deal with a Chinese importer and finding distributors in 24 other countries, including Australia, Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands, according to CJ Entertainment.
South Korean movies are recovering lost ground against foreign competition. Local films enjoyed a market share of 45 percent in the first half of the year _ up from 37 percent a year ago _ according to a recent report in the Korean Film Council's bimonthly magazine Korean Cinema Today. Seven of the top 10 films at the South Korean box office in the first six months were local productions.
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Updated : 2020-12-02 17:55 GMT+08:00