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'Real' popular, Kim Soo Hyun's movie pulls in Taiwanese audiences

One million viewers in just three days for 'Real'


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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --- More than one million viewers watched the Korean noir action thriller 'Real" in the first three days of its arrival in Taiwan's cinemas on Aug 4.

The movie stars Kim Soo Hyun and Sulli who is former member of K-pop group F(x). It has a 19+ rating due to some racy content, including nudity, murder and drugs.

The movie attracted a lot of attention after its release in Korea on June 28. Actor Kim Soo Hyun's popularity expanded beyond Asia after playing the role of an “alien” in the drama “My love from the stars”.

In the film, Kim Soo Hyun plays the role of Jang Tae Young, a criminal world troubleshooter who owns a casino and a split personality.

Due to the film's adult content, it received bad reviews on internet, but it has been a hot topic of debate among fans. They love its non-linear story dealing with a mysterious psychiatrist, split personalities, a masked man trying to impersonate and take over, and a casino battle.

After hearing about negative comments during a promotional event for the film, Kim Soo Hyun said: “I play Jang Tae Young in “Real” I've waited for this moment for so very long. I'm both very nervous and thrilled about today. The movie may be a bit unfriendly to you all. But I think that is only natural. I hope you give the movie a lot of love and support”.

China's Alibaba footed production costs for the film and originally, the movie was scheduled to be released in Korea and China simultaneously. However, due to the deployment of the THAAD system, relations soured and it took another year after filming ended for the movie to be released.. As 29 year old Kim will enlist in military service in the second half of this year, the production team decided to release the movie before he departed.

The movie also has special participation in short cameos roles by actor Park Seo Joon as a bodyguard, singer IU as an Awards ceremony guide, and Bae Suzy as a Tattooist.